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Many people attend Milwaukee’s Irish Fest for the music. And there’s certainly a lot of it. But music isn’t Ireland’s only rich heritage — it has a long and complex history with food.

If you’ve been to the country recently, you know there's a lot more food than the stereotypical potatoes and soda bread. But the history of famine and enforced shortages mixed with a deep appreciation of the land, the waters, and their bounty makes the history of food in Ireland a compelling one.

Leah Qusba

Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Friday declaring a goal of attaining 100% clean energy throughout Wisconsin by 2050. Evers also announced the formation of an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy. The office would promote the development and use of clean energy across Wisconsin.

Marti Mikkelson

About 200 people packed into the Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee Thursday night to give input on the 2020 city budget. Mayor Tom Barrett told the crowd the spending plan for next year poses some unique challenges.

He says 83% of the resources in 2020 will go to the police, public works and fire departments. Departments like libraries, neighborhoods and health will make up less than 10%.

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The battle over stronger gun laws has resumed in Wisconsin. A Milwaukee state senator and other Democratic legislators have introduced a bill requiring background checks for more gun sales. But it's unclear if the Republican-controlled Legislature will allow the bill to move.   

Recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio, and other states have again prompted calls for tighter controls on gun purchases.

Alesandra Tejeda

Connla, a young band whose members hail from Armagh and Derry in Northern Ireland, combines traditional Irish music with rock and jazz influences. While its instrumentation is a pretty standard set up for an Irish band, the compositions and arrangements reflect its wide-ranging musical influences. The group came to Lake Effect's Studio C to perform ahead of appearances at Irish Fest this weekend.

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Currently in Wisconsin, only doctors can prescribe hormonal birth control. But Republican lawmakers are trying to change that by advocating for a bill that broadens birth control access. The bill is causing some division in the GOP.

The Assembly health committee held a public hearing Wednesday to debate a Republican bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptive patches and birth control pills. First up to advocate for the measure was Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay.

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The potential impact of Asian carp on the Great Lakes has many people on edge. A new study draws attention to the threat Asian carp could pose to the Great Lakes.

While concern persists that the invasive fish could move from the Mississippi River Basin into Lake Michigan, questions remain whether the fish would find enough food to survive.

Michelle Maternowski

Three years ago, Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood erupted in protest. After the fatal police-shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith, tensions between police and the community culminated in the protests that made international headlines.

After the smoke cleared, the neighborhood came together and got to work. Promises were made by city officials to improve police-community relations and invest more resources in the community. But what has actually materialized?

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The only thing more popular than the song “Over the Rainbow” is the movie it came from.

The Wizard of Oz was released 80 years on Aug. 15, 1939. Fans all over the world are rejoicing, especially in Oconomowoc, where it was reported that The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at the Strand Theater.

Ryan Jay, film contributor and Oz historian, goes down the yellow brick road offering little known facts and dispelling myths.

Teran Powell

Before meeting Moshe Katz, I don’t know if I ever considered “American Jew” and “Jewish American” to be different identities. But Katz says Jewish people are often asked which label represents them. For him, he says the answer is both.

"There are days of the week, or hours of the day, or seconds I respond to something that says, 'I’m a Jewish American.' There are certain things that the way I live my life is 'Jewishly' as an American. There are also days where I live my life as an American, who happens to be Jewish," Katz explains.

Milwaukee Art Museum

A mural wrapped around the outside of a Milwaukee County bus that tackles immigration enforcement and family separations is sparking debate.

The Milwaukee Art Museum paid for the mural as part of a summer art program for teens. But a Milwaukee County supervisor, Dan Sebring, is demanding the artwork be removed.

Bonnie North

Hearing, and seeing, guitar virtuoso and composer Shane Hennessy is magical. It’s technique, sure. He has it in spades. But his music goes well beyond playing lots of notes fast. It's in turns lyrical, polyrhythmic, and always full of melody. Plus, the sheer joy he exudes while playing is infectious.

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It's been quite a summer of political unrest around the world. There has been a shuffle of political leaders in the British government amid the ongoing Brexit saga. Tensions between Japan and South Korea have intensified as anti-government protests in Hong Kong rock the region. And the U.S. government has placed tariffs on a myriad of foreign goods, deepening the trade war and impacting economies throughout the globe.

Lake Effect foreign policy contributor, Art Cyr, says these tariffs aren't likely to help us in the long run. 

Maayan Silver

When you think of entertainment and culture in Milwaukee, what comes to mind? Is it beer, is it cheese or is it brats? What about festivals, especially this time of year?

I live in France, and I came to Milwaukee in July to spend part of the summer working in the WUWM newsroom. As I was learning about the city, one of the things that caught my eye was the number of ethnic festivals. 

Portrait Society Gallery

Art and the people who make it are often found on the margins of society. In the case of painter M. Winston, those margins include a cell and guards. Winston is incarcerated, and it was just an accident that his work — miniature abstract paintings — was discovered.

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