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Some Demand Action to Solve Milwaukee's Lead in Water Crisis, Others Say Mayor Should Resign

Update: During Tuesday's press event, Freshwater for Life Action Coalition, or FLAC, spokesperson Robert Miranda called for action.

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State lawmakers are holding a flurry of committee hearings this month, as they wrap up much of their work in this two-year legislative session.  Then, they'll largely turn their attention to the elections this fall. 

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says his party will be "very aggressive" in passing welfare reform measures.  But why is that a subject GOP lawmakers want to leave on voters' minds?  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson posed that question to JR Ross of wispolitics.com for this week's Capitol Notes conversation.

Photo by Kenny Yoo / Milwaukee Magazine

There was a time in the 1980s and ‘90s when so-called “midnight basketball” leagues were seen as a promising tool to give young, at-risk men in high school a productive use of their time.  But after a few years, the leagues fell out of favor.

Kipp Friedman

Milwaukee area photographer Kipp Friedman has shot thousands of images of other people’s joyous occasions - weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other parties and observances.  But it was his own vacation, far from the banquet rooms of Shorewood or Oak Creek, that inspired him to compile a photo book.

It appears Gov. Walker’s proposal to close two troubled juvenile prisons in northern Wisconsin is on a fast track. He says he wants the Republican-controlled legislature to approve his plan this year, after saying earlier this month that lawmakers could take it up next year. Legislative leaders plan to meet Wednesday to discuss the feasibility.

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The most recent figures from the World Bank show the average life expectancy for Americans is nearly 79 years old.  And while that’s a few years less than some other countries, it's still around the highest point it has ever been in US history.  But let’s say you knew exactly how long you’ll live - down to the very day.  Would it change the way you lived your life?

MEGAN DOBYNS

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has exactly one month to name an acting replacement for Police Chief Edward Flynn. Flynn recently announced that he will retire from his position on February 16. Now, the Commission must name an acting chief, even as it goes about the business of hiring a new chief for a full four-year term.

George Kelling will likely watch this search from a distance, but with interest. Kelling is a retired police researcher and professor emeritus at Northeastern University and Rutgers University, and a fellow for 20 years at Harvard University.

How Roger Thrun Moved Into the World of Moving People

Jan 16, 2018
Reggie Baylor artwork

When Roger Thrun founded WHR Group, Inc., in 1994, it was an appraisal management firm. Nearly 25 years later, it has grown into a full-service global provider of employee relocation services for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

Thrun says the aim of the Pewaukee-based company is to bridge the gap between affordable relocation solutions and "high-touch" customer service. 

On this episode of "How Did You Do That?", Thrun shares some lessons he's learned along the way:

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Today the nation celebrates the life of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday highlights King’s activism during the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

One Milwaukeean who’s been impacted by King’s work is Reggie Jackson, head griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum. He says that King’s teachings hold as much weight today as they did more than half a century ago.

"I’ve always been a big fan of Dr. King and his dedication to social justice work, racial justice work," Jackson says.

Ex Fabula: Break Free

Jan 13, 2018
Photo by Carolina Mulvey-Videla

It’s the second week of the new year; a time when those resolutions and new healthy habits start becoming harder to keep (for some). However, the beauty of a new year is the chance at a new beginning - real or metaphorical. It’s a time for renewal, a time to break free from bad relationships, bad habits and/or bad people. In anticipation of next week’s Ex Fabula New Year Spectacular on January 18th at Turner Hall, we’re bringing you two stories that we hope will inspire you to “break free” in the new year!

Marti Mikkelson

House Speaker Paul Ryan chastised President Trump Friday, calling his slur about African countries "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful."  Ryan spoke to a room full of Wisconsin lawmakers, business executives and education leaders at a forum in downtown Milwaukee, sponsored by Wispolitics.  He was referring to Trump's asking, during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, why the U.S. should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa.

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