Arts @ Large

Nicole Acosta is a Milwaukee native and a first-generation multi-disciplinary Mexican artist. Her work reflects the exploration of her identity, experience and storytelling. Her photography work, The HOOPS Portrait Project, features portraits of Black and brown women in their hoop earrings and sharing their stories of what the jewelry means to them.

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There have been more than 140 homicides in Milwaukee this year, about double the number last year at this time. It's possible that in 2020, the city will set a new record for killings, most of which involve fatal shootings.

Creators of a new online tool at the Medical College of Wisconsin hope to eventually reduce the violence.

Maayan Silver

Wisconsin is one of the key swing states where presidential candidates are fighting for every single vote. With about a month left before the election, voters are processing both current events and the longstanding issues that have been important to them.

We recently to chatted with voters from around southeastern Wisconsin about what's on their minds as they prepare to vote for the next U.S. president. 

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Thousands of people protested in Milwaukee this summer after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. They called for change and justice for Black people.

Milwaukee Action Intersection aims to carry that energy forward, including by getting people to the polls this fall. The group supports organizers in pursuit of social justice and equality for marginalized communities.

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Cases of COVID-19 have skyrocketed in Wisconsin.

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The gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic has many of us looking for respite, some kind of emotional or physical escape. Something to take our minds off of the rising death tolls and inability to gather with our friends and loved ones.

For Lake Effect essayist Barbara Miner, it comes in the form of one of her mother’s recipes. She talks about it in her essay “COVID-19 & Oatmeal-Raisin Bread.”

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin now tops 132,000, as nearly 5,000 new cases were reported over the weekend. Over the two-day period, 24 deaths were announced, bringing the statewide total to 1,377. 

Sunday's increases were smaller than Saturday's, as is typical.

The death toll remains skewed toward older Wisconsin residents, with 88% of the victims age 60 or over. Seventeen percent of those who have died were Black. Eleven percent Latino — both well above their percentages of Wisconsin's population. 

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A conservative law firm is asking a judge to strike down Gov. Tony Evers' extension of the statewide mask mandate.

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President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis late last week thwarted the Republican's plans to campaign over the weekend. Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who tested negative, indicated he would press ahead with in-person events.

In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com how he thinks the developments might affect the campaigns in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said Saturday that he tested positive for the coronarivus.

Johnson’s office announced the diagnosis in a statement Saturday morning. He’s the third Republican senator to report a positive test this week, joining Utah Sen. Mike Lee and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and adding to tension in Washington since President Donald Trump announced his positive test Friday.

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At a time when the country is politically divided, Milwaukeeans are coming together to celebrate and memorialize one of the city’s iconic structures. The Daniel Hoan bridge is dedicated to the longest-serving socialist administration in U.S. history. Later this month, the long-awaited “Light The Hoan” project will become a reality.

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Screenwriter and filmmaker Charlie Kaufman isn’t afraid to ask the big, confusing questions about life. His previous work, including Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, takes somewhat of a surreal approach to answering questions about our collective humanity.

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Russia is interfering with the 2020 presidential election. That’s according to an assessment by the CIA, which found that Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior officials are aware of and are probably leading efforts to help President Donald Trump win his reelection campaign.

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President Donald Trump on Friday canceled his two weekend campaign rallies in Wisconsin after testing positive for COVID-19, while Republicans in the battleground state showed no signs of backing down in their attempts to undo the mask mandate imposed by the Democratic governor.

On Friday, hours after Trump announced he had tested positive, Republicans who control the Legislature filed a motion in support of a lawsuit that seeks to undo a statewide mask order issued by Evers. A hearing on the case was scheduled for Monday.

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Three business groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block Gov. Tony Evers' administration from releasing the names of more than 1,000 businesses with employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, saying the release would blacklist those operations as the disease surges across the state.