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If you walked into a car dealership today and asked the salesperson which vehicles had anti-lock brakes, you would be in for a puzzled look. If you asked the same question 30 years ago, their reaction would be entirely different.

Susan Bence

Late last week County Executive Chris Abele appointed long-time parks employee Guy Smith to become director. Smith has experience at several levels within the Milwaukee County Parks.

First starting in 2004 as trails coordinator, Smith quickly grew into supervision and management and transitioned to several roles within the department - including deputy regional manager of land resources and chief of operations.

When then director John Dargle resigned late last November, Smith was tapped to fill in as interim director.

Mitch Teich

In 1970, the Milwaukee Clipper ferry halted operations between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan as interstate highway systems became prevalent and the cost of maintaining the 361-foot behemoth overwhelmed the company. More than 30 years later, a series of surprises and coincidences helped New Jersey native and former Port of Milwaukee director Ken Szallai to begin the Lake Express ferry to fill the historic gap.

The Golden Age of Hollywood ran from 1929 - when the “talkies” were introduced - to the 1960s. Film stars were groomed and promoted by a studio system that could be both supportive and exploitive. When the studios began to break up in '60s, many of the stars they made famous were entering their old age. Some were still working by the late '70s, others were happily, or not, retired. But they were still accessible to fans in a way that modern celebrities aren’t.

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The Mount Pleasant Village Board declared an area in the footprint of the proposed FoxConn plant as “blighted.” The vote was just the latest step in the village’s attempt to acquire the land for the construction of the development.

While some residents in the "blighted" area have already come to an agreement with the municipality, there are still some holdouts. Now it seems the village may try to acquire the rest of the land through eminent domain.

Jennifer Brindley

This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Academy Award®-winning motion picture West Side Story live on stage at the Marcus Center.

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Flowers are in bloom around southeastern Wisconsin. That includes the flowers in all but one case in Lake Effect essayist Meagan Schultz’s yard:

The Peony Bush Incident, or how to deal with your kids when they make you really, really angry:

Audrey Nowakowski

Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative neurological condition that causes patients to lose muscle and body control over time.  It can start out as something as simple as a limp, progress to tremors, and can eventually leave a patient entirely incapacitated.

While doctors and hospitals can offer medications, surgery, and physical therapy - some people diagnosed with the disease look for a supportive group environment with others who see Parkinson’s as just one part of their lives. 

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From 1882 until 1974, the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery served as the burial site of many of Milwaukee’s marginalized citizens. The cemetery became the final resting place for many of the community’s poor, as well as those who died as a resident of one of the county institutions or were unidentified or unclaimed from the coroner’s office.

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Expungement is the ability to clear a criminal record or to seal it from public access without a court order. Simply put, it’s a way to be able to move on from a past conviction. 

“The conviction is sort of treated as if it never happened when it is expunged,” says Joe Peterangelo, a senior researcher at the Wisconsin Policy Forum. “The file still exists, but it is not allowed for public access.”

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There’s a lot of pressure on Milwaukeeans to take advantage of the fleeting summer weather. It can be overwhelming to try to figure out how to pass a summer weekend, and for that reason, Milwaukee Magazine releases an annual guide to the city's summer schedule. It includes dates, places, and events, including some that might be off the beaten path.

Carole Nicksin, editor and publisher of the magazine, joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about her top ten highlights for the summer ahead:

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PrideFest Milwaukee kicks off today, starting Milwaukee's busy season of festivals along the lakefront. This year's PrideFest features bands like The B-52s and LGBT activists such as Danica Roem. But the festival is about more than national acts - it's also an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work.

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Hockey fans in Milwaukee have cheered on the minor league Milwaukee Admirals for several generations.  The franchise plays its home games at the UWM Panther Arena downtown.  But the owners of a new team on the scene believe there’s enough interest in hockey here to draw fans to a venue on the city’s south side.

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Around a year-and-a-half ago, leaders of the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy unveiled the groundwork for an ambitious network of recreational trails around southeastern Wisconsin. The plan, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Bike Federation, was called the Route of the Badger, and it would encompass hundreds of miles of new and existing trails around the region.

Being a new father can be a bewildering experience. Getting used to a new state can be as well. For writer David McGlynn, both of these experiences played out at the same time, as he and his wife and their two young children adjusted to life in their new home in Appleton, where McGlynn teaches at Lawrence University.

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