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2008-09-20 15:00:39

By ALAN J. BORSUK It was 7:10 a.m. and the line of children and parents stretched across the gym at the Academy of Accelerated Learning, through the lobby and then down a long corridor of classrooms. Hundreds of people, families sharing a special time together, united by two things: School and pancakes. Oh, and one more thing: third Friday. The pancake breakfast is a tradition at the southwest side elementary school in Milwaukee Public Schools. "There's something special about...

2008-09-19 15:00:48

By LEE BERGQUIST Gov. Jim Doyle said Thursday that five Milwaukee companies, including Johnson Controls, will receive grants and loans totaling $1.7 million from the state's new Wisconsin Energy Independence Fund. The new fund is intended to spur innovations by Wisconsin companies to help reduce dependence on foreign oil and to advance renewable energy initiatives. In the first year of the fund, officials said, Wisconsin companies will receive $7.3 million in grants and loans, which...

2008-09-19 15:00:27

By DIANA MARRERO Washington --- The House approved a measure Thursday that could help clean up pollution in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Legacy Act, passed 371-20, authorizes $150 million a year for cleanup efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency. "The greatest resource we have in Milwaukee is in fact Lake Michigan," said Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee). "We have a great deal at stake in this." But she also noted that the bill itself would not allocate any additional money....

2008-09-17 15:00:00

By ERNST-ULRICH FRANZEN Chicago politicians were quick to jump on Milwaukee when heavy rains in May 2004 led to the discharge of 1.7 billion gallons of partially treated sewage into Lake Michigan. Chicago officials again blamed Milwaukee for beach closings in the land of Lincoln. U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) dubbed the discharge "cheesehead sewer water," and Mayor Richard Daley said, "It's going to float down here." Now whose sewer water is it? Over the weekend, deluged with rain, Chicago...

2008-09-12 15:00:19

By DUANE DUDEK "Song Sung Blue," the award-winning documentary about Lightning and Thunder, the Milwaukee-based singing duo who impersonated Neil Diamond and Patsy Cline, will finally get its Milwaukee premiere. Milwaukee Film, the group preparing a new film festival in Milwaukee for 2009, will present the film Nov. 6 at the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave. Information on tickets will be forthcoming. "Song Sung Blue," by Philadelphia-based filmmaker Greg Kohs, won the Grand Jury and...

2008-09-05 15:00:18

By DUANE DUDEK The new Film Milwaukee festival is not the only such area gathering planned for next year. First up is the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, April 2 through 5. And that festival is inviting narrative, documentary, experimental and animated film and video entries in three categories: Wisconsin's Own, Wisconsin's student shorts and Open Reel, which is open to all. The deadlines for the Wisconsin's Own and Open Real categories is Dec. 1; the deadline for the student...

2008-09-04 15:00:22

The 21st Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival opens at 7:30 tonight with "Were the World Mine," a 2008 film about a boys' high school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave. Admission to the opening-night film is $15. The rest of the films in the festival can be seen at UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. The 11-day Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival features an eclectic mix of narrative films, documentaries, experimental works and...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

By Sean Ryan Unless something unexpected crops up, New Berlin's application to buy Lake Michigan water should gain state approval. "I'm certainly not aware of any new problematic issues," said Todd Ambs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water Division administrator. "But we'll do what they call our due diligence." The DNR last year reviewed a preliminary application about New Berlin's plan to buy an additional 3.6 million gallons of water from Milwaukee a day and found no...

2008-08-30 15:00:18

By MIKE JOHNSON Wisconsin's population has grown by 311,285 since the 2000 U.S. Census, with big increases in residents occurring in Dane and Waukesha counties, according to new state estimates. The state's population was 5,675,000 as of Jan. 1, up 5.8% from 5,363,715 in 2000, preliminary figures compiled by the Department of Administration show. Most of the gain -- 187,300 -- is attributable to births outpacing deaths in the state, the department said. The remaining almost 124,000...

2008-08-29 15:00:41

By RICK BARRETT Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc. is buying a Chinese company for $22 million. Joy said its subsidiary, China Mining Machinery, is acquiring all outstanding shares of Wuxi Shengda, which employs about 450 in its facility in Wuxi, China. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter of the year, subject to regulatory approvals, Joy said. "The acquisition of Wuxi Shengda provides us with a foothold in the China market for domestic equipment and will allow...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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