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  • Amid controversy, owner of American Sewer Services to address aldermen: “You have to respect our community”Amid controversy, owner of American Sewer Services to address aldermen: “You have to respect our community”

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    MILWAUKEE — Kids deserve the best, and you can make sure they get it. When you support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, you strengthen a community of doctors, nurses and staff members who have just one mission: to give all children and their families the best quality care. Call the FOX6 Children’s Hospital Super Sunday phone bank now at 414-355-3160 and make your pledge. You can also donate online here www.chw.org/helpkids Your generosity has the power to save lives. Call 414-355-3160 and make your donation now. Thank you!

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  • Donate to FOX6’s Children’s Hospital Super Sunday Telethon, and help kids like Mackenzie, diagnosed with epilepsyDonate to FOX6’s Children’s Hospital Super Sunday Telethon, and help kids like Mackenzie, diagnosed with epilepsy

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday. The 81-year-old senator will undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in the state after spending several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. In a brief statement, the office provided an assessment from Dr. Mark Gilbert, chief of neuro-oncology at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute. “Senator McCain has responded well to treatment he received at Walter Reed Medical Center for a viral infection and continues to improve,” Gilbert said. “An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment.” McCain expressed appreciation for his care and the outpouring of support and, according to his office, “looks forward to returning to Washington in January.” Now in his sixth Senate term, McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch (51-millimeter) blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: “My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona.” Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump told reporters he had spoken to McCain’s wife, Cindy. “They’ve headed back, but I understand he’ll come if we ever needed his vote, which hopefully we won’t,” President Trump said after returning to the White House from Camp David. “But the word is that John will come back if we need his vote. And it’s too bad. He’s going through a very tough time, there’s no question about it. But he will come back if we need his vote.” Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, and McCain and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., missed votes last week. The 80-year-old Cochran had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. He is expected to vote on the tax bill. Republicans secured the support of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker last Friday for the tax measure, and they are poised to pass the bill by a narrow margin in the face of unified Democratic opposition. As a backstop, Vice President Mike Pence would be available to break a tie. A vote is expected in the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday. If approved, the measure would head to President Trump for his signature on what will be his first major legislative accomplishment since taking office 11 months ago. After his summer surgery, McCain rebounded quickly, returning to Washington and entering the Senate on July 25 to a standing ovation from his colleagues. In a dramatic turn, he cast a deciding vote against the Republican health care bill — a move that drew the wrath of President Trump and conservatives. McCain’s vote scuttled the seven-year effort by the GOP to dismantle much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But McCain’s condition has appeared to worsen in recent weeks. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, with members of his staff pushing him where he needed to go. As a Navy pilot, McCain lived through a July 1967 fire that killed 134 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. The following October, his plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war. McCain also has survived several bouts with melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

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  • AG Jeff Sessions to speak in Milwaukee, addressing efforts to combat violent crimeAG Jeff Sessions to speak in Milwaukee, addressing efforts to combat violent crime

    MILWAUKEE — Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Milwaukee Monday, December 18th to deliver remarks on efforts to combat violent crime in American cities and neighborhoods. Sessions is set to speak at the Milwaukee Federal Building and US Courthouse Monday morning. Sessions in August stopped in Green Bay, where he spoke during the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children’s annual conference — telling the Wisconsin audience that he opioid epidemic was “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged people to “foster a culture that’s hostile to drug use” that reminded some of the 1980s War on Drugs.

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  • Jerry Richardson will sell Carolina Panthers amid sexual misconduct allegationsJerry Richardson will sell Carolina Panthers amid sexual misconduct allegations

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  • Amid sexual misconduct investigation, Carolina Panthers owner to sell teamAmid sexual misconduct investigation, Carolina Panthers owner to sell team

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Facing a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the NFL team after the season. The team announced on Twitter that Richardson is selling the team, linking to a five-paragraph letter by the franchise’s only owner. “I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership,” Richardson wrote, saying he wouldn’t begin discussions until after the season. The Panthers, who lost in the Super Bowl in 2016, are in playoff position again. “I hope everyone in the organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl,” said Richardson, 81. The NFL awarded Richardson, a former player with the Baltimore Colts, an expansion franchise in 1993, and he has been the team’s only owner. Richardson’s letter did not directly address the investigation. “There has been no greater mission or purpose in my life than to have brought and NFL franchise to Charlotte,” Richardson wrote. “The obstacles back then were significant and some even questioned whether or community could or would support professional football. But I always knew that if given the chance the Carolina would rise to the occasion. And you have. The team has become an integral part of the community. The stadium is in its best condition since the day it opened.” Richardson attended the game Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium and was photographed sitting beside his wife Rosalind in his luxury box. He did not speak to reporters. “While I will no longer be the team owner, I will always be the Panthers Number One fan,” Richardson’s letter said. The Panthers are tied to Charlotte through June of 2019. The city of Charlotte and the Panthers reached agreement on improvements for the team’s stadium in 2013. The plan called for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year deal to keep the Panthers in Charlotte. The money is less than what the team was seeking for improvements of the stadium, which opened in 1996. Forbes estimates the Panthers worth at $2.3 billion. Richardson’s announcement comes after a Sports Illustrated report that cited unnamed sources who said Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report states that the settlements came with non-disclosure requirements forbidding the parties from discussing the details. The NFL on Sunday said it has taken over the investigation of allegations of workplace misconduct. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had no comment on the report. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Sunday the team requested the league take over the investigation. “We thought it would be best for transparency reasons,” Drummond told The Associated Press. The investigation was originally going to be led by the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and overseen by Erskine Bowles, a minority owner with the Panthers. Drummond said in a release that the Panthers take these allegations very seriously and are committed to a full investigation. “The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally,” Drummond said. The Panthers began play in 1995 but have never delivered on Richardson’s promise of winning a Super Bowl. They lost after the 2003 and 2015 seasons. The Panthers are 10-4 entering the final two weeks of the regular season and well positioned for a playoff run. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, like most of the team’s players, hadn’t read the details of the report that came out just as the Panthers were preparing to play the Green Bay Packers. Newton said Richardson has served in a “father-like role” for him since his arrival in Carolina seven years ago. “For me I hope things don’t alter my thinking of Mr. Richardson,” Newton said. “But I do know that he has given me some things that I will forever be appreciative of.” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game it is important to let the process play out, but vouched for Richardson’s character. “The only thing I can speak on is for what he has been to me as far as I’m concerned,” Rivera said. “A lot of you know I had a house fire and he was there for (my wife) Stephanie and I. He was tremendous in supporting us. My brother passed and Mr. Richardson was there and helped me get to the funeral and back. I can’t speak to anything other than that.” It has been a whirlwind year for the Panthers organization. Team president Danny Morrison abruptly resigned in February. Richardson then fired general manager Dave Gettleman on the eve of training camp and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney on an interim basis. It was a surprising move considering Carolina made the playoffs three times in four seasons under Gettleman.

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  • Pres. Trump says he doesn’t plan to fire special counsel Robert MuellerPres. Trump says he doesn’t plan to fire special counsel Robert Mueller

    WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial year in office. President Trump returned to the White House from Camp David and was asked if he was considering triggering the process to dismiss Mueller, who is investigating whether the president’s Republican campaign coordinated with Russian officials during last year’s election. The president answered: “No, I’m not.” But he did add to the growing conservative criticism of Mueller’s move to gain access to thousands of emails sent and received by President Trump officials before the start of his administration, yielding attacks from transition lawyers and renewing chatter that President Trump may act to end the investigation. “It’s not looking good. It’s quite sad to see that. My people were very upset about it,” President Trump said. “I can’t imagine there’s anything on them, frankly. Because, as we said, there’s no collusion. There’s no collusion whatsoever.” On Saturday, the general counsel for the transition group sent a letter to two congressional committees arguing Mueller’s investigators had improperly obtained thousands of transition records. The investigators did not directly request the records from President Trump’s still-existing transition group, Trump for America, and instead obtained them from the General Services Administration, a separate federal agency that stored the material, according to the group’s general counsel. A spokesman for Mueller said the records were obtained appropriately. “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process,” Peter Carr said. But many President Trump allies used the email issue as another cudgel with which to bash the probe’s credibility. Members of the conservative media and some congressional Republicans have begun to systematically question Mueller’s motives and credibility while the president himself called it a “disgrace” that some texts and emails from two FBI agents contained anti-President Trump rhetoric. One of those agents was on Mueller’s team and has been removed. Michael Caputo, a former President Trump campaign aide, called the investigation an “attack on the presidency” and told CNN there are “more and more indications that the Mueller investigation is off the rails.” The talk of firing Mueller has set off alarm bells among many Democrats, who warn it could trigger a constitutional crisis. Some Republicans also advised against the move, including Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who deemed the idea “a mistake.” The rumor mill overshadowed the Republican tax plan, which is set to be voted on this week. Although Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was doing a victory lap on the tax bill on the Sunday talk show circuit, he first had to field questions on CNN’s “State of the Union” about whether believed President Trump would trigger the process to fire Mueller. “I don’t have any reason to think that the president is going to do that, but that’s obviously up to him,” said Mnuchin. Mnuchin added, “We have got to get past this investigation. It’s a giant distraction.” But he declined to elaborate on how he would want it to end. Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, was also peppered with questions about Mueller’s fate during his own appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and again urged a quick end to the investigation but insisted that President Trump has not discussed firing Mueller. “There’s no conversation about that whatsoever in the White House,” Short said.

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  • Fewer Injured Workers Getting CompensationFewer Injured Workers Getting Compensation

    Richard Decker worked for more than 35 years for Kohler Co. before a brain injury sustained at work in 2010 forced him to stop working. Decker, seen here with his wife, Cathy, has problems with short-term memory and severe pain. Kohler has refused to provide him with long-term support under worker’s compensation for the injury, and a state commission sided with the company. Photographed May 5, 2017 at the Deckers’ home near Cedar Grove, Wis. Photo by Alexandra Hall/WPR/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Richard Decker’s job involved heavy lifting and standing in conditions that were sometimes too hot for his co-workers at the Kohler Co. But Decker did not mind. He loved to work. Decker’s 36-year career as a manual caster at the kitchen and bath fixtures company in Kohler, Wisconsin, ended after a workplace accident in which an 80-pound commercial-grade toilet fell on his head, knocking him unconscious and causing a brain injury. For months after the Sept. 15, 2010 incident, Decker tried to return to work. But dizziness, excruciating headaches and neck and back pain made it impossible. By January 2012, Decker’s specialist, neurosurgeon Dr. Spencer Block, found he was unable to perform any meaningful work. Another physician who examined Decker, neurologist Dr. John Broderick, wrote that he was “likely the most dedicated patient I have met as far as working towards returning to his work place.” Nevertheless, Block, Broderick and two other doctors he was referred to by his primary care physician concluded Decker had suffered permanent physical, neurological and psychological effects from the 2010 accident that keep him from working. Richard Decker shows where a commercial-grade toilet fell on his head in 2010. Decker filed for worker’s compensation for the injury, eventually appealing the decision to the Labor and Industry Review Commission. The commission ruled against his doctors and for Kohler Co.’s doctors, who found Decker had fully healed from the injuries. Decker — who takes morphine for his pain, has developed a stutter and suffers from short-term memory loss — is receiving Social Security disability payments. Photo by Alexandra Hall / WPR/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. These days, Decker, 63, takes morphine to ward off bouts of excruciating pain. He has a hard time remembering things that have just happened. Decker stutters, often struggling to remember what he was talking about. He cries at the least provocation. Decker said he is often too embarrassed to leave the home near Cedar Grove in Sheboygan County that he shares with his wife, Cathy, who also worked at Kohler for nearly 20 years. And while he receives Social Security disability payments — less than half of his former pay at Kohler — the state of Wisconsin has denied Decker worker’s compensation for the ongoing symptoms. If he had been declared permanently and totally disabled, Decker could have received a portion of his pay plus health care related to his injury for the rest of his life from Kohler. After a 2013 hearing, an administrative law judge found Decker “credible,” ruling in 2015 that he was permanently and totally disabled. But in 2016, Gov. Scott Walker’s three-member Labor and Industry Review Commission denied worker’s compensation beyond Dec. 15, 2010 — three months after the accident — siding with Kohler and the doctors it hired to examine him. Richard Decker, long-time employee of the Kohler Co., headquarters seen here, sought compensation after an 80-pound toilet fell on his head in 2010. After a long contested case, doctors hired by the company convinced a state panel that Decker’s injury had healed in a matter of months. He feels the company abandoned him. The Kohler, Wis.-based company says it followed the law and Decker was treated fairly. Photo by Royalbroil via Creative Commons. Physicians on both sides of the case agreed Decker had suffered from post-concussion syndrome. But the Kohler-hired doctors disputed the severity of his injuries, contending after examinations in 2012 that he had fully healed. Any problems, they argued, had stemmed from a 2005 back injury and surgeries. Those doctors concluded Decker’s continuing symptoms were primarily in his mind. After nearly six years, the commission awarded Decker money for the 2005 back injury — but not the 2010 blow to the head. “Not in a million years did we think it would get overturned, not after what he went through,” Cathy Decker said as they sat at the dining room table of their rural, ranch-style house, rifling through stacks of paperwork related to Richard’s worker’s compensation claim and medical bills. “He was in a brain treatment center for five months, for cripes’ sake. “His doctor said he can’t go back to work because he can’t, well, you see how he is,” she added, speaking to a reporter. “He can’t sit. He can’t stand without having pain on a regular basis. You know, just his mental condition …” Richard Decker’s feet sometimes curl with painful cramps, caused, he says, by a brain injury he suffered in 2010 while working at the Kohler Co. Decker’s request for worker’s compensation for the injury was denied in 2016 after a long administrative battle. Photo by Alexandra Hall / WPR/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. In a report to the Deckers’ attorney, Charles Domer, Broderick wrote: “I find it disheartening and shameful that such a large and proud corporation such as Kohler would go to great lengths to deny benefits, support and future compensation to someone who has given so much of his life to them.” In a statement to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the company said Decker was treated fairly. “Kohler has acknowledged Mr. Decker’s worker’s compensation claim and provided him with an appropriate and fair level of benefits per state of Wisconsin statutes,” the statement read. “Kohler appreciates Mr. Decker’s years of service, for which he has received compensation and benefits, including a defined benefit pension that rewards his length of service to the company.” There are some indications that injured workers like Decker are losing ground. One lawyer’s study concluded that decisions overwhelmingly favored employers after appointees of Wisconsin’s pro-business Republican governor took full control of the Labor and Industry Review Commission in late 2013. And a Center review of agency statistics shows the percentage of administrative law judges’ decisions appealed to the LIRC has more than doubled over 10 years, from 29 percent in 2007 to 59 percent in 2016. Richard Decker is seen at his son’s wedding in September 2007. In 2010, Decker was injured while working at the Kohler Co., when an 80-pound toilet fell on his head, causing a brain injury. Decker currently is in excruciating pain, has a hard time remembering things that have just happened, stutters, and cries at the least provocation. “What they did between that period of time has really tilted the scales in favor of the insurance companies and employers in a very significant way,” said Luke Kingree, a worker’s compensation attorney who practices in Eau Claire and Madison who did the study covering decisions between 2014 and 2016. LIRC Chairwoman Georgia Maxwell responded in an email that “there is no ‘appropriate’ or ‘fair’ distribution of results between applicants and respondents in worker’s compensation cases, nor should anyone attempt to divine one. Each case rises and falls on its individual merits, after due consideration of the factual record and the law applicable to the case.” Yet Kingree’s findings align with a prediction by William Sachse, a Milwaukee attorney who represents employers. He told a business group in 2013 that the addition of the Walker appointees to the LIRC “could make its decisions friendlier to employers.” For Decker, the decision denying him worker’s compensation feels like a betrayal. “I had supervisors, superintendents come up to me and say, ‘Richard, I wish I had a hundred more men like you.’ You know? Guys at work would say, ‘Are you foolish? Working all those heat days, that overtime?’ “And I just really deeply thought in my heart that if something would ever happen, that they would take care of good workers. I really honestly believed that.” ‘Grand bargain’ protects workers, employers Wisconsin has a long history when it comes to worker’s compensation, becoming the first state to have a worker’s compensation program upheld by its state Supreme Court in 1911. According to the Department of Workforce Development, the aim of the law is to “require an employer to promptly and accurately compensate a worker for any injury suffered on the job, regardless of the existence of any fault or whose it might be” in exchange for limiting the amount of money a worker could recover. Worker’s compensation is often called “the grand bargain” in which employers assume responsibility for workplace injuries. In exchange, workers in most cases cannot sue for damages — such as pain and suffering — that go beyond medical expenses. The insurance carrier or self-insured employer is supposed to cover not only medical expenses but also wages lost during the time the worker is injured. var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1513540342375'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 800) { vizElement.style.width='771px';vizElement.style.height='577px';} else if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 500 ) { vizElement.style.width='771px';vizElement.style.height='577px';} else { vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*1.77)+'px';} var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); In Wisconsin, private companies provide worker’s compensation insurance to employers. The Department of Workforce Development’s function is to mediate disputes that arise, make sure employers and workers follow the law and help applicants navigate the system. DWD says it receives about 30,000 worker’s compensation claims per year. Roughly 5,000 are contested and scheduled before an administrative law judge, according to DWD spokesman John Dipko. All but a few hundred cases each year are settled before the case gets to a hearing, usually “at the courthouse steps,” said B.J. Dernbach, former administrator for the DWD’s Division of Worker’s Compensation who now is the administrator of the agency’s operations division. In 2016, Wisconsin saw 5,184 injured workers apply for hearings to mediate disputes. Of those, 93.4 percent were settled, DWD said. Wisconsin’s high settlement rates have earned it a top spot among states nationally, meaning the system is working well, Dernbach said. Dozens of other states have chipped away at benefits for injured workers in an effort to reduce the cost for employers, whose worker’s compensation insurance premiums are based in part on how much they pay out in claims. A 2015 ProPublica and NPR investigation found that since 2003, legislators in 33 states had passed laws that cut benefits for injured workers or made it harder to get them “under the false premise that costs are out of control.” In fact, the investigation found employers are paying the lowest rates for worker’s compensation insurance since the 1970s. Unlike many other states, Wisconsin actually slightly increased benefits for injured workers by raising the amount of wage replacement, the investigation found. Study: Panel employer-friendly Attorney Luke Kingree studied the Labor and Industry Review Commission after appointees for Gov. Scott Walker took full control of the body, which hears worker’s compensation appeals. He found that from July 2014 to June 2016, the LIRC “tilted the scales in favor of the insurance companies and employers in a very significant way.” Kingree, the attorney who conducted the Wisconsin study, looked at whether decisions from the LIRC, which handles worker’s compensation appeals, had changed since Walker appointees took control in late 2013. He reviewed 252 case decisions issued by the LIRC between July 2014 and June 2016 — many of them, he said, by employers seeking to reduce or overturn benefits awarded by judges. These 252 cases raised 181 “significant” issues, Kingree said, including whether the injury was caused at work, the extent and duration of the injury and the benefits to which the worker is entitled. Focusing on those issues, Kingree said he found the commission reversed rulings by judges that favored employers just 1 percent of the time while reversing decisions favoring workers 38 percent of the time. Kingree said his review of the cases showed the LIRC often adopted the opinions of “independent medical examiners” hired by the employers or their insurers — who sometimes did cursory physical examinations or just a review of medical records — over physicians who had treated the injured workers. Among the cases he reviewed were more than a dozen that “almost broke my heart to read them,” said Kingree, who used to represent employers but now exclusively represents injured workers. “I consider myself to be relatively fair-minded and even-keeled, but I found their decisions in these 15 or 20 cases to be completely, clearly incorrect where they sided with these (independent medical examiner) doctors against the injured worker,” he said. Since Kingree presented his study at the 2016 Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys meeting, lawyers have told him the commission appears to be moderating its stance toward injured workers. Maxwell, who has served stints as a high-level administrator at DWD and the Department of Financial Institutions, took over as LIRC chairwoman in November. She defended the panel’s decisions, saying they are publicly available and “speak for themselves.” “Judging by the exceedingly high percentage of cases where the commission’s decisions are affirmed following judicial review, the commission is confident that its review of worker’s compensation cases over the last several years has been both factual and legally sound,” she said. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is taking a harder line against suspected worker’s compensation fraud. Beginning in 2016, DWD partnered with the state Department of Justice to add a dedicated prosecutor for worker’s compensation cases. According to Dipko, the prosecutor focuses on all types of fraud and abuse, ranging from workers “faking injuries” to doctors overbilling the system. DWD also has made it easier for the public to report suspected fraud through its website. Dipko said he believes these measures have a deterrent effect on cheating. Georgia Maxwell is the new chairwoman of Wisconsin’s Labor and Industry Review Commission. One study found LIRC decisions tilted strongly toward employers in worker’s compensation appeals between 2014 and 2016. Maxwell says each decision is based on the facts of the case and “there is no ‘appropriate’ or ‘fair’ distribution of results between applicants and respondents.” A former deputy secretary at the Department of Workforce Development, Maxwell is seen in August 2017 participating in an apprenticeship event in Hartford, Wis. Photo from the Department of Workforce Development via Facebook. But Kingree said he has seen little fraud by workers during his 10 years practicing worker’s compensation law on both sides of such disputes. Most people just want to get back to work, he said, and at a maximum of two-thirds of pay while healing from a work injury, “Nobody gets rich on worker’s comp in Wisconsin.” Case highlights gap in coverage In late June, the state Supreme Court denied an appeal from a Chippewa Falls Walmart employee injured at work in 2013. Tracie Flug said she relied on her doctor’s advice to get spinal surgery after she strained her right arm and shoulder while scanning items on a high shelf. After the surgery, Walmart’s physician — who never examined Flug — contended the procedure was designed to fix not the strain but a pre-existing back condition. The spinal fusion left Flug with a permanent partial disability. Her efforts to qualify for worker’s compensation had been denied by the LIRC. A split Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld those decisions. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly wrote the opinion denying worker’s compensation for a woman who was left partially disabled after a surgery her doctor recommended to correct a workplace injury. He ruled Tracie Flug’s surgery corrected an earlier problem — not the workplace injury. Kelly is seen here at the State of the State address in Madison, Wis., on Jan. 10, 2017. Photo by Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. “In the general scheme of the program, medical expenses and disability benefits are payable only when they are attributable to a qualifying injury,” said Justice Daniel Kelly, writing for the 4-3 majority. But dissenters, including Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, said the majority ignored the portion of the law requiring that when an injured worker receives treatment “in good faith” — and the treatment is “unnecessary” yet “medically acceptable” — the employer must pay worker’s compensation for any resulting disabilities. Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote that an injured worker who was partially disabled by surgery following a workplace injury should be compensated for that disability. Roggensack was on the losing end of that 4-3 decision, which denied worker’s compensation to Tracie Flug. Roggensack is seen here at the State of the State address in Madison, Wis., on Jan. 10, 2017. Photo by Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Flug’s attorney, Jeff Klemp, said his client is back at work at Walmart, has gotten a promotion and prefers not to talk about the case. Klemp said he had at least two other cases in which the LIRC sided with employers, ignoring important medical evidence presented by his clients’ personal physicians. 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    Dionne Warwick. Photo from Facebook. Dionne Warwick knows from catalogs. She was the voice of one of the greatest, the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Their catalog is second only to Sears in quantity and far better when it comes to quality. Often burdened with pernicious handle “soft rock,” their songs were so much more than that. This week we talk about another collection of songs that gets overlooked most of the year. It contains melodies as stirring as any, ones that have inspired many a diva to reach for that highest note. I’m talking about traditional Christmas Carols. Unlike popular Christmas songs, a whole other wonderful category where there’s more Santa than Jesus, these more traditional hymns have come down through the ages, winners in a Darwinian fight for survival. The ones we know and love must have something — they’re still here! A type of classical music for the masses, they are ripe with drama and perfect candidates for sweeping symphonic treatments. They are as close as most of us get to the orchestral canon of the great composers. Divas love drama. The center of the stage, which is their birthright, is where they are most comfortable. If you’re like me, you often wonder where the line is drawn that separates exaggerated emotion from out-and-out grandstanding. The line has been crossed many times and frankly obliterated, thanks to shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice.” Too bad. We seem to have lost our way, if only just a little. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1420576007798-2'); }); A good tonic for the woes of excess is melody: it is the first thing that gets tossed when the dramatic thermostat is set on high. Of course divas are going to color outside the lines and when the great ones do, we’re thankful. I was thinking of this last week as I watched my dear friend, Julia Prescott stand and deliver on a song I had been obsessing about, “O Holy Night.” I think the word “earworm’ applies; it was playing endlessly but pleasantly in my head for about a week afterwards. Her performance was at Gospel Brunch at Colectivo on Prospect, one of the best ways this side of their caffeinated treats to get revved up on a Sunday morning. Julia sang the song a cappella, an act of unthinkable courage for most. But being a licensed diva loaded with confidence and charm, it was just another day at the office for her. She stuck very close to the melody, which I appreciated. As I searched Youtube for another version to write about, I was surprised to see many of my favorite singers ignore the melody. I don’t mind at all, I could spend hours watching Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Florence Ballard, Gladys Knight, and Patti Labelle deliver soul-stirring renditions of the song. Still, in this particular case, I wanted to hear an honest reading from a more transparent singer, one who was at the service of the song and saw it as more than a showcase for their talent. I was surprised to see Dionne singing it. She always showed such restraint on the Bacharach/David songs, banking the fire and keeping the scale human. It seemed an unlikely choice for her, but of course she did what she was always good at — sticking to the script and delivering an honest and touching reading of this classic. Here she is singing it in a lush symphonic setting provided by The Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra.
 “O Holy Night” was written before the “h” was added to the word “oh.” Like 170 years ago. It started as a poem by a Frenchman, Placide Cappeau, and then set to music by his countryman, the composer Adam Adolphe. It was first sung, appropriately enough, by what passed for a diva in those days, opera singer Emily Laurey. This was, of course, long before music was recorded, so those versions are lost in the mists of time. They did have sheet music and the sales on this one have been steady ever since. The lyrics, as one would expect, are full of arcane expressions that once weren’t. Here is the English translation by John Sullivan Bright: O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices! O night divine O night when Christ was born; O night divine, O night, O night Divine. © Public Domain (One has to assume after 170 years) I skipped the two rarely sung extra verses. They feature clumsy constructions that always seem to end in a verb, like “Before Him lowly bend!” Some lyrics submitted to internet sites seem to come from obsessive grammarians. Lots of punctuation on this one, so someone gets an A. Beyond these only slightly off-putting anachronisms is a song with more sweep and power than anything in recent memory that wasn’t sung by Roy Orbison. (I checked — there are no videos of him singing it, alas). The similarities between Roy and his classical ancestors lie in the long arc of development that takes you through a shifting landscape, foothills first, before finally delivering you to a towering climax. No need for verses and choruses here, just follow the thread of melody and you will be rewarded greatly. It would be very limiting to come down with a judgement on how much drama is enough. There is something wonderful about operatic excess and I reserve the right to swept away by it. But sometimes it can be like pouring gasoline on a raging fire. Hard as it is to see sometimes, there is also value in control. Christmas carols serve an important function — they make the tricky path to full seasonal joy a little straighter. They bring back memories and warm the innards like a hot toddy. You may or may not be religious, but we can all be awestruck by other-worldly beauty. Songs like this can give us all hope and joy. Happy Holidays!

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  • Op Ed: The DNR Isn’t Quite DeadOp Ed: The DNR Isn’t Quite Dead

    Karner Blue Butterfly. Photo is in the Public Domain. Karma is thriving inside the Wisconsin DNR, so enjoy it along with me. You may remember that developer and former GOP State Senator Cathy Stepp successfully auditioned through a snarky, anti-science blog post for the DNR Secretaryship she enjoyed for nearly seven years before Donald Trump moved her to a bigger sandbox to pollute. Let us quote from her blog back in 2009: Those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of peeking behind the scenes of our state agencies like DNR, Health and Family Services, etc…need to know how some of the most far-reaching policies come down on our heads…suffice it to say that many of these great ideas (sarcasm) come from deep inside the agencies and tend to be reflections of that agency’s culture For example, people who go to work for the DNR’s land, waste, and water bureaus tend to be anti-development, anti-transportation, and pro-garter snakes, karner blue butterflies, etc…This is in their nature; their make-up and DNA. So, since they’re unelected bureaucrats who have only their cubicle walls to bounce ideas off of, they tend to come up with some pretty outrageous stuff that those of us in the real world have to contend with. Now let me point you to the DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program 2017 Annual Report, a lovely document touting many positive DNR staff and volunteer initiatives statewide. Among more than a dozen success stories is this one which would give Stepp heartburn: Wisconsin has more Karner blue butterflies than anywhere else in the world, and NHC continues restoring habitat for this endangered species. For example, a 34-acre area of Coon Fork Barrens State Natural Area is now exploding with lupine and other plants critical for Karners following a recent prescribed burn; butterfly numbers increased at this site too. With restoration projects planned through this fall/winter, Karners will gain more than 900 acres of improved habitat, which will also benefit a host of other species, by the end of 2017. And while the Governor and his GOP-run Legislature want business to be able to fill wetlands and dig mines near rivers and streams, the report highlights many examples of land preservation that invite hikers and tourists to enjoy an enriched environment: BOOSTING HABITAT ON PRIVATE LANDS  MONKSHOOD UNCOVERED  NATURAL AREA ADDITION BENEFITS RARE SPECIES And it’s hard to miss the contradiction between the DNR management that’s working hard to help a Walker donor to tear apart a wetland/woodland/artifact/dune-rich 247-acre nature preserve right next to – – and even intruding into –  – Kohler-Andrae State Park – – and this feature item in the Natural Heritage Conservation Program 2017 Annual Report: WISCONSIN HAS THE NATION’S LARGEST AND OLDEST SYSTEM OF NATURE PRESERVES and more of them got the help they needed in 2017 as NHC field staff controlled brush and invasive plants, conducted prescribed burns and arranged timber harvests on a record 12,445 acres. Such management is particularly important for maintaining Wisconsin’s best remaining prairie and oak savanna and barren remnants and providing refuge for the endangered plants and animals that depend on such habitat. By the way: while you can enjoy the report online, I have to mention that I first saw it as an insert in the December 2017 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine – – the publication which Walker and then-DNR Secretary Stepp tried and failed to kill. Which led to an increase in subscriptions, and no doubt wider distribution of the Natural Heritage Conservation Program’s work, goals and 2017 Annual Report, to new readers, like me. Karma. James Rowen, a former journalist and mayoral staffer in Milwaukee and Madison, writes a regular blog, The Political Environment. 

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  • Campaign Cash: Big Loans Finance Some Legislative RacesCampaign Cash: Big Loans Finance Some Legislative Races

    Cash. Photo by Moritz Wickendorf. Seven candidates in two special elections for vacant Assembly and Senate seats have loaned or contributed about $272,715 of their own money to their campaigns (see table below), according to recent campaign finance reports filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. The reports, which cover fundraising and spending from July 1 through Dec. 4, showed that self-funding by three of the candidates amounted to all or nearly all of the money they raised. Topping the list of self-funders was GOP Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, of River Falls, who is running for western Wisconsin’s 10th Senate seat. Zimmerman loaned his campaign $184,400, or 82 percent of the $223,868 that he raised since January 2017. Zimmerman’s opponent, Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, loaned and contributed a total of $50,954, or 34 percent of the $151,261 his campaign raised since last January. Patty Schachtner, who is one of three Democrats vying for the 10th Senate seat, loaned $100 to her campaign, or 1 percent of the $13,210 she has raised. The other Democratic candidates did not contribute to their campaigns. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1420576007798-2'); }); Four of the five Democratic and Republican candidates seeking the 58th Assembly seat in southeastern Wisconsin also contributed to their own campaigns. Republican Steve Stanek loaned and contributed 100 percent of all of the money his campaign raised – $20,005. And GOP candidate Rick Gundrum loaned his campaign $16,500, or 99 percent of the total $16,600 that he raised. A third Republican in the race, Tiffany Koehler, loaned her campaign $500, or 8 percent of the $6,113 that she raised. The lone Democrat in the 58th Assembly race, Dennis Degenhardt, contributed $255, or 8 percent of the $3,016 his campaign raised. Primaries for these special elections are scheduled Dec. 19 and the winners will face off in elections on Jan. 16. For more information about the candidates’ contributors go here and click on the name of the candidate. To view each of the candidates’ personal finances, click on the word “statement.” The employer information for large donors was added by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign because new campaign finance laws effective last year no longer require candidates to make that contributor information available to the public. Previous state law required candidates to identify the employers and occupations of individuals who contributed more than $100 annually. Now, candidates only have to identify a large contributor’s occupation, which usually amounts to meaningless references, such as owner, president, executive, or businessman. Employer data about contributors to legislative and statewide candidates is important because it shows the public the special interests that are supporting and influencing candidates. This information often goes a long way in explaining how elected officials vote on public policy and spending matters. Candidate Party Office Self-Contributions Total Raised Shannon Zimmerman R S10 $184,400 $223,868 Adam Jarchow R S10 $50,954 $151,261 Steve Stanek R A58 $20,005 $20,005 Rick Gundrum R A58 $16,500 $16,600 Tiffany Koehler R A58 $500 $6,113 Dennis Degenhardt D A58 $255 $3,016 Patty Schachtner D S10 $100 $13,210 TOTAL $272,714 $434,073

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  • The 3 trends Dick Leinenkugel sees for the beer industryThe 3 trends Dick Leinenkugel sees for the beer industry

    In a speech at Discovery World, Leinenkugel shared three rising trends he sees for the industry in which he has spent most of his life.

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  • Topgolf seeks Milwaukee-area site; Ballpark Commons launches similar concept in FranklinTopgolf seeks Milwaukee-area site; Ballpark Commons launches similar concept in Franklin

    Even as Topgolf is scouting for a possible location in metro Milwaukee for its combination of high-tech golf games, food and entertainment, Milwaukee-area real estate developer Mike Zimmerman will launch a separate concept in Franklin called BigShots Golf.

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  • Conservative Group Pushes Renewable EnergyConservative Group Pushes Renewable Energy

    Scott Coenen The Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum launched on Dec. 13, joining similar conservative energy forums in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and states around the country. The not-for-profit organization’s leaders include executive director Scott Coenen, who worked most recently as a policy adviser to State Sen. Howard Marklein, and lobbyist Brandon Scholz, the forum strategic adviser. Midwest Energy News spoke with Coenen and Scholz leading up to the forum’s launch. This conversation has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity. Midwest Energy News: How did your professional or political background lead you to the clean energy field? Scott Coenen: I’ve been in Republican politics for the better part of a decade now. I’ve always been personally very interested in energy. I follow commodity markets. It’s a very interesting world and it kind of meshes a lot of things together, political, economic, it’s an intersection of a couple different worlds, particularly in Wisconsin. Brandon Scholz Brandon Scholz: I run trade associations, and the people we represent on a variety of issues, energy is always an important part. And I worked for Wisconsin Power & Light 20 years ago. What will the forum be doing to promote clean energy? Coenen: There’s been a revolution in energy markets in the last 10 years, but it’s largely gone unnoticed by a lot of decision-makers in the political world. Whether conservatives like it or not, solar, wind and a lot of renewable and alternative energies will be cost-competitive with fossil fuels. That changes the entire game, it flips the entire issue on its head. We’re tied in with the national network of state organizations including Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio. There’s a strong Midwest contingent. Our job is going to be to talk to conservatives and invite conservatives to the table to start to discuss these issues. Will this be a hard sell in a state like Wisconsin where the Public Service Commission and some elected officials have been known as hostile to clean energy? Scholz: We want them to think of it differently. When they hear solar we want them to think jobs — what does this do to their economy, how does renewable energy impact their state economy, so we’re no longer dealing with this on an ideological platform. This is a big ship that’s been sailing in one direction for a long time, it’s going to take time. Coenen: Preconceived notions are really strong. Solyndra always stuck out in my mind — sometimes those preconceived notions can be very difficult to challenge. We’re talking about trying to shift the conversation but also present facts that haven’t necessarily been presented in the past. What specifically would you like to see change in Wisconsin’s energy mix? Would you like to see more coal plants closing? Coenen: Right now Wisconsin’s energy mix is still pretty heavily coal. That has not changed yet but I think the point we need to make is that it is changing. Our organization is not going to be anti-coal, we’re not necessarily anti any source of power. But people shouldn’t view it as a negative if we shift away from coal as a primary source and shift to some of these other sources of power. At a certain point it becomes wind and solar are actually cheaper for the customer, so why wouldn’t we shift to some of these sources? We Energies just made their announcement about closing two coal-powered [units at the Pleasant Prairie plant] in Wisconsin. I never like to see people out of work, but they’re also replacing that power generation specifically with solar because it makes sense to the bottom line. Scholz: We’re not here to argue and debate with utilities — we understand what they’re working on, they understand what we’re working on. The regulated side is already working on wind and solar and bio-digesters for a variety of reasons, some is cost, what their customers want, what their shareholders want. These utilities are making changes on their own. These are fairly dramatic announcements. With many farms and forests in Wisconsin, is biomass an important part of the picture? You also list hydro, natural gas and nuclear as clean energies you support, would you like to see more hydro and natural gas in Wisconsin, or if it ever became financially viable even nuclear? Coenen: The short answer is yes, we would advocate for all of the above. With hydro there’s not a lot of additional capacity. Wisconsin already leads the country in bio-digesters. There’s not a single organization or entity that looks out for their interests. To us that’s an untapped source, a technology we probably should be looking more into. There’s been a lot of controversy in recent years over utilities’ approach to distributed solar in Wisconsin, with utilities proposing rate cases seen as actively hostile to distributed solar. Do you see distributed solar and policies that support it as part of the mix? Scholz: It’s in a very early stage in Wisconsin. On the commercial side we have companies like SunPeak working with [the state program] Focus on Energy. And we have SunRun in Wisconsin. The role that the forum can play is an educational one, to help legislators and frankly members of the media who are not real up to speed on this, as well as decision-makers in businesses around the state, get a better understanding of what solar means and does and frame out the arguments and debate on distributed energy and how it’s going to work. A lot of people don’t even know what it means. There’s a really steep learning curve. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1420576007798-2'); }); Will you be advocating for specific laws or policies? Coenen: Initially here our first step is going to be a 501c3, so specifically educational. We have to talk to rank and file folks, business leaders, community leaders, folks who are back in legislators’ districts. Our immediate challenge is just how do we educate. What about Wisconsin’s culture or economy will make your job different than it would be in Michigan or Ohio or a coastal state? Coenen: Something that has been a big focus of Republicans the past few years: Wisconsin’s competitiveness. Are we bringing individuals and businesses to the state, are we growing? What’s the regulatory climate look like, do we have a good tax climate, is the business climate okay? Do we have a competitive and good energy mix and power market in Wisconsin? Do we have the power mix that big multinational companies are looking for? One of the leaders on sustainability is SC Johnson. They’re not different than any other corporation, they all want these things. Foxconn is one of the opportunities we have. They are focused on sustainability and renewable sources of power just like anyone else. Governor Scott Walker has in the past directly opposed policies supporting clean energy. What will it be like working with him? Coenen: If we can start a constructive dialogue and present some alternative facts and figures and paint a different picture and start to bring him to the table, I don’t think there should be any reason we can’t turn the ball on this. It’s been relatively quiet in terms of policy in Wisconsin for quite a few years now, it’s been status quo. That represents an opportunity for us. Is climate change a part of your motivation to support clean energy? Do you have a position climate change? Coenen: No. Our message is going to be clearly a conservative message. These technologies, the way the market is moving in this direction for us is about the bottom line, it’s about dollars and cents, it’s about jobs, it’s about rural economic development. There are a number of major environmental and clean energy groups in Wisconsin also working on promoting renewables. Will you work with them on mutual goals? Coenen: We occupy a really specific space and it’s unique. Sure we might have some shared goals at the end of the day, but we’re going to occupy a distinctly conservative, distinctly right of the aisle position. Scholz: Our focus is on conservatives and Republicans and our approach to renewables is different than some of the environmental groups. We don’t share their approach to communities across the state, we have differences of opinion. This is not a link-arms, up with those organizations approach. We approach things differently and we’re doing this because we don’t think a lot of their efforts work. We don’t think they’re terribly successful. They can do it but we think we have a much bigger mission. Coenen: My hope is conservatives and Republicans and folks on the right side of the aisle, we can bring them to the table and folks can keep an open mind and we can pull an issue back to the center a little bit and make some real progress on an issue that’s extremely important for any number of reasons. This story was originally published by Midwest Energy News.

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  • Wisconsin Budget: Funding Shortfall Threatens 2020 CensusWisconsin Budget: Funding Shortfall Threatens 2020 Census

    Wilbur Ross. Photo is in the Public Domain. “The Census,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, “is the bedrock upon which we construct our system of representative democracy. It provides for apportionment, redistricting, and the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding.” By this time in the decennial cycle over the last five decades, funding would be ramping up so the U.S. Census Bureau could scale up its activity appropriately to undertake the constitutionally-required enumeration of the U.S. population scheduled for 2020. Yet the Congress has underfunded the Bureau for the last several years, and estimates for a shortfall for 2018 alone now range between $200 and $300 million. Compared to past censuses, the lack of funding at this point in the cycle is striking. Proposed Increase in 2018 Census Bureau Funding Far Less Than in Previous Decennial Census Cycles In his October testimony, Secretary Ross indicated that $187 million was “urgently needed” to keep programs on track for the 2020 Census. Scores of organizations across the political spectrum agree with Secretary Ross, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who sent a joint letter to the chairs of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  As the AEI and CBPP put it: “No policy or philosophical outlook is well-served by a lack of accurate data. The alternative to accurate, detailed data on American households is policy-by-anecdote, in which lawmakers respond to perceived needs without data needed to determine how large or widespread a problem might be, where its impacts are most concentrated, and how it may be best addressed. Such a process would spend federal funds neither effectively nor wisely.” The impact of underfunding on the Bureau’s preparation for the 2020 Census has been significant. Field tests for more sophisticated data collection in rural areas of West Virginia and on reservations have been cancelled. Development of the advertising campaign that is critical to ensure participation in the census has been curtailed. Some of the modernization plans for address collection and field methods have been deferred. The result? More people will be needed to collect information, ultimately at a higher cost, and the sophisticated technologies that the Bureau had hoped to use in 2020, designed to help reach less accessible groups, will be shelved. As The Census Project points out, inadequate funding for the census has the biggest effects for “historically hard-to-enumerate populations, including low-income households, people of color, immigrants, and young children,” and rural and remote communities are “particularly at risk” because many of the newer technologies the Bureau had hoped to use in 2020 were designed for the less accessible groups. Why does underfunding matter? Because a complete and accurate accounting of the population of the United States, and who lives where, is fundamental to the success of the democratic enterprise and to economic enterprise. Census data are used in a multitude of ways beyond merely counting the population: To enable a fair allocation of more than $600 billion of federal funds annually, including highway funding, Medicaid, homeland security, veterans’ services, Head Start, and dozens of other services; To allocate the 435 members of the House of Representatives among the states and to apportion the congressional districts within the states; To establish boundaries for local governmental and school districts, and for local emergency planning; To facilitate civil rights monitoring, through compilation of data about race and ethnicity; To give state and local governments reliable data to trace developments in and to make decisions about housing, transportation, education, and economic development; To enable private industry to make decisions about commercial real estate development and business locations and track migration of sub-populations; and To document the diversity of the nation, identifying our majorities and minorities, ethnicities, those with disabilities, age distribution, income distribution, housing information, education, employment, and nearly every other demographic indicator. Wisconsin, like every other state, relies on accurate federal statistical information – the information that will be gathered in the 2020 census. We have pockets of internet isolation, more than 20,000 homeless individuals, and some highly-mobile low income people among the population, many of whom are children. A failure to conduct the modernized, fully-funded census could harm some of our most vulnerable populations: The huge proportion of Wisconsin’s children of color who do not live in economically stable homes; The members of the eleven indigenous tribes or bands, many of which have reservations in remote areas of Wisconsin; Veterans reliant on the VA for medical services and hospitals; The most impoverished among us, both within cities and in rural areas. Additionally, the fully-funded census will provide Wisconsin with the best information possible about how to allocate the state’s limited resources. As former Census Bureau director John Thompson said in the Daniel Burnham Forum on Smart Cities, Federal Data, and Civic Innovation, accessible high quality public data help businesses and communities grow the economy, create jobs, address socio-economic issues, improve the quality of life, and offer better services. Why would we want anything else?

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  • Scenes from United Way's celebration of record-breaking $60.35 million community campaignScenes from United Way's celebration of record-breaking $60.35 million community campaign

    United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County revealed Thursday that it raised a record-breaking $60.35 million during its annual community campaign and also exceeded its volunteer goal, recording 25,252 volunteer hours. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the United Way's community celebration. The fundraising total topped 2016 campaign's final tally of $60.13 million. The United Way had also announced a goal of completing 23,000 volunteer hours during the campaign’s “Season…

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  • Executive of the Year-Honorable Mention: Jenny TrickExecutive of the Year-Honorable Mention: Jenny Trick

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  • Executive of the Year-Honorable Mention: Don SmileyExecutive of the Year-Honorable Mention: Don Smiley

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  • Lake Effect's Top Games to Gift in 2017Lake Effect's Top Games to Gift in 2017

    For eight years (and counting), game aficionado James Lowder has joined Lake Effect to talk about the best games of the year. We are talking about classic games here, not the kind that are played on a screen. "The thing that's amazing is how much this has become mainstream culture," Lowder says. "Everybody's watching the Marvel movies and everybody's familiar with The Lord of the Rings , so they understand the tropes and they understand the storytelling." "Playing Dungeons & Dragons, where you're a hero on a quest like Frodo goes on, is not a mystery now to a lot of people, it's not something that's inaccessible," he adds. "They understand Game of Thrones and Walking Dead, so the games appeal to them too." And, with that, bring out your d20 and "roll for initiative:" Kingdomino - This game is for 2-4 players ages 8 and up. You are a monarch trying to expand your kingdom and use domino tiles to do so. "It changes with every turn, and you're building in a five-by-five grid, and then

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  • Task Force Considers Future of DomesTask Force Considers Future of Domes

    The Domes. Photo courtesy of the Park People of Milwaukee. Everything is on the table for the task force charged with envisioning the future of the Mitchell Park Domes. The Domes Task Force, created by the Milwaukee County Board, saw a presentation Tuesday night from an economic and management consultancy that set up the process by which the future of the domes will be determined. The task force has yet to get into the weeds of any potential plan for the domes. But they have a general layout of the process they will undergo. The first step for the task force is creating a vision for the future of the domes. Robert Brais, vice president of of ConsultEcon, Inc., laid out three broadly defined paths forward Tuesday night. They boiled down to (1)improving the current performance of the domes; (2)pursuing aspirational goals for them; or (3)exploring a new use altogether for the domes and the site. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1420576007798-2'); }); And with each general path, there are a multitude of different approaches the county could take. William Lynch, chair of the task force, said he thinks they should aim for three to four scenarios to present to the public at the first public information meeting. But before that, the task force will hold a work session to tailor a vision for the domes and build scenarios around that vision. “It sounds overwhelming, but everything should be on the table,” said John Gurda, a member of the task force and longtime Milwaukee historian. The options for the path forward are many indeed. Even for one possible scenario, like focusing on improving the current performance of the domes, the task force could work to enhance the existing operations through reorganizing governance or a partnership with another institution. Or it could apply targeted investments in greenhouses or energy efficiency or better integration of STEM into the exhibits. Or it could work on a combination of several of those options. And those are just some examples from one possible path. The task force could also look at aspirational goals for the domes, making them a destination conservatory through upgraded “world class” exhibits and new programming, and other changes. This approach could also include a partnership with an organization, like a university or a corporation. Or they could look at demolishing the domes and using the site for a new purpose, or repurposing the domes themselves. Or they could work on an approach that uses ideas from all of these paths. In short, the future for the domes is entirely uncertain at this point, due to the many possible approaches the task force could take. But one thing is certain. The issue of the domes is not divorced from the county budget process, or its politics. Whatever the task force brings to the board will be weighed against what it will do to the immediate county budget, and what it will do to future budgets, said area County Supervisor Jason Haas, a task force member. Saving or losing the domes will require investment by the county, and the task force will have to weigh that when choosing what to present to the county board and county administration. Haas said he’s hoping the task force can come up with a “grand vision” for the domes. Because, “without a really good solid exciting vision… It’d be very difficult to sell keeping the domes open as they are.” The Domes 1234567►

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  • Not Your Grandpa’s ConservatoryNot Your Grandpa’s Conservatory

    McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion, 1584 N. Prospect Ave. Photo by Dave Reid. You might say the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is writing a new score for itself. The new composition is both simple and complex, involving internal changes to keep the conservatory humming combined with external rebranding to help the community better understand how the conservatory has changed. For a prestigious and storied school, that can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. You know the building, even if you were never quite sure what went on in there. It’s a highly visible mansion the size of a dirigible on Prospect Avenue just south of Brady Street. The Conservatory has called the classic McIntosh-Goodrich Mansion, built in 1903, its home for more than 80 years. The historic building contains both the beautiful Helen Bader Recital Hall and the Dorthea Library. But the school had been around for decades before moving to this building. “The conservatory has been in existence for 118 years,” says Adam Shafer, director of development & Marketing for the Conservatory. “We’ve embarked on a rebranding effort we’re looking to begin in the middle of next year into fiscal 2019.” The Conservatory is among the nation’s oldest community-based arts schools. It was founded way back in 1899 by William Boeppler, Hugo Kaun, and Dr. Louis Frank, to provide music education, both amateur and professional. The school has always been a harbinger of musical trends, and was one of the first in America to offer bachelor’s degrees in both guitar and jazz studies. Famous students include the pianist Liberace, actor Gene Wilder. Movie composer Justin Hurwitz, known for the music for La LaLand, was a teenager when he took piano lessons at the conservatory. The Conservatory underwent a rebranding of sorts in 1985 when it switched emphases. Suddenly, it was no longer a degree-granting school and was now a community music school. When you change an image and history, it can take some time for the community to catch on. String Extravaganza concert. Photo by Kara Vonk. “In 2018 we’re looking to build community awareness of just who we are today,” Shafer says. “We’re known as the ‘Mansion on Prospect,’ but most people don’t know who we are. Much of what we do is outside of this building. We serve 17,000 students on a yearly basis.” The Conservatory still faces the common perception that it’s an expensive school for the prestigious and wealthy, a place for sophisticated students and gentrified types who go on to teach or perform “high-brow” music. That perception may have been somewhat accurate decades ago, but hasn’t been for some time. “Our Conservatory connections work with senior centers, daycares, libraries,” Shafer notes. “On a weekly basis we’re contracted for services in 50 schools in Wisconsin. Around 25 are MPS Schools, the rest are choice schools.” Meanwhile they’ve faced their share of budget woes. The organization even looked into selling the mansion, which is on the registry of historic places in Wisconsin. “We did a feasibility study that determined it didn’t make sense,” Shafer says. “There is so much functionality in what we have. We have more than 40 Steinway pianos here, all our administrative offices are here. We have several studios and practice rooms.” A name change, he adds, would be “more affordable” than selling the building as a way to change the image of the conservatory as a haven for high brows. But how does an organization that’s been around for 118 years identify itself with a new name? How do you change without diminishing the conservatory’s history and prestige? “We’ve held focus groups for our rebrand,” Shafer says. “We’re investigating a new logo, taglines for ads. If you have any ideas, let me know,” he joked. “It’s high time we do this. We have to weigh the history of the organization against growth.” Shafer notes the conservatory must be mindful of the school’s image with alumni and donors, and be careful to avoid debasing its history. A tricky task, but “I do think alumni and donors realize the necessity,” he adds. A faculty member working with a student in the Jazz Institute Honors Ensemble Program. Photo by Don Rebar. He says the group has set a vision for its future and how it must change. “We have some barriers in terms of access and affordability. We’re increasing tuition assistance programs for our students, as much as $150,000 dollars annually.” That money goes toward private lessons for students on a financial need basis. “It’s a simple application for the assistance, We just ask the applicants to state a general range of income, the number of kids in the family. We typically cover between 75 and 100 percent of the costs. Average tuition for one student’s lessons is about $1,000.” The conservatory has had to battle to get to this point. “We did a capital campaign in 1999,” Shafer says. “The mansion was falling into disrepair.” In 2002, the school started running a deficit, which continued over the next 15 years. An ever-larger debt accumulated. Then in 2015, the organization became over-leveraged and was forced to lay off some staff. “We started to turn things around when we increased private lessons, put fresh blood into some key positions,” Shafer says. “Since then, we’ve rejuvenated connections with other schools, increased communications and partnerships.” Then the cavalry arrived. In 2015, two donor families initiated a $300,000 matching grant to raise funds for the school. Board members realized they had to deal with the debt issues. Fortunately, the school was able to generate the money to match the grant. The donors consisted mostly of 24 previous board members. A student and her caretaker in an Early Childhood class. Photo by Don Rebar. “As we look for phase two of the rebranding efforts, we need more program support while increasing our presence in the public sphere,” Shafer says. “Raising money for debt is never sexy, but it’s something we were able to do. We’ve got an invested group of volunteers. Now our debt is down to zero. In 2015 we experienced a positive budget. Fiscal 2017 was cash positive and it looks the same for 2018.” Shafer says future success will be ensured by efforts like a long distance learning program. “We’ll be able to reach the smaller communities throughout the state. It’s not always feasible for students to make it down to our fantastic facility in Milwaukee.”

Shafer says the conservatory will be looking to reaching an individual student or class through Facetime, Skype or some other platform. “This is kind of a natural trend,” he says. “It’s all about bridging the gap. We do get some funding from the city, county and state, but those are more grant-based.” He said the school will look into new methods of marketing, investing in social and digital marketing. Meantime, another hero came to the rescue earlier this year. “Barbara Tooman left us a more than $4.5 million dollars,” Shafer says. Tooman was a longtime supporter of the arts and the Conservatory. She passed away in January. Tooman’s gift couldn’t have come at a more fortuitous time for the school, helping it serve a new generation of students. The musical talent of tomorrow, the future Justin Hurwitz or Liberace, could soon be taking classes through the conservatory on Prospect Ave., whatever the new name it chooses.

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  • Guard medics get on-the-job training with Wisconsin BadgersGuard medics get on-the-job training with Wisconsin Badgers

    MADISON, Wis. -- From 1861 until the end of the Civil War in 1865, more than 70,000 Wisconsin troops trained at Camp Randall here in Madison. Today, Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers continue to tr

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  • Boswell Book Company's Top Titles To Gift In 2017 Boswell Book Company's Top Titles To Gift In 2017

    Each year on Lake Effect , we feature dozens of authors and books. But besides those, there are countless others that might be just right for the reader on your holiday list. Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company , stopped by the studio recently to share some of the perfect titles for readers of all ages. "The two books I think are showing up on every best seller list are Lincoln and the Bardow , which follows up George Saunders' huge break out short story collection...and Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward," Goldin says. Lincoln and the Bardow dives into President Abraham Lincoln's life in 1862 when his son is dying. Goldin says the book involves a lot of ghosts, beautiful and somewhat speculative in a sense. "It is mesmerizing and I am shocked by all the people I know who go into it saying I didn't expect to like it - and I love it." Goldin describes Sing, Unburied, Sing as "a beautiful, beautifully written, dense, and a problem for some people to read book

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  • House Confidential: Bucks’ Dellavedova Has Shorewood HomeHouse Confidential: Bucks’ Dellavedova Has Shorewood Home

    Matthew Dellavedova’s Shorewood Home. Photo taken December 7th, 2017 by Michael Horne. Websites abound that feature the “Jaw-Dropping” homes of NBA stars. “Gag-Inducing” is more like it, since there seems to be an affinity for new, shiny and decidedly exurban residences for stars of America’s most urban sport. House Confidential travelled to the Village of River Hills to visit the Range Line Road home built in 1995 and occupied in 2014 by O. J. Mayo, then a Milwaukee Bucks player, finding that “His $1.8 million home mixes all sorts of architectural styles and isn’t visible to passers by. Perhaps just as well.” In 2015, House Confidential visited the vintage 2005 Upper River Road home of then-Buck Michael Carter-Williams, and found its pool, guest house, home theater, wine cellar, heated garage, workshop, and seven and a half bathrooms to be a bit much, and all dying to burst out of their faux-Tudor shell, exploding in every direction onto what was once an inoffensive River Hills prairie. Earlier in 2015 we expressed concerns about the 2001 Town of Grafton home of Jabari Parker and its wet bar, which seemed an inappropriate feature for a residence of a Mormon, and one not of drinking age, at that. Mayo and Carter-Williams are long gone, and Parker redeemed himself this year when he purchased a former power plant in Brewers Hill that he is converting into a stunning urban residence. The Grafton home was mostly for his folks, anyway. We may now add to the extremely short list of NBA players with genuinely attractive homes the name of Parker’s teammate, Matthew Dellavedova. Based on available information, this doubles the league-wide number of those so designated to two. A Lake Drive Beauty “Delly” bought this 1934 brick veneer Tudor Revival lakefront mansion in Shorewood on September 15th, 2016, paying $1,360,000 for it — a $300 discount from the home’s assessed valuation. According to the assessor, the home has a mere 3,884 square feet of finished living area. (The real estate listing says 4,252 square feet, and includes the basement rec room.) Yet within these cramped confines (by NBA standards) one finds 11 rooms, including at least 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and two half-baths. The residence has two washers and two dryers, so Dellavedova should have no excuse for showing up at practice in a soiled uniform. When the star comes home, there is no chance he will traffic Lake Drive’s dirt into his residence on the soles of his Delly 1 Defenders ($160), since the residence has a mud room, “with a heated tile floor and built-in lockers,” as noted in the real estate listing. The mud room is also thoughtfully equipped with a refrigerator, where Mrs. Delly possibly puts Matt’s lunch bag so he can grab it on the way out the door after he puts on his nice warm Delly 1 Defenders in the morning. Oh, yes! There is a Mrs. Delly, the former Anna Schroeder, who met the future star when they attended college together at St. Mary’s. No, not the St. Mary’s College in Victoria, Australia, the state where Dellavedova grew up; nor any of the three St. Mary’s Colleges in Maryland. The couple met in 2009 at St. Mary’s College in Moranga, California, her home state, and have been together ever since. The longevity and apparent stability of their relationship likewise contrasts with the league’s more celebrated, scandalous and short-lived liaisons. The couple married in July, 2017, and now they have a very merry home, judging from the refined and restrained natural evergreen boughs that decorate the residence this holiday season. Bling is not their thing. The Candyman’s Home The residence was built in 1934 for John E. Hunn, (1893-?) who was associated with the Campfire Co., a Milwaukee firm that marketed the Campfire, Snow White and XLN Marshmallow brands to a national audience. Hunn was the first to position the marshmallow as a food and baking product. Previously the treat had been marketed to confectioners and not for home — or campfire use. A 1920 Marshmallow Cookbook was marketing genius, as was a 1926 advertisement in Boy’s Life encouraging camp directors to buy the marshmallows in bulk. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1420576007798-7'); }); Hunn and his wife Inez Hunn (1896-1982) built the home on what had been a vacant lot as late as 1933. Properties along the lake always have sold at a premium, and the original estates, some quite large, were whittled down over the years as smaller lots were created out of grander ones. Sometimes even rich guys need money. This one has 55 feet of frontage along N. Lake Dr., and is 361 feet deep, terminating somewhere down on the beach below, less than a quarter mile from the wreck of the Appomattox, the largest wooden bulk carrier ever built (1896), which perished on a storm off of Atwater Park in 1905. Details of the history of the Hunn house, including such basic matters as the name of the architect, are scant. The home is of stone and brick veneer, with a slate roof and copper flashing and downspouts. These were custom elements even in their day, and even among the finer homes along the lake, many of which were larger and showier, in a pre-NBA way, than this one. Once the Hunns moved into the home in 1935, they stuck around. The first change in ownership came in 1970 — and then only the middle initial of the owner changed, as John E. Hunn and Inez Hunn gave way to John L. and Wanita Hunn, along with their children, among them John Newton Hunn. By 1990 the Hunns had finally cleared out, and we find the residence owned by Curtis J. and Linda Laetz. The home subsequently sold for $600,000 in 1998 and $899,000 in 2012, at which time it underwent significant interior remodeling that still maintained respect for the original. In the words of the Real Estate Poet: Captivating lake views in this fully renovated stone Tudor. Hardwood flooring throughout, natural woodwork and charm. Top of the line appliances, marble countertop, stainless appliances in kitchen w/ custom range hood. Open concept Kitchen/Family Room. … Master suite features luxe master bath with walk in glass shower and dual sink vanity w/ separate makeup table. Great closet space and flowing floorplan. Upstairs 5 other bedrooms and two full baths. Lower level rec room with natural fireplace. STUNNING! About Matthew Dellavedova Now 27, Dellavedova has been a Milwaukee Bucks player since 2016. He was born and raised in Maryborough, Victoria, in Australia, a small town with just 7,174 people. He was the oldest of three children in his family, and is a sixth-generation Italian Australian, whose name initially caused problems for NBA announcers. He played college basketball for Saint Mary’s College of California, where he finished as the all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free throw percentage, and three-point shots. He has played on the Australia national team at the 2012 London Olympics, 2014 World Cup in Spain, and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dellavedova began his NBA career in the 2013-14 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played there three years, winning and NBA championship in 2016. The point guard is known for his defense and his pesky, physical style and has sometimes angered other players and teams; he was was voted the dirtiest player in the NBA by fellow players and coaches in a Los Angeles Times poll. (His fellow Aussie player Andrew Bogut took third.) But Cavaliers’ player seemed to like Dellavedova, as do Bucks teammates, who have lauded him for helping younger players learn the ropes in the NBA. “He ain’t dirty. He just plays hard,” an Eastern Conference assistant coach told Sports Illustrated. “See, guys resent people that play hard because they don’t want to play hard. So if a guy plays hard, he’s dirty. He’s not dirty. He just plays hard.” Which is why teammates value him and opponents dislike him. But the Bucks’ recent acquisition of guard Eric Bledsoe may make Dellavedova dispensable for Milwaukee’s team, one basketball publication has recently speculated. Photos The Rundown Owner: Matthew William Dellavedova Location: Village of Shorewood Neighborhood: If Shorewood had named neighborhoods, this would be Atwater Park Subdivision: Lake Avenue Subdivision Year Built: 1934 Architect: None Found Style: Tudor Revival brick veneer lakefront home with copper gutters, downspouts and slate roof Description: Attractive, well-tended residence is an infill structure on lot likely created from subdivision of William D. Lindsay property located to the north on Lake Drive. Size: 3,884 Square Feet Finished Living Area; Lot size: 19,855 square feet Fireplaces: One brick and one metal, it appears Bedrooms: Depends on how you count. Assessor says 4, real estate listing says 6 Bathrooms: 3 Full, 2 half baths Rec Room: 635 square feet of pleasure in the basement. Assessment: Land: 19,855 square foot lot is valued at $264,700 ($13.33/sq. ft.). Improvements: $1,095,600. Total assessed valuation: $1,360,300. Current owner purchased property 09/15/2016 for $1,360,000 Taxes: $37,302,49. Paid in Full Garbage Collection Route and Schedule: Route 2 (Orange) Tuesdays; Refuse and Recyclables are collected weekly on the same day, depending on route Polling Location: Residents of Ward 5 who are American citizens of legal age vote at the Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Dr. Aldermanic District: Residents of Shorewood are represented by all six members of the Village Board, who are elected at large for three year terms County Supervisory District: District 3rd Sheldon Wasserman Walk Score: 49 out of 100. “Car Dependent” Most errands require a car. However, the site is penalized by its proximity to the lake. A more typical score for the village is the 88 out of 100 “Very Walkable” found at the intersection of N. Oakland Ave. and E. Capitol Dr., seven blocks to the west. City of Milwaukee Average: 62 out of 100 Transit Score: Not Found How Milwaukee Is It? The residence is about 5.0 miles northeast of Milwaukee City Hall Additional Information World War I Photograph Portrait of John E. Hunn, first owner of residence.

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  • Community and Fellowship at Milwaukee's Chant Claire Chamber ChoirCommunity and Fellowship at Milwaukee's Chant Claire Chamber Choir

    Five years ago, Ben Bedroske decided to create a chamber choir for people who don’t always sing in chamber choirs: recent college graduates. Thus the Chant Claire Chamber Choir was born. Now numbering 56, the choir gives its members a chance to keep their performing skills sharp and bond with a group of their peers. This focus on community was one of Bedroske's main motivations in creating the Chant Claire Chamber Choir. When he first came to Milwaukee after graduating from UW-Eau Claire, he had an opportunity to sing with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus (MSC). Although he says his experience with the chorus was amazing, he felt somewhat isolated in the group of more than 100 singers. "What I was looking for was a really precise but robust sound, that also had a really vital community," Bedroske explains. "The MSC does great music - phenomenal music. But it's so large that I felt as a newcomer that there was a community there - clearly a lot of friends, a lot of people who had very

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  • 'The Gift of Travel': One Option For This Holiday Season'The Gift of Travel': One Option For This Holiday Season

    Gift-giving is a central theme of the holidays. But there are options other than cell phones, game consoles, jewelry or even those cars with the big bow on in commercials. We're talking about giving a gift that involves spending time with family or friends. Andrea Khan is chief travel officer for the website, The Family Backpack , and a proponent of what she calls “the gift of travel.” That's the basis of her advice for parents this time of year. "As we're getting into the holiday season, think about giving your kids a trip somewhere, whether that's a weekend away or a week-long trip instead of toys or other gifts," she says. Khan says that traveling benefits both parents and children. "It's a rewarding moment as a parent when you're helping to teach your kids, whether you're traveling to a foreign country and teaching them how to say 'please' or 'thank you' in a foreign language, or you're teaching them about the history of the United States because you're standing on the Gettysburg,

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  • Blogger credited for helping solve 37-year-old cold case murderBlogger credited for helping solve 37-year-old cold case murder

    Police opened up cold case after interested was gained in the death of a 14-year-old girl

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  • 'Rudolph' stage musical aims for look, sound of beloved TV special'Rudolph' stage musical aims for look, sound of beloved TV special

    Then there's Rudolph, a reindeer whose red nose made him, in the words of Yukon Cornelius, a misfit among misfits. Nevertheless, the affable reindeer overcame his peer's taunts to rescue Christmas from a blizzard in the 1964 holiday special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

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  • More Questions than Answers as Milwaukee Prepares for UW System MergerMore Questions than Answers as Milwaukee Prepares for UW System Merger

    Transition leaders encouraged UW-Milwaukee faculty, staff, students and community members to attend Tuesday's listening session, the first of two that will be held to answer questions about the UW System mergers. With change comes uncertainty -- and uncertain is exactly the vibe on UW-Milwaukee's campus, as faculty, staff and students begin to learn more about the future of their school.

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  • Holiday Harp Concert at Irish Heritage Center Showcases Unique, Traditional InstrumentsHoliday Harp Concert at Irish Heritage Center Showcases Unique, Traditional Instruments

    Milwaukee's Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is hosting internationally acclaimed harpist Kim Robertson for its Holiday Harp concert . The Wisconsin native is joined on stage by a number of local musical friends, including mutli-instrumentalist Brett Lipshutz. Lipshutz is a member of Myserk, a band which focuses on the Celtic tradition in Brittany, and he showcased his whistle playing in a performance with Robertson for Lake Effect . While the whistle and the harp are part of the grand tradition of Irish music, both Robertson and Lipschutz feel these instruments tend to be under represented. Robertson says of the harp, "It's always been a fringe instrument and I would say still is. A lot of the festivals the harps are over near the port-o-potties, between the dumpsters and the hot dog stand... To be fair, I mean, I don't take insult with it because it's a more quiet instrument. It's not something you're going to put at a main stage." Although the whistle is more commonly found in

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  • 'Forget the Gentler Sex': Female Warriors Throughout History'Forget the Gentler Sex': Female Warriors Throughout History

    Most talk about weapons today involves firearms. But one Milwaukee museum curator wanted to examine how our weaponry even evolved to firearms. Through exploring humans and their behavior, Milwaukee Public Museum Anthropology Collections Curator Dawn Scher Thomae sees the weapon as a tool that has evolved over thousands of years to solve a problem. The exhibit, Weapons Beyond the Blade , displays over 150 pieces of weaponry from over 50 countries over 10,000 years. But Scher Thomae says she wanted to not only broaden the conversation about weapons, but about warriors as well. "When I started working on this exhibit, I really wasn't thinking about gender," she notes. "But as we were exploring the different weapons in the collection, we were finding men and women used the weapons - and I think that's also story that people are not familiar with." Scher Thomae will talk this Friday at the Milwaukee Public Museum about female warriors throughout history - examining those who took up arms to

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  • Elf on the Shelf named “Mic” pays FOX6 a visitElf on the Shelf named “Mic” pays FOX6 a visit

    MILWAUKEE — A long ride in from the North Pole, Elf on the Shelf  found his way to FOX6 to take control. Here to cause mischief and mayhem — we just don’t know — follow along with us to see a daily photo! With 12 days till Christmas, “Mic” (pronounced Mike) made his arrival on Wednesday, December 13th. FOX6 Elf on the Shelf December 14th: Caught LIVE in the newsroom! FOX6 Elf on a Shelf Friday, December 15th: A super-sized Jenga set…no problem! FOX6 Elf on the Shelf Saturdays are for selfies! FOX6 Elf on the Shelf Sunday, December 17th: Have to put on your Packers gear for Packers Sunday! Where is YOUR elf hiding out today? We’d love to see! SUBMIT YOUR ELF PHOTOS by clicking the button just below. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment

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  • Latest state budget spending departs from recent trends, report findsLatest state budget spending departs from recent trends, report finds

    According to the report, the 2017-19 budget features increases in spending on K-12 education and a $233 million spending imbalance. WTA research director Dale Knapp said even though the budget's spending imbalance is unusual, it will not have long-term effects.

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  • Wisconsin DNR seeking public comment on their proposal to close its gypsy moth suppression programWisconsin DNR seeking public comment on their proposal to close its gypsy moth suppression program

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a proposal to close its successful gypsy moth suppression program due to diminishing need through a proposed change to rule NR 47.910 . Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the DNR service centers in Fitchburg, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Eau Claire.

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  • The Art of Foreign Policy: Jerusalem, Political Rumor Mill, North Korean ThreatsThe Art of Foreign Policy: Jerusalem, Political Rumor Mill, North Korean Threats

    A pro-Islamic State group sought to tie a bomb explosion in New York City to last week’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement from the Trump Administration set off protests around the globe, many targeting U.S. embassies in Muslim-majority nations. So far, no other country has joined the United States in its decision, which was later countered by a European Union statement that the nations in the EU would not follow suit. Foreign policy contributor Art Cyr says this decision is a major move by the Trump Administration, and one he hopes they will use as a bargaining chip when dealing with Israel. Cyr says, "There are things we can get after the fact, as well. It's a major move by the U.S. It's a 'big chip,' as we might say if we were in one of the president's casinos, and I do hope we press to get something significant." As that situation continues to develop, rumors are once again swirling around Secretary of State Rex

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  • 'It's Settling, It's Calming, It's Science': The Breath 'It's Settling, It's Calming, It's Science': The Breath

    At UW-Milwaukee, one unusual class being offered in during the spring semester is called “The Art of Being Still” - a course that many of us could use. The course is being taught by Erin Maris , who owns the E2 fitness facility in Mequon and who teaches a variety of mind-body classes. But even if you're not a future student of Maris', she wants you to take a brief self-assessment: Have you taken a deep breath today? "I would say that everybody needs to take a moment to find something that reconnects them to themselves, and the breath is the quickest way there," she says. Breathing is a 24/7 function that most people don't often think about, but when we breathe consciously or with intention, Maris says, "our body does something miraculous." "(Breathing) creates a chemical reaction - nitrous oxide - and that goes straight into the brain and it tells the system, 'Hey, everything's ok,'" she explains. "(When) we're not in touch with our breath...we're denying ourselves the nutrition and

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  • Zepnick fires back after Assembly action following sexual misconduct allegationZepnick fires back after Assembly action following sexual misconduct allegation

    Two women have accused Rep. Josh Zepnick of kissing them at a 2011 candidate party and at the 2015 state Democratic convention. Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz has called for Zepnick to resign but Zepnick has refused.

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  • 5 gross things that happen when you don't change your toothbrush5 gross things that happen when you don't change your toothbrush

    When was the last time you switched your toothbrush out?

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  • Biracial boy allegedly hanged by group of teens gets big birthday surpriseBiracial boy allegedly hanged by group of teens gets big birthday surprise

    Last month, Quincy's family said a group of teenagers nearly hanged him in what they're calling a racially motivated crime.

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