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2008-07-17 03:00:21

By Larry Sandler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 17--A proposed $20-a-year local vehicle registration fee passed its first hurdle Wednesday, winning the endorsement of a Milwaukee Common Council committee. The council's Public Works Committee voted 4-1 to recommend adoption of the so-called wheel tax, which would be imposed on more than 330,000 cars and light trucks kept in the city. If approved by the full council later this month, the fee would raise $6.6 million a year for street...

2008-07-17 03:00:21

By Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 17--Two separate studies released Wednesday reveal a dim reality for both the ecological health of the Great Lakes and the businesses that rely upon them. The economic toll of the 57 invasive species that oceangoing ships have dumped into the lakes since the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 are costing the United States alone about $200 million annually, or $2 billion per decade. That number, released by federally funded researchers at the...

2008-07-16 18:00:41

By Lawrence Sussman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 16--Former State Rep. Curt Gielow (R-Mequon) today was named as the executive dean and assistant professor of pharmacy practice for Concordia University's planned School of Pharmacy, which is scheduled to begin classes in the 2010-2011 academic year. Gielow, 63, who began his career as a pharmacist, will be in charge of the Pharmacy School's external relations and funding development, according to a statement from the university. He...

2008-07-16 18:00:19

By Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 16--The Dark Knight has descended on Wisconsin. Advance ticket sales for "The Dark Knight," the latest film in the Batman franchise, have been booming in the Milwaukee area, theater companies say. Critical buzz for the film, which opens just after midnight Thursday, has grown for weeks. Larry Widen, owner of the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse in Wauwatosa, said he started selling tickets for his 165-seat theater, as soon as he received...

2008-07-16 09:01:03

MILWAUKEE, Wis. _ A flame retardant that was taken out of children's pajamas more than 30 years ago after it was found to cause cancer is being used with increasing regularity in furniture, paint, even baby carriers and bassinets _ and manufacturers are under no obligation to let the public know about it. The chemical, known as chlorinated Tris, one of the three most commonly used flame retardants, is considered harmful by several international and national health and regulatory agencies,...

2008-07-16 03:00:36

By Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 16--OSHKOSH -- EAA AirVenture visitors who use the air traffic control tower to get their bearings on the sprawling grounds will soon have another landmark to use. Federal Aviation Administration officials on Tuesday unveiled the new tower at Wittman Regional Airport. At 141 feet, it's more than twice as high as the old tower, which has been used since the early 1960s. The new tower, which cost about $6.4 million, will provide better...

2008-07-16 03:00:35

By Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 16--Although paleoanthropologists will undoubtedly find evidence someday that mean girls are as old as girlhood itself, the MG -- unlike her mother, the stereotypical shrew -- is a relative newcomer to literature, film and other media. As literary critic Jessa Crispin notes, before the 20th century, what girls said or did to one another was of little interest to anyone but the girls themselves. When they were portrayed at all -- think...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

By Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 16--Trash from Wisconsin started piling on Michigan beaches Monday. Officials in Manistee, Mich., had to close public beaches that were strewn with plastic wristbands used to sell beer at outdoor festivals, pill bottles and plastic needle covers. The trash is scattered across 10 miles of the lakeshore, Coast Guard officials said. Some of it included labels with names of Wisconsin companies and addresses of Wisconsin residents. On...

2008-07-15 18:00:31

By Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 15--OSHKOSH -- EAA AirVenture visitors who use the air traffic control tower to get their bearings on the sprawling grounds will soon have another landmark to use. Federal Aviation Administration officials this morning unveiled the new tower at Wittman Regional Airport. At 141 feet, the new tower is more than twice as high as the old tower, which has been used since the early 1960s. The new tower, which cost about $6.4 million, will...

2008-07-15 03:00:28

By Joel Dresang and Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 15--After missing out twice before, a northern Wisconsin biofuels project got word Monday that it will receive federal funding, which one expert called historic for the state's emerging renewable energy industry. The U.S. Department of Energy said it would provide up to $30 million for the $84 million biorefinery proposed at the Flambeau River Papers mill in Park Falls. Executives for Flambeau River BioFuels said...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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