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The new Bucks arena is the world's first bird-friendly arena, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Bryan Lenz, bird collision campaign manager with the American Bird Conservancy, had a lot to do with Fiserv Forum's owner's decision to consider bird safety.

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Carolyn Stanford Taylor is Wisconsin’s first African-American superintendent of schools. She was appointed last week by Gov. Tony Evers to take over his former job leading the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Stanford Taylor has firsthand experience with America’s deep-seated education inequities. As a 9-year-old, she was one the first black students to integrate schools in her hometown of Marks, Miss.

She says her mom posed the question to her and her siblings one day on the walk to school: do you want to go to the black school or the white school? 

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If you didn't know better, you’d be forgiven for thinking playwright and Brookfield native Ayad Akhtar moonlights as an economist. From The Invisible Hand, which touches on how terrorism and the futures markets overlap, to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced, whose lead character works as a high-powered mergers and acquisitions broker, Akhtar is constantly digging into the ways money shapes our culture.

Nic Sheff began using drugs at a young age and was able to conceal his use for much of his adolescence, until his addiction overtook his life. His father, David Sheff, decided to learn everything he could about addiction, as a way of healing himself and his son.

Angelina Mosher Salazar

Gov. Tony Evers has been making a series of stops around the state, focusing on topics that were part of his campaign. Monday he was in Milwaukee, where he talked up workforce development and entrepreneurship. The governor's first stop was at the Wisconsin Regional Training Program/Bigstep organization located on 38th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. 

Milwaukee Opera Theater

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Jan. 18, 2017.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre is known for doing a lot with very little money. They showcase talented artists in a way that belies their limited resources. From new works to inventive re-imaginings of opera and operetta classics, an Milwaukee Opera Theatre show is guaranteed to be a deeply pleasurable artistic experience.

Chuck Quirmbach

Updated 3:10 p.m.

The City of Milwaukee says daily ridership on The Hop increased last month, compared to November 2018, the streetcar's initial month of service. But monthly ridership declined slightly in December.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the daily December average was 2,453 rides, compared to 2,297 in November.

READ: How The Hop Works

Essay: War And Peace

Jan 15, 2019
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Seventy-four years ago today, one of the most significant conflicts of the Second World War was heading toward its last week. Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr believes it’s important to think back on the Battle of the Bulge:

On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise; initially German forces rapidly gained ground.

Chuck Quirmbach

Wisconsin investors are starting to use a relatively new federal program called Designated Economic Opportunity Zones that aims to help what the government says are economically-distressed areas. Several cautions remain, but start-up technology firms are among the businesses that could benefit if the program succeeds.

Facebook/Jayme Closs

Updated Jan. 14, 2019 at 4:18 p.m.

Jake Thomas Patterson targeted Jayme Closs after seeing her get on a school bus, according to a criminal complaint released on Monday.

The 21-year-old is facing two charges of first degree intentional homicide for the murder of Closs’s parents, one count of kidnapping and one count of burglary. His bail is set at $5 million.

According to the report, Closs escaped while Patterson was out last week.

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Empathy is the ability to understand and share in the feelings of others. Such sensitivity helps us bond with each other, and most humans have that capability to a greater or lesser degree. An empath is someone who falls on the extreme end of the empathy bell curve. Such a person is usually extremely intuitive, open, and hyper-sensitive to others — often to their own detriment.

Bonnie North

Paul Thorn may have been born in Kenosha, Wis., but his accent is pure Mississippi. That’s because Thorn left Wisconsin as a baby and grew up in Tupelo, Miss.

His father was a preacher in the Pentecostal Church of God of Prophecy and much of Thorn’s childhood was spent participating in multiple weekly services. He left the church at 18 but says he still believes — he’s just not sure in what.

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Since it was first announced in 2017, there has been a lot of conversation about Wisconsin’s multi-billion dollar deal with Foxconn. But, Nan Enstad, a Madison-based researcher and history professor, believes there are still some things that need to be talked about in more detail: labor protections and corporate responsibility.

Emily Files

At Tony Evers’ inauguration last week, he repeated one of his central promises: that he would invest more in public education.

“We talked about what’s best for our kids is best for our state,” Evers said. “And that means we need to fully fund our public schools at every level.”

New Gov. Tony Evers got some help last week when a coalition of liberal-leaning groups filed a lawsuit which, if successful, would benefit him. 

The suit seeks to overturn the laws Republican lawmakers approved last month that limit the Democratic governor's powers. 

The suit argues that GOP lawmakers illegally convened the lame duck session according to a joint rule, which doesn't have the force of law.