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2008-07-01 03:00:24

By Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 1--Watching the first episode of Brenda Hampton's new family drama makes it clearer than ever why her previous one, the 1996-2007 "7th Heaven," ran for so long on the WB and CW networks. The characters are glib and funny -- Anne (Molly Ringwald) calls her 15-year-old daughter Amy's (Shailene Woodley, "The O.C.") tyrannical high school band director "that Kim Jong-Il wannabe" -- but loving, vulnerable and believably conflicted in their...

2008-07-01 03:00:24

By Dave Tianen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 1--If you were to pick one summer tour as a bellwether of the future of country music, it would be difficult to top the duo of Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift, Summerfest's down-home, one-two punch for Monday night. Assembled from the pieces of Chely Wright's backup band, Rascal Flatts has steadily built momentum in the new century, and "Me and My Gang," from 2006 was the year's second-biggest album, right behind "High School Musical."...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

By Darryl Enriquez and Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 1--TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC -- The state Department of Natural Resources wants to expand its boat launch on Okauchee Lake, but the local lake association and a well-known restaurant owner are questioning the project as a wasteful spending of $1 million. The dispute underscores the problems the DNR encounters when it tries to improve public access to some of Wisconsin's busiest waterways. "I think it is excessive and...

2008-07-01 03:00:13

By Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 1--Even with heavy rains and flooding this year, many Wisconsin farms will have corn that's knee high by the Fourth of July, according to a statewide crop report released Monday. But some fields had total losses, and others still have short, damaged plants. Overall, the losses could add up to tens of millions of dollars in some counties, according to University of Wisconsin Extension agricultural extension agents. Instead of cashing in...

2008-06-30 03:01:05

By Kawanza Newson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 30--When James Casper began caring for pediatric leukemia patients in the 1970s, it was routine to give radiation to the head and spine to treat the blood cancer. But challenges to conventional thinking and a better understanding of cancer biology have enabled researchers to tailor treatments to fit specific patient needs. Now, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin oncologist has myriad drugs to help fight the disease that he chooses...

2008-06-26 03:00:00

By Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 26--Midwest Airlines plans to cut its fleet by nearly half, lay off hundreds of employees and negotiate pay cuts of up to 65% from union pilots and flight attendants to avoid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, union officials said Wednesday. Those moves, including service reductions from Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport, are in the works as Midwest executives work to create a restructuring plan within 30 days -- racing to get a plan...

2008-06-26 03:00:00

By Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 26--As the son of one Tomahawk paper mill worker and the grandson of another -- not to mention a know-it-all college student -- Jay Leggett came in for more than his share of peer abuse when he did time at the same mill as a summer temp. "I got sent on a 20-minute walk once for a 'Number 9 board stretcher,' " the Tomahawk native recalls ruefully. "I was pretty sure there was no such thing, but I sort of had to go anyway." Show...

2008-06-26 03:02:23

By Dave Tianen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 26--He is the Sunshine of our Gig. Twenty years after his last Summerfest concert, Stevie Wonder is returning in a big way: to open the festival with a headlining show at the Marcus Amphitheater. Tonight's concert is part of an artistic reawakening for the R&B and pop icon. An American tour last summer was his first road trip in 12 years. This year there are tours both in the States and Europe. "A Time to Love" in 2005 was his...

2008-06-26 03:00:00

By Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 26--Don't miss "Triptych," which opened last weekend at the Kenilworth Building East, the massive lower east side outpost of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Choreographer Luc Vanier, composer Christopher Burns and visual artist Leslie Vansen, all UWM faculty members, collaborated on the show, which will run again Friday and Saturday. You start in a sixth-floor hallway, with a few minutes to examine Vansen's...

2008-06-25 03:02:49

By Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 25--Rogers Memorial Hospital has completed an addition to its behavioral health hospital in West Allis. The nonprofit behavioral health system, which also has a roughly 50-acre campus in Oconomowoc, has grown rapidly since opening the hospital in 2000 and now treats more than 150 patients on a typical day, said Kambiz Pahlavan, the hospital's chief medical officer. That includes about 60 inpatients and more than 100 patients who receive...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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