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Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:05:32 CDT

 



The Forum: Two inaugurations summon two very different emotions

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Last week, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech to the nation. A few days ago, I watched his last press conference. The era of #44 is officially over. The inauguration of Donald J. Trump is in effect. Everything is different now.


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Sheriff Clarke responds to recent complaint with Facebook meme threat

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:56:00 CDT

Sheriff David Clarke posted a threatening meme today to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Facebook page in response to the controversy surrounding a recent complaint filed against the sheriff.


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Looking for a place to watch the Pack? Check out Hoyt Park's historic hall

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Looking for an unusual place to watch the Packers take on the Falcons this Sunday in the NFC title game? Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa has the perfect spot. Located between The Landing Beer Garden and the Hoyt Park Pool is a Grand Hall that was built in the '30s by the WPA.


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5 sweet pearls of wisdom from Pooh on Pooh Day

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:23:00 CDT

For anyone feeling a little blue this week, and because it's National Winnie The Pooh Day, these are for you.


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Why would a man with Obamacare celebrate the end of the ACA?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:06:00 CDT

Cognitive dissonance is what happens when you have conflicting information streams mingling in your brain. It's also a part of the reason why people with ACA coverage are excited for the repeal of Obamacare and other conflicting political opinions.


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LISTEN: Packers prevail in Dallas, move on to Atlanta, and a "Bachelor" check-in

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:07:00 CDT

In episode 14 of The Postgame Tailgate, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller discuss the Packers' Divisional Round playoff win over the Cowboys in Dallas, preview Green Bay's NFC Championship Game showdown with the Falcons and offer a "Bachelor" update on Waukesha Nick, Germantown Danielle and the rest.


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Bay View "barks back" after woman and dog attacked

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:30:00 CDT

While walking her dog in November, Kate O'Keefe was attacked. This Thursday, friends and neighbors host a fundraiser "Bay View Barks Back." Read O'Keefe's harrowing but hopeful story here.


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Anti-abortion assault hits too close to home

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:03:00 CDT

When I was a young man in the U.S. Navy, stationed far from my home, I had to borrow $300 from my father in order to pay for an abortion. It's stayed with me since then and I now find myself thinking of it again as new abortion attacks are underway,.


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The return of the political whistle swallowers

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:06:00 CDT

Sports may be the birthplace of the phrase "swallowing their whistles," but it's far from the only place where it happens. After an eight year hiatus, critics of presidential politics are beginning to make their triumphant return to the arena.


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In defense of governing

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:06:00 CDT

There's an old political cliché: Republicans campaign claiming government doesn't work and then prove it once elected. I'm pretty sure 2017 will see that cliché proven true over and over again, to the detriment of everyone.


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Domes' light show melts away winter blahs

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:02:00 CDT

Baby, it's cold outside, but even in the depths of a Wisconsin winter overlaid with a polar vortex, it's always warm in the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, 524 S. Layton Blvd., which launches its annual train show and a stellar Thursday night light show.


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St. Patrick's Day Parade marches into Downtown March 11

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:31:00 CDT

The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will set off on its march Saturday, March 11, beginning at noon and starting at Wisconsin Ave. and Old World Third St. before winding its way through Downtown.


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LISTEN: Packers win, Golden Globes lose and OnMilwaukee gets nostalgic

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:27:00 CDT

In episode 13 of The Postgame Tailgate podcast, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller discuss the Packers' playoff win over the Giants, look ahead to Dallas and argue that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are actually good. Then, they recap the Golden Globes. Also, tune in for OnMilwaukee radio jingles from 1999!


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TV in the bedroom: yay or nay?

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:03:00 CDT

People seem to have extremely strong opinions as to whether or not tube time belongs in the sleep space. In fact, whether or not to have a television in the bedroom is almost as polarizing as topics such as religion and politics.


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Get ready: Expect Madison cabal to ram all kinds of crap right down our throats

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:06:00 CDT

Republicans in the Senate and Assembly celebrated their increased stranglehold on Wisconsin politics by smiling with glee over the prospect of being able to do just about anything they want without any real regard for people who might think differently.


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Bublr Bikes moving into The Shops of Grand Avenue

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:50:00 CDT

Bublr Bikes, a non-profit organization that operates a rapidly growing bike-sharing network in the Milwaukee area, will move its headquarters and bicycle maintenance facility into The Shops of the Grand Avenue, becoming the initial permanent tenant in the property's redevelopment.


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Here's footage of (probably not) a new Milwaukee lion

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:26:00 CDT

Remember the Milwaukee lion, from those halcyon days of 2015? Well, according to some residents, he's back - or at least another big cat's taken his place. Take a look and decide for yourself!


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The no-fault Congress

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:06:00 CDT

Despite walking back its plan to curtail the power of The Congressional Ethics Office, Congress was squarely blamed for its actions. I am here to convince you that the fault for this action is entirely misplaced. Congress isn't to blame; we are.


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LISTEN: Two "Bachelor" rookies dissect the Wisconsin-tastic season premiere

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:13:00 CDT

In episode 12 of OnMilwaukee's podcast, The Postgame Tailgate, sports editor Jimmy Carlton and pop culture editor Matt Mueller discuss "The Bachelor" season premiere, especially the local elements, as a couple of guys who'd never before watched the show. They also talk Packers and playoff football.


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Lake Park neighbor launches web site about threatened Ferry and Clas bridge

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:34:00 CDT

Today, a neighbor of Lake Park on Milwaukee's East Side launched a web site focused on the threatened Ferry and Clas bridge that spans Ravine Road in the park.


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Nuggets for the New Year

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:02:00 CDT

To begin 2017, I've compiled a few thoughts, inspirational nuggets and observations that may help power you to help make this the best year yet. It's a list I've kept for a while and refer to often. Figured it was time to share it.


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Burns statue salutes "Auld Lang Syne" creator

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:02:00 CDT

This seemingly unusual Milwaukee monument - the great poet never visited Milwaukee - is the result of a 1909 gift to the city. With New Year's Eve upon us, we take a look at its history and remind you of the lyrics to an enduring holiday favorite.


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100 things to do during a Milwaukee winter

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:01:00 CDT

With flakes returning to the forecast, you may be dreading another wicked Wisconsin winter. Have no fear. From braving the blustery outdoors to layering up the long johns and curling up by the fire, we've got the goods to make the most of a Milwaukee winter.


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Ken Bone, the Domes, Summerfest and sports: Reviewing 2016 with Tyler Maas

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:01:00 CDT

In the 11th episode of The Postgame Tailgate podcast, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller brought on Tyler Maas, co-founder and editor of Milwaukee Record, to discuss 2016. Focusing mostly locally, with the requisite Ken Bone tangent, the guys talk about the year in review.


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Tales from the Road: Homeless on the day after Christmas

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 15:03:00 CDT

The day after Christmas, Dave Begel was looking for an Uber fare, but instead ran across Leander Johnson, trying to sleep on a manhole cover in Downtown Milwaukee. The spot provided warmth as he tried to bundle himself in three thin blankets.


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Tales from the road: the arena boss man and the vanishing English muffins

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

This week's Tales from the Road got Dave Begel in touch with the guy who is in charge of the construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and the sous chef from Watts Tea Room who is soon going to be out of a job.


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WTMJ replaces heavyweight Sykes with a couple of radio lightweights

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:01:00 CDT

WTMJ had an opportunity to carve out a new audience with Charlie Sykes retiring after a quarter century. Instead, they have decided to replace the heavyweight with a couple of lightweights who bring nothing to the identity of the station.


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Marquette purchases rare first edition, first printing of "The Hobbit"

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:26:00 CDT

Marquette University has acquired one of only 1,500 first edition, first printing copies of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 1937, to add to its J.R.R. Tolkien Collection.


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The Forum: The 10 biggest stories of 2016

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:06:00 CDT

Merriam-Webster recently selected "surreal" as the 2016 word of the year. Sounds about right. From pop culture to politics, from the unprecedented to the unbelievable, here are columnist Sherwin Hughes' 10 biggest stories from the year that was.


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MPL selects Young plan for new King Library

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:30:00 CDT

Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees last night selected Young Development to lead a new mixed-use project to replace the current Martin Luther King Library at 310 W. Locust St.


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On calendar change, it's time for Milwaukee to stand with MPS

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:56:00 CDT

Last week, a committee of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors voted to make a seismic change to the way it approaches high schools and middle schools. The rest of Milwaukee needs to get behind this effort with vocal (not to mention monetary) support.


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Urban spelunking: Miller Caves

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Though the name of this series is urban spelunking, I don't get to see too many actual caves. The crumbling beer caves under the old Falk Brewery are an exception. The ones adjacent at Miller Brewing are another. These caves, unlike the ones at Falk, are open to the public.


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The Postgame Tailgate, Episode 10: Are we seeing the 2010 Packers again?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:01:00 CDT

In the 10th episode of OnMilwaukee's podcast, The Postgame Tailgate, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller discuss how Wisconsin sports teams owned their Chicago rivals over the weekend, whether we're seeing a late Packers run a la 2010 and the new "Star Wars" movie, "Rogue One."


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Community members commend charge in Sylville Smith case, renew calls for footage

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:56:00 CDT

In the aftermath of the decision to charge former MPD officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the August shooting of Sylville Smith, many are renewing calls to release body camera footage of the incident, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.


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Library board will consider three proposals for new King Library

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:03:00 CDT

Three proposals for new mixed-used developments - including a new library - on the site of the King Library, on Locust Street at King Drive, are being considered by the board of the Milwaukee Public Library. Here are some details on all three.


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When a secret stops being a secret

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:03:00 CDT

When the desire to keep something a secret meets journalists trying to find out that secret, there is a confluence of competing events. The organization wants to release the information on its own time. The journalists want to get it first.


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Looking back at Generation X's Milwaukee

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:56:00 CDT

As a member of Gen X, I'm settling into my years like a forgiving pair of jeans. While it's certainly not ancient history, we grew up in a much different time - and at the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy, things aren't like they used to be.


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Initial plans introduced for redevelopment at former Paintball Dave's building

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:36:00 CDT

The former Paintball Dave's building in the Historic Third Ward hasn't seen much activity since the party hotspot closed its doors earlier this year. However, this afternoon, a new proposal for the building would bring retail and residential units to the space.


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Politicians' letters to Santa

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:16:00 CDT

Through a surprise "reply all" error, we here at OnMilwaukee were accidentally emailed a trove of letters to Santa Claus. We have sorted through them, like WikiLeaks, and have selected several to publish. Consider it our present to you, readers!


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Fire breaks out at The Pfister Hotel

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:14:00 CDT

At 11:45 this morning fire broke out on the roof of The Pfister Hotel. According to general manager Tim Smith, there was a contractor working on the elevators and somehow a piece of equipment started the fire.


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The Cream City conundrum

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:26:00 CDT

Now that the initial emotion from the Aug. 13 shooting of Sylville Smith by police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown has subsided, it's time to take a look at some of the fiery rhetoric uttered that night - and look at the facts about life in Milwaukee.


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Summerfest announces upgrades, including a new U.S. Cellular stage

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:02:00 CDT

U.S. Cellular and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials today announced a new 10-year agreement that will demolish the existing U.S. Cellular Connection Stage and replace it with a new, larger stage and an enhanced guest experience for Summerfest 2018.


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Urban spelunking: Uncovering a WWII "Easter egg"

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:09:00 CDT

Let me just say up front that I love tips from readers and friends. Tips like this one I got last week: "Knowing you, you already know about this. In case you don't: There is a helicopter in the floor of the old A.O. Smith plant." Here's the story.


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The Forum: Regressive progressives can't forget about black people

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:06:00 CDT

The Democratic party must still note the value of its black voters, staffers and political consulting firms in 2018. If not, the entire party will descend even deeper into minority status just like the electors they seem to take for granted.


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My last Trump column: On the president-elect's ignorant mediocrity

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:06:00 CDT

For Jay's final Trump column (until It Becomes Real), he dives into some armchair psychology, claiming Donald Trump is perhaps this century's single best example of Dunning-Kruger Effect. Take that, Michael Scott from "The Office."


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A Downtown beacon will shine brighter starting Dec. 7

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:27:00 CDT

On Wednesday, Richard H. Driehaus and M and J Wilkow, Ltd., owners of the Milwaukee Gas Light Building, 626 E. Wisconsin Ave., will flip the switch on a newly completed lighting upgrade that will cause the building's iconic weather flame to burn more brightly.


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Our long municipal nightmare is over! Parking regulations that make sense

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:59:00 CDT

Grab your flags, your noisemakers, your flashing lights. Our long municipal nightmare is over, as Ald. Nik Kovac has spearheaded a drive to change the 24-hour parking regulations to make some sense.


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Tales from the Road: An Uber ride for an escort

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:02:00 CDT

I got my first escort. Not the old Ford, but a woman who works as a professional escort.The call came to pick up a fare near the airport about 7:30 in the morning. I pulled up to the address and after waiting for about five minutes a woman named Lora came out.


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Milwaukee County Zoo's three tiger cubs make public debut

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:06:00 CDT

The Milwaukee County Zoo's three Amur tiger cubs made their public debut today in the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. The cubs, one male and two females, have been named: Kashtan, Eloise and Bernadette. They were born Sept. 14 to mother, Amba, and father, Strannik.


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The Forum: How Hillary lost Wisconsin

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:06:00 CDT

Welcome to America 2.0, the pre-civil rights redux. The World According to Trump. The worst upset in modern presidential history? Actually, quite the opposite. This election was the simplest of clichés.


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