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Ex Fabula: Back To School

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With two more weeks left in August, the back-to-school pictures have begun traveling on social media. And though there are still a plethora of Milwaukee ethnic and music festivals left to extend summer well into the fall, many students and teachers alike are spending this weekend prepping lesson plans, backpacks and wardrobes for the new school year.  

This weekend, we salute you, back-to-schoolers. We hope these stories will make you smile as you get ready for the big year ahead.

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise throughout the United States. In its most recent report, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the highest-ever number of STIs in America.

The Milwaukee-area has seen an especially significant rise of STIs over the past few years, including 29 percent increase in syphilis infections, and a 13 percent increase in HIV.

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Milwaukee has seen a recent surge in gun violence. On Wednesday, the city had its 14th homicide in 15 days.

Ben Binversie

The Canadian band The Stanfields don’t fit into any one musical mould. They’re hard driving rock 'n' roll, they’re a bit rootsy, and they also draw on the Scots and Irish fiddle traditions of their Nova Scotian home.

"You know, there’s a lot of stuff we’re doing now that we weren’t ready to play [before], because...we’ve evolved," says Jon Landry. "And we’ve evolved together in these last three years in ways that I never would have imagined when I think back to the times we were throwing chairs at each other."

Republican Gov. Scott Walker will face state School Superintendent Tony Evers in November, as a result of Tuesday's Democratic primary. The attacks happened immediately. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced on election night that it would run TV ads, attacking Evers for not revoking the license of a teacher who viewed pornography on a state computer. Evers responded by saying that state law at the time wouldn't allow him to revoke the license, because students did not see the pornographic materials. 

Ben Binversie

Canadian musician Shreem is Jay Andrews, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now based in Toronto. He's in Milwaukee to perform at Irish Fest all weekend. Shreem uses traditional Cape Breton fiddle tunes is his music, but his mix of very traditional fiddle tunes, hip hop, overdubs, and house is unique in the world of Celtic music.

Lauren Sigfusson

The five piece Irish band Seo Linn has a distinctive style that combines the traditional sense of Irish music along with the new. Performing and writing music in English and Irish, Seo Linn sometimes switches languages in mid-song. The group's original songs, Irish covers of pop tunes and high energy stage show has catapulted them from barely being a band to headlining shows internationally.

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Stories and storytelling flourish in Ireland and Irish descendants scattered around the world, like Irish/American author Sheila Post.

Post’s newest novel, Your Own Ones, uses her family’s Irish heritage by telling the journey of Canadian/Irish wild salmon conservationist Áine O’Connor. In the book, O’Connor travels to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, and discovers a 1,000-year-old family tradition of protecting the land and sea, as well as a hidden family history.

Teran Powell

The Wisconsin partisan primary is over and the results have set the stage for the general election in November. To help put those results into perspective, Lake Effect's Joy Powers chatted with Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carroll University.

VIEW: Wisconsin 2018 Primary Election Results

Republican Bryan Steil, former aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Democratic union ironworker Randy Bryce will challenge each other for Ryan’s House seat in November’s general election.

Steil beat out five other Republican competitors. He outraised them and secured the backing of prominent donors and Republicans, including Ryan who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall.

Chuck Quirmbach

Republican Leah Vukmir will challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November’s general election, as Vukmir won Tuesday’s partisan primary for Wisconsin U.S. Senate.

Leading up to primary election day, the race between Vukmir and her major contender Kevin Nicholson was close. Both she and Nicholson ran as strong supporters of President Donald Trump.

Susan Bence

Tony Evers will face-off with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November’s general election, as he won Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

He beat out seven other Democratic candidates vying for the chance to challenge Walker. Lucas was the only one who's won a statewide election before and now faces his biggest challenge yet.

Walker has built up a big financial advantage for his re-election bid. He's already run many television ads touting his record of the past eight years.

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Earnell Lucas won Tuesday's Democratic primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

He beat two other Democrats running for sheriff, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt and Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Robert Ostrowski. Lucas will likely win the Nov. 6 general election, as no Republicans ran in the primary. However, there still may be Republican write-ins.

Today's partisan primary elections include races for governor, U.S. Senate, seats in the House of Representatives and Milwaukee County Sheriff.

As the results come in, projected winners of Wisconsin's Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, partisan primary will be marked in bold. Those candidates will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Governor

Republican:
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Scott Walker (R), incumbent

More information is coming out about the man who was shot and killed by Milwaukee police officers Monday.

WISN-TV has identified the man as Mario Hobson, a 48-year-old African-American man. WISN spoke with Hobson's daughter, who said her father was mentally ill.

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