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Photo Essay: Everything is Awesome!

The images are from the award-winning LEGO KidsFest, which returned to Milwaukee from October 7 through October 9, and attracted thousands of visitors of all ages who enjoyed the toy’s brick-tastic fun.

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Video: Not defined by an impairment

The most difficult experience of growing up blind was not the inability to see, for Cheryl Orgas it was dealing with the stereotypes other people had about blindness and what she could accomplish. As a wife, mother, and director of a nonprofit that provides alternative ways for people with print disabilities to read, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome physical challenges and celebrate their uniqueness.

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Mayor Barrett’s 2017 Executive Budget Address

| Mayor Tom Barrett We must ensure that jobs created by City work benefit people who live in the city. | Full text of Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget speech: Thank you Mr. President, members of the Council, City Attorney Langley, Comptroller Matson, Treasurer Coggs, members of the cabinet and members of the public. It is a pleasure to be here this morning as I present my 2017 Executive Budget. We all know Milwaukee aces big challenges and at the same time, is asked to tackle these challenges with significant limitations. We have neighborhoods where private sector development is booming....

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Op Ed: The curious case of Hector Colon

Inside the Milwaukee County Courthouse, the public could feel the temperature rise as tensions flared on September 23. “Under Hector Colon’s leadership, Milwaukee County has reduced chronic homelessness by 70%, has converted a $14.8M budget deficit to a $17.4M budget surplus, and created over 400 new supportive housing units for our community’s most vulnerable. I was proud to put my full support behind Hector Colon’s reappointment. While the originally proposed appointment of a 4-year term was not a possibility, I am proud of my colleagues on the County Board for working together, recognizing the importance of retaining Hector Colon,...

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Video: The Color Orange

Artist Adam Stoner talks about his mural for the Black Cat Alley project, and its focused on mass incarceration to bring awareness and discussion about how it affects the lives and spiritual connections of everyone involved.

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Audio: Eric Von interview with LeRoy Butler

Eric Von gave a recording of this session to the Milwaukee Independent, and as his last interview in the Essential Voices series it is published here as a tribute to a great man and colleague. His voice, perspective, and efforts to improve Milwaukee will be missed but not forgotten. The July edition of Essential Voices with Eric Von was produced on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. It was an engaging conversation with Green Bay Packers Legend LeRoy Butler, a football great and humanitarian. Produced By© Link The Milwaukee Independent Original © copyright: the Milwaukee Independent. Subscribe to our soundcloud channel for more...

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