Gabrielle Powell

Beach Trash: Where Lake Michigan’s Litter Originates

Almost every day since last June, Marla Schmidt has walked along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Bay View. But she’s not lounging around enjoying the beach — she’s picking up trash.

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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.

Reggie Moore

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

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