Susan Bence

Bubbler Talk: Milwaukee's Breakwater

A Bubbler Talk listener was curious about Milwaukee's breakwater, wondering where the rocks came from, and how they ended up standing in the middle of the harbor. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence explored the subject for this week's segment.

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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:

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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 starts Thursday, kicking off the city’s busy festival season. Thousands are expected to celebrate at events running through the weekend.

If you plan to join the activities, you may come across an attraction that’s sure to be a topic of discussion. It's a new approach to educating people about sexual health in Milwaukee.

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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.

Maayan Silver

The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents is set to approve a new budget that would increase student fees for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as the cost of room and board. This comes at a time when the UW System has been dealing with both a tuition freeze, and cuts in state funding.

The UW Board of Regents' spending plan calls for raising student fees at four-year schools an average of $33 per student. Room and board would increase an average of $118 per year.

Milwaukee Power

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.

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