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2008-07-08 21:00:28

By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 8--Tight world oil markets mean regular unleaded gasoline will remain "well above" $4 per gallon for the remainder of the year, and gas will cost nearly $4 a gallon on average next year, the U.S. Energy Department said today. "For the remainder of 2008, pump prices are projected to remain well above $4 per gallon," the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Energy Department, said in a monthly report, the...

2008-07-08 03:00:26

By Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 8--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will begin disclosing the estimated cost of 39 common medical procedures and tests in southeastern Wisconsin this month. The information will be available on the health insurer's Web site for people in its largest health plan. It will include such procedures and tests as mammography, colonoscopy, an MRI of the spine and knee replacement surgery. "This is the beginning of creating a marketplace," said...

2008-07-08 03:00:22

By Dani McClain, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 8--Anne Kasdorf was fed up with the "your mama" jokes and the name calling. So when the teacher at Gaenslen Elementary School, 1250 E. Burleigh St., got an e-mail last school year inviting her to pilot an Internet-based anti-bullying curriculum, Kasdorf jumped at the chance. "I knew with it being online, the kids would get really into it," she said. "And they did." The state Department of Public Instruction and the Children's Health...

2008-07-08 03:00:13

By Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 8--Twenty-five agriculture and consumer groups, including three based in Wisconsin, have asked the U.S. Senate for immediate public hearings and oversight of the nation's largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America. The groups, represented by the National Family Farm Coalition, allege the cooperative has engaged in predatory business practices that have led to the demise of thousands of farms and an increasingly consolidated dairy...

2008-07-07 03:00:30

By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 7--Consumers should expect energy price sticker shock to continue well past the summer driving season, as pain at the pump is poised to give way to furnace frustration next winter. The price of gasoline, above $4 for the past month, is on people's minds -- and it's visible at nearly every major intersection. But another energy jolt may be coming as the price of natural gas, the primary fuel used to heat Wisconsin homes, is at historic...

2008-07-06 15:00:18

Summerfest is often called the world's greatest music festival. But let's not forget that spirited festival-goers often turn it into the world's greatest outdoor dance party. What better way is there to celebrate the final day of this year's festival than a little twist and shout in honor of the Big Gig? Watch some of this year's attendees shake it, shake it, shake it. JSOnline.com Watch the video at www.jsonline.com/summerfest. Copyright 2008, Journal Sentinel Inc. All rights...

2008-07-06 03:00:00

By Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 6--Between the 1920s and the 1990s, the makers of what are rather primly called "feminine hygiene products" released a blizzard of booklets for the American girl. The titles were discreet, if not downright puzzling. "Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday.""Growing Up and Liking It.""From One Girl to Another.""Very Personally Yours." No one published more of these pamphlets, which carefully blended education and product promotion, than...

2008-07-06 03:00:00

By Damien Jaques, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 6--Nationwide economic swoons are especially scary for arts groups. They exist on the razor's edge in the best of times, and they collectively hold their breath when their customers' discretionary incomes contract. Will our not-for-profit performance companies be seriously wounded by global and national economic conditions that have nothing to do with artistic excellence and programming prowess? I was almost afraid to pick up the phone...

2008-07-05 03:00:15

By Dave Tianen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 5--The Jonas Brothers are coming at you from all angles. They're on TV, in book stores, on magazine racks, on the radio, in music stores -- and on Sunday night, they'll close Summerfest 2008 at the Marcus Amphitheater. The three Jonas boys from New Jersey -- Kevin, 20, Joe, 18, and Nick , 15 -- are the biggest thing in 13-year-old fantasy since the 'N Sync/Backstreet Boys tidal wave of a decade ago. They haven't quite hit the "playing...

2008-07-04 03:00:22

By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 4--We Energies customers will see their third increase in electricity prices since the start of the year, after state regulators on Thursday authorized a boost linked to soaring natural gas prices. The state Public Service Commission agreed to raise rates because of the rising price of natural gas and the rising price of diesel fuel used by trains bringing coal to Wisconsin from Wyoming. Rising natural gas costs for the rest of the...


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