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Published: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:16:05 CDT


OnMilwaukee Weekend Preview, Dec. 1-4, 2016

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:45:00 CDT

'Tis the season. This great Milwaukee weekend you can ride your bike in the Santa Rampage, attend the annual Snow Show, see The Milwaukee Rep's "A Christmas Carol," hit a Yule Ball, see the Bucks, rock with Cole Swindell or shop a Christmas market or Brewers sale at Miller Park.

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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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Postgame Tailgate podcast, Episode 8: Talking Gilmore Girls with Carolynn Buser

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:01:00 CDT

Fresh off a Thanksgiving break filled with plenty of time for family and also escapism from family, and with a rare fall Sunday (mercifully) not containing a Packers game, there was only one thing to discuss with guest Carolynn Buser in this week's OnMilwaukee podcast: "Gilmore Girls."

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"Identity liberalism" isn't the problem; white nostalgia is

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:56:00 CDT

A number of election postmortems from The Professional Left have one thing in common: complaints that Democrats lost because we did not adequately kowtow to white men. But that view is part of the problem, not anything to do with the solution.

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Federal court: WI's Republican-drawn redistricting maps are unconstitutional

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:06:00 CDT

A federal court ruled Monday that voting districts drawn by Wisconsin Republicans are unconstitutional, a major victory for state Democrats who have been in the minority for six years and lost even more ground in the recent election, Madison365 reports.

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Abele shares vision for parks, Domes, beer gardens and more

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:05:00 CDT

2016 has been an intense year for seemingly everyone and everything, including the Milwaukee County Parks. There was upheaval and controversy, but also numerous positive parks moments. According to County Executive Chris Abele, there are more to come.

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Postgame Tailgate podcast, Episode 7: Packers future and Thanksgiving movies

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:01:00 CDT

In the seventh episode of the OnMilwaukee podcast, Postgame Tailgate, Jimmy and Matt talk about the Packers, including playing buy or sell on some key members of the organization, and they discuss Thanksgiving traditions, such as "Fantastic Beasts." Tune in here!

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Part of East Side building falls onto Farwell Avenue

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:56:00 CDT

Some excitement quite literally hit Farwell Avenue early Monday afternoon, as a significant part of a building set for demolition fell onto the street.

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Op-ed: Educational reform, improving schools should not be feared

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:56:00 CDT

Dire situations require bold thinking and innovation, so we proposed three reforms that could have an immediate, meaningful impact on Milwaukee's schools across sectors. There are many other ideas that could be considered, but what cannot be considered is doing nothing.

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Milwaukee Talks: Streets of Old Milwaukee's Granny

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:02:00 CDT

Now that colder weather is approaching, Granny Hannah has left her familiar rocking chair perch on her Streets of Old Milwaukee porch for the warmth of her parlor. But a couple days ago Hannah invited me in to see the tree and to talk about the holidays.

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The triumph of evil results from good people doing nothing

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:03:00 CDT

Like many Americans, the past week for me has been one of trying to figure out just what to do about Donald Trump being elected. I know there is a huge cry for unity, but Trump doesn't deserve my unity. He deserves my fight, and that's what I'm going to do.

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Politics is not a team sport

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:56:00 CDT

American politics has moved from working together to benefit all involved to becoming a team sport, creating a distinct set of winners and losers - a trend that many founding fathers warned about excessively.

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To celebrate 25 million M*Card rides, MCTS is giving away 5 golden passes

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:30:00 CDT

To celebrate 25 million M*CARD rides, the Milwaukee County Transit System is giving away five Golden M*CARDs, personalized with the winner's name and preloaded with a 31-Day Pass good for unlimited rides during those 31 days.

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MCTS goes Wonka on M*Card anniversary

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:55:00 CDT

To celebrate the second anniversary of its M*Card travel fare card, Milwaukee County Transit System says it's announcing "the most exciting giveaway ever" at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Postgame Tailgate podcast, Episode 6: Slowly dying with the Packers; but, movies

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:02:00 CDT

In the sixth episode of OnMilwaukee's podcast, the Postgame Tailgate, sickly sports editor Jimmy Carlton and supportive pop culture editor Matt Mueller discuss the Packers' loss to the Titans, the continued impressive play of the Badgers and new movies like "Arrival" and "Fantastic Beasts."

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On rigged races, the media and Trump's America: Some final election thoughts

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:16:00 CDT

In two short months, Donald Trump will be taking the oath of office, his tiny left hand resting (I assume) atop a copy of "The Art of the Deal." Here are three final takeaways from what happened last Tuesday.

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Impassioned Army vet and politician endured foster system, cancer

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:02:00 CDT

Tiffany Koehler spent 14 years serving in the United States Army. To this day, after experiencing a series of challenges, Koehler remains proud of her time in the military and "the men and women who monitor and respond as our nation calls."

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Trying to make sense of - and move on from - Election Day

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 19:26:00 CDT

Earlier this week, I wrote that a nasty presidential campaign was fueling the worst in everyone and predicted a close election result. Still, I didn't quite expect this.

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Shame on us liberal elites for missing all the signs

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDT

Shame. On. Me. Me and my friends never, ever, thought they could pull this off. We were smarter and righter and more compassionate and more sensitive and we cared more and we knew how to do all this stuff and they ... well, they didn't.

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Want to take a photo at your polling place today? Read this first

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 12:43:00 CDT

Amid the excitement of exercising your democratic right and making your voice heard, then sharing that voice on social media, be sure you know state law regarding photography, both at a Wisconsin polling place and in the actual booth. It's a little murky and you're better off safe than sorry.

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Postgame Tailgate podcast, Episode 5: What's up with the Packers?

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 19:01:00 CDT

In the fifth episode of OnMilwaukee's podcast, Postgame Tailgate, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller discuss the Packers' loss to the Colts and debate whether Green Bay is still good. Then they take a look at the Bucks' surprising start and also talk about the current state of cinema. Tune in!

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After all the exhaustion, there's only one thing left in this election: vote

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:06:00 CDT

Let's escape the haunting recounts and find it somewhere in our hearts to vote - despite the crudeness of the past year of election news and hoopla.

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Bublr Bikes offers free rides on Election Day to get voters to polls

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 11:56:00 CDT

With 57 stations and nearly 512 bikes located around Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Bublr Bikes is offering anyone free, convenient rides of up to 30 minutes on Election Day - Tuesday, Nov. 8 - to encourage voting.

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Trump polling 0.0 with African-American voters in Wisconsin

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:16:00 CDT

Looking deeper at the numbers in the final Marquette Law School poll, one of the more stunning figures that came out is that Trump has literally zero support among African-Americans in the Badger State, Madison365 reports.

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Millennial Life Hacks: How to vote now

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 20:36:00 CDT

We know time is a precious thing, so these Millennial Life Hacks will never take you longer than five minutes to get some excellent advice. What will you do with all that extra time? Vote in the presidential election ... now.

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Whether it's Clinton or Trump, America is in for a rocky ride

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 13:06:00 CDT

I'm stoked and stocked for Tuesday night and beyond. I'm excited about the end of this endless election. And I've got all the supplies I need for the Donald Trump presidency: antacids, sleeping pills and my own personal copy of the Constitution.

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VIP MKE: All Saints Catholic Church

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:02:00 CDT

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee swings open the doors to four parishes around Milwaukee to welcome the community in for behind-the-scenes tours and more. We're writing about all four parishes before the event. Today, we visit All Saints, 4051 N. 25th St.

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Experts say "wheel tax" needed to maintain public transit

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 17:06:00 CDT

A $60 county vehicle registration fee, known as the "wheel tax," may be unpopular, but experts say it is necessary to maintain public transportation services for people who rely on the bus, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Latest Clinton email story proves how broken America is

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:06:00 CDT

The false equivocation, that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are somehow equally bad in a number of ways, baffles me this election season - and nowhere is it more obvious and baffling than in the reignited Clinton email outrage.

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Local man refuses to be stumped by small arm, shares all

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Milwaukeean Nicholas May serves up honest, sometimes shocking stories about what it's like to live life with one fully-formed arm and one he calls "stumpy."

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Start a new family tradition with the 2016 WE Energies Cookie Book

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 14:01:00 CDT

For nearly 90 years WE Energies has put out its annual Cookie Book. It has been a tradition for my family for decades and it could be in yours, too.

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VIP MKE: Immaculate Conception

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:02:00 CDT

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee swings open the doors to four parishes around Milwaukee to welcome the community in for behind the scenes tours and more. We're writing about all four parishes before the event. Today, we visit Bay View's Immaculate Conception.

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Washington High window restored

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:49:00 CDT

Luckily, someone had the foresight to save the beautiful transom window from above the entrance to Washington High School. Taken out of storage, the window was recently restored and put back into an entrance facing Sherman Boulevard, thanks to the efforts of a number of people.

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Desert Dome scheduled to reopen on Oct. 29

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:00 CDT

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that work has been completed in the Desert Dome at the Mitchell Park Conservatory, and that the third and final Dome will reopen to the public this Saturday, Oct. 29 - about a week ahead of schedule.

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10 Milwaukee Startup Week events to check out

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:06:00 CDT

With 25-plus free events - hosted by a phenomenal group of 28-plus community partners - you might not be able to make it to everything at Milwaukee Startup Week. If you're strapped for time, here are some events I urge you to check out.

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Postgame Tailgate podcast, episode 3: "The Walking Dead" and Bucks return

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:08:00 CDT

It's that time of year again - when Green Bay beats Chicago to dull apocalyptic cries of Packer Nation, "The Walking Dead" returns to television (but seems to be only half-alive) and the Bucks prepare to begin the 2016-17 NBA season. Here's the Postgame Tailgate, Episode 3.

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VIP MKE: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Holy Trinity)

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:02:00 CDT

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee swings open the doors to four parishes around Milwaukee to welcome the community in for behind the scenes tours. We're writing about all four parishes before the event. Today, we visit Our Lady of Guadalupe/Holy Trinity in Walker's Point.

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Clarke's "pitchforks and torches" comments could make recall a reality

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:16:00 CDT

For many Milwaukeeans, Sheriff Clarke's recent comments have only made him more of a national and international embarrassment to the city. Perhaps the answer is a recall election - which requires only 13% of the adults in the county sign a petition.

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Rad Milwaukee Woman: The Woman's Fund of Greater Milwaukee's Margaret Henningsen

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:34:00 CDT

Margaret J. Henningsen, a community activist who has run The Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee since 2011, will retire on Friday. But first, she will be recognized for her rad-ness.

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VIP MKE: Saint Bernard in Tosa

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:02:00 CDT

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee swings open the doors to four parishes around Milwaukee to welcome the community in for behind the scenes tours and more. We're writing about all four parishes before the event. Today, we visit Saint Bernard in Tosa.

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OnMilwaukee Podcast, Episode 2: Postgame Tailgate and Packers talk

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:19:00 CDT

In the second episode of the OnMilwaukee podcast, Postgame Tailgate, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller discuss the Packers' loss to the Cowboys, why Aaron Rodgers doesn't look like himself, any Green Bay silver linings and other weekend sports goings-on. Tune in!

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Rad Milwaukee woman: Sojourner's Carmen Pitre

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:08:00 CDT

Carmen Pitre is the president and CEO of Sojourner, Wisconsin's largest service provider for families dealing with domestic violence. Pitre leads a staff that provides crisis housing, system advocacy and individual support to thousands of women, men and their children.

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Believe it or not: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is happening this weekend

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:04:00 CDT

Just in time for the spookiest holiday of the year, the second annual Milwaukee Paranormal Conference takes place this weekend, Oct. 15-16, in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's student union.

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Win $500 Steinhafels gift card in new Instagram contest

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:05:00 CDT

The visual concept of "home" appears differently to everyone, but if you take a photo of what it looks like to you, it could result in a $500 Steinhafel's gift card. The contest also awards a $500 gift card to a struggling family who recently bought a home.

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Hey, OnMilwaukee has a podcast now

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:19:00 CDT

In the first episode of the OnMilwaukee podcast, Jimmy and Matt discuss whether to let the public submit ideas for its name, review the Milwaukee Film Festival, recap the Brewers' season and preview the Bucks, Badgers and Marquette campaigns, take a look at this weekend's movies and wonder whether the Packers are still good.

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GOP can't distance themselves from Trump; he's who they are and will be

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:06:00 CDT

The GOP may try to claim Trump is no true Republican. But their problem is that he, and all the men who have been elected to or nominated for the presidency under the GOP banner in living memory, are the Republican Party - and the party is Trump.

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Rad Milwaukee Woman: OnMilwaukee's Molly Snyder

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:31:00 CDT

Molly Snyder is a senior writer here at OnMilwaukee and has been a leader on the editorial team for the past 15 years. She's so damn rad. Find out why.

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A conspiracy theorist's case for Hillary Clinton

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:03:00 CDT

When it comes to conspiracy theorists, I'm not going to try to change your mind with so-called "facts" but rather with reasons why your beliefs actually make Hillary Clinton the better choice - or at least a plausible choice - for your vote.

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