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Dave Kozlowski owns and operates Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek with his wife, Sandy Raduenz. When they were first getting started, fellow farmers were a big help with the steep learning curve.

Now, the mentee is becoming the mentor.

Teran Powell

For the last two days, hundreds of young black men in Milwaukee were at the center of conversation about how to thrive in society as men of color. It was the sixth annual Summit on Black Male Youth that gave them the platform to do so.

About 700 young black and brown boys filled the Wisconsin Room inside the UWM union Tuesday for day two of the summit.

The UWM African American Male Initiative organizes the event, and this year’s theme was Black Boys Thriving: Reimagining the Narrative.

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About three years ago, now 14-year-old Marley Dias decided to collect and donate 1,000 children’s books featuring black girls as the lead character. It turned into a viral social media campaign with the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks

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Thursday, March 21, at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, the consortium of musicians called Milwaukee Musaik will present an evening of chamber music. What makes this concert different is that all of the pieces on the program are composed by women - from living composers Alyssa Firsova and Milwaukee’s own Emily Cooley, to 19th Century composers Louise Ferrenc and Henriette Renié. These are works that often don’t get programmed, but that's not because the compositions aren't worthy of being heard.

Maayan Silver

While the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court is officially non-partisan, during this election season appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn is being backed by conservatives, and fellow appeals court Judge Lisa Neubauer is backed by liberals. 

As the April 2 election approaches, the candidates say that partisanship has no place on the court, and both say they want to improve the public’s confidence in an independent judiciary.

LaToya Dennis

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee has removed the names of two former Milwaukee Archbishops — William Cousins and Rembert Weakland — from buildings as part of the church’s response to sexual abuse by clergy.

The Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, which was named in honor of William Cousins, will be renamed on Friday.  And Rembert Weakland’s name has been removed from the parish center at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee.

Cousins and Weakland led the Milwaukee Archdiocese between 1958 and 2002 and helped cover up clergy sexual abuse of children.

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A couple of years ago, Milwaukee-area realtor and writer Kathleen Davis was on the verge of sending her oldest child off to college, and that got her to wondering whether childhood and adolescence had truly prepared him for the indpendence that he'd soon have. The result was her book You Never Told Me That! A Crash Course in Preparing Your Kids for Independence.

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Lawmakers in New Zealand are reportedly working to revise that country’s gun laws, following this month’s mass shootings at two mosques that killed at least fifty people and wounded others. It’s a story that has resulted in a worldwide conversation about white nationalism, gun violence, and how we talk about terrorism. 

UW-Milwaukee police say a man shot by officers on campus Tuesday morning is hospitalized in stable condition.  University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference that two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench inside the Fine Arts complex building around 7 a.m.  An altercation occurred and the man was shot.  

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All across the world people are grappling with how to deal with hate crimes. Fifty people were killed last week in New Zealand after someone opened fire at two mosques. It’s in the aftermath of such heinous crimes that questions such as how and why and when will this end are the most prevalent. 

Fatih Hartpci teaches religion at Carthage College in Kenosha. He was saddened by the incidents in New Zealand but says hate can also be found here in Wisconsin.

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More than one hundred students staged a walkout Monday at the Milwaukee School of Languages on the city's west side. It was a follow-up to a global call for action on climate change on Friday orchestrated by teenagers around the globe - from Albania to Venezuela.

The rallies were inspired by a spunky Swedish student. Greta Thunberg staged weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament, criticizing her government for doing too little about climate change.

Chuck Quirmbach

A failure with counting riders on the downtown Milwaukee streetcar, known as The Hop, is being fixed. That's according to Mayor Tom Barrett. Others are concerned that such a new service as the streetcar has already experienced a significant problem.

Operators of The Hop say infrared sensors that count people coming onto or leaving the streetcar started failing on three of the five cars in early February.

That's important because ridership on The Hop is currently free, so there's no way to tally riders based on fares collected.

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Foxconn says its manufacturing facility in Wisconsin will be producing LCD screens by the end of 2020, with construction set to begin later this year. 

The news comes after the Taiwanese electronics giant last year scaled back plans for its massive new factory in Racine County, then sent mixed signals about whether it planned to suspend work there altogether. The company cited shifting market demands for its hesitation to build a huge factory near the Illinois border.

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There are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking around the world, according to statistics from the International Labour Organization. The group says 25 percent are children, and 75 percent are women and girls. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that enriches the perpetrators through the sexual slavery of their victims.

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After months of anticipation, Milwaukee was chosen last week as the site of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2020.  The city beat out two other finalists — Houston and Miami Beach. President Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016.  

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross, of wispolitics.com, what kind of message Democrats hope to send in choosing Milwaukee.  

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