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Jeff Spitzer-Resnick: Baraboo School decision exposes First Amendment hypocrisy

“I am the boy captured in the photo to the far right. The photo was taken during our Junior Prom Photos. I clearly am uncomfortable with what was happening. I couldn’t leave the photo as it was taken within 5 seconds. The photographer took the photos telling us to “The Sign.” I knew what my morals were and it was not to salute something I firmly didn’t believe in. I attend BHS, these classmates have bullied me since entering middle school. I have struggled with it my entire life and nothing has changed. These are the boys of the...

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Five tips for helping Milwaukee’s homeless this winter

As winter approaches and the temperature continues to drop, there are hundreds of people in Milwaukee living on the streets who will begin to feel the effects and suffer. Many want to help, especially around the holidays, but it can be daunting to know how to get assist them, and how to actually be effective. While estimates vary, experts place the number of homeless in the United States somewhere near 550,000; a number that rose slightly in recently published findings. More exact figures are tough to come by as there tend to be the more permanent homeless – often...

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Lessons from Milwaukee were formative for sailors experiencing Navy life overseas

Graduates from Marquette High School and Ronald Reagan College Prep have been serving in the United States Navy, and credit their hometown and education as factors for their current success. Lieutenant commander Adam Wagler is serving with the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on the island of Guam. Petty Officer 2nd Class Davante Carter is an air traffic controller serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, a floating airport at sea. Wagler is a MH60 pilot serving with HSC 25, known as the “Island Knights,” a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a...

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Jeremy Tardy reflects on First Stage roots and Milwaukee inspirations for “Dear White People”

Jeremy Tardy, First Stage alum and professional actor/director, recently returned home to Milwaukee from his current home on the West Coast for a visit with his family, First Stage family, and former teachers and friends. His homecoming was filled with moments of nostalgia, laughter and joy. During a sit-down conversation with Artistic Director Jeff Frank, Tardy reflected on his experience at First Stage during his youth. “I’ve had the privilege of being part of several Mainstage and Young Company productions at First Stage,” Tardy said. “I’ve even had the pleasure of being able to teach at the Academy.” Since...

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The reality of Milwaukee’s #MeToo era and the long path to recovery

I’ve never been accused of being at a loss for words. I deal in words for a living. But over the last week, I have found myself at a loss for what to say in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As more women have come forward, as we listened to every painful moment of testimony, as the news commentators and even our President have called these women — and any women who have defended them — liars, manipulators, attention-seekers, and con artists… I just… friends, I just can’t. I have trouble...

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Main ingredient of Monsanto’s heavily used herbicide found in popular breakfast cereals

A number of popular breakfast foods, including cereals, granola bars and instant oats, were tested and found to contain potentially dangerous amounts of cancer-linked glyphosate, the main ingredient in weed killer. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental advocacy organization that conducted the study, said Wednesday that glyphosate was found in all but five of 29 oat-based foods that were tested. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide in the United States. Every year, according to the EWG, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate is sprayed on American crops. The World Health...

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