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2008-07-23 03:00:41

By Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 23--A newly formed group is starting up a new annual international film festival in Milwaukee. The group, Milwaukee Film, announced Tuesday that it will hold a series of events and screenings this fall, and promised to hold a film festival in 2009. These efforts will likely supplant the Milwaukee International Film Festival, which was founded in 2002 but foundered this year after a dispute over funding and financing. The new...

2008-07-23 03:00:32

By Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 23--Midwest Airlines customer Dennis Stevenson, following the carrier's advice, hit the company's Web site Monday to request a refund for a canceled flight. Unfortunately, Stevenson's mouse click yielded only an error message, forcing him to call Midwest's reservations center, which has been swamped with calls after the airline announced service cuts on Sunday. As of mid-morning Tuesday, Stevenson had been calling every 30 minutes since 5...

2008-07-22 21:00:24

By Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 22--Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram today ordered a Milwaukee contractor to pay $215,000 for violating state environmental laws while working on a bluff stabilization project along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Mequon. Anton J. Matuszczak and the company he owns, Shoreline Contracting Services Inc., will pay $75,000 in penalties and forfeit a $140,000 letter of credit originally provided as a condition for obtaining a state permit...

2008-07-22 18:00:30

By Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 22--The federal government has given Milwaukee $1.3 million to evaluate and clean up environmentally contaminated properties, Mayor Tom Barrett said today. The money comes from five grants from the Environmental Protection Agency: - $200,000 to clean up 2227 N. 31st St., a site in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor; - $200,000 to clean up 522 W. North Ave. in the Bronzeville Cultural & Entertainment District; - $200,000 to...

2008-07-22 03:00:23

By Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 22--Ensemble Musical Offering, Joan Parsley's period-instrument group, has in recent seasons focused on the most intimate of venues, the private home -- especially Parsley's own Wauwatosa residence. EMO will be home for the holidays in 2008, but otherwise is moving out to more public, but still intimate, spaces in the coming season. The ensemble will make its first live radio broadcast next season and will launch its two-year "Vivaldi...

2008-07-21 15:00:53

By Amy Hetzner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 21--Believe it or not, walking the halls of local high schools this summer are students not forced to make up courses they flunked in the spring, but ones who maybe -- just maybe -- want to be there. And not just because they want to learn how to drive. They're taking classes so they can have more time for elective offerings and Advanced Placement classes during the regular school year, or maybe pick up an internship, or even graduate...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

By Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 21--Floodwaters that chewed through Lake Delton's shoreline next to a dam last month took all the lake's water, five homes and the lake's tourism economy downstream. Crews and engineers will start repairs to the lake's dam today designed to prevent a repeat of the natural disaster, businessman and village trustee Tom Diehl said. Workers are also gearing up for repairs to Highway A and the village board is working to get back into the...

2008-07-21 03:00:37

By Erica Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 21--Fewer students are graduating from Milwaukee Area Technical College's practical nursing program at a time when nurses are in high demand. The state Board of Nursing placed the technical college's practical nursing program on probation a year ago because too few graduates were passing the national licensure exam, a requirement to become a licensed practical nurse. Administrators in the MATC program have since toughened their standards,...

2008-07-21 03:00:30

By Nick Halter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 21--For the regulars whose future travel plans will be unaffected by the flight cuts in Midwest Airlines' fall schedule, Sunday was business as usual at Mitchell International Airport. But loyal travelers who found that their favorite destinations have been cut or rerouted face tough decisions. Lisa Sattell of Bayside flies Midwest eight to 10 times a year. Three or four of those trips are non-stop flights to Seattle to visit her daughter...

2008-07-20 03:00:38

By Amy Hetzner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 20--Schools in Milwaukee and three suburban districts will share a state grant to help teach their growing immigrant communities, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Friday. Milwaukee Public Schools is the largest recipient of the grant money, which is allocated through a competitive program under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The district is scheduled to receive nearly $144,000 of the $868,316 pot. The...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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