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Red Cross calls for donors as winter adds to blood shortage

Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage. Since December 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he...

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Planned Parenthood advocates join Women’s March

“We won’t back down, we won’t be silenced, and we will stand in solidarity with our partners for protection of our rights, our safety and our health.” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAWI) participated with Milwaukee partners in the Women’s March on Madison that was held on January 21. The march was organized by community activists and supported by a diverse group of organizations like Planned Parenthood. It was one of hundreds of women’s marches that took place across the country, to send a clear message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the...

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O’Hear goes ‘On the Issues’ to discuss mass іncаrcеrаtіоn

Michael O’Hear, a Marquette Law School professor and author of a new book that examines mass іncаrcеrаtіоn, will be the featured guest in an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” on January 26. O’Hear is a nationally recognized authority on criminal punishment. His book, Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Іncаrcеrаtіоn Happened Anyway, was released on January 17 and examines the explosion in the state’s prison population. Since the 1970s, Wisconsin’s sentencing system has become unusually judge-dominated. Over the same time period, Wisconsin’s prison population has risen dramatically, even by comparison...

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$10m challenge issued for new Marquette residence hall

Marquette University alumni Ray and Kay Eckstein have issued a $10 million challenge toward the construction of the university’s new residence hall facility. The Ecksteins have challenged the university to raise $10 million; once the challenge is met, the Ecksteins will match the $10 million and the overall complex will be named for longtime Marquette President Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., in appreciation and honor of his exceptional service and dedication to the university. This marks the third significant gift the alumni couple have made to Marquette. The Ecksteins in 2007 made a landmark $51 million gift toward Eckstein...

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Op Ed: History tells us what may happen next

“We need to find a way to bridge from our closed groups to other closed groups, try to cross the ever widening social divides. We need to avoid our own echo chambers. We need to beware not to become divided, we need to avoid getting lost in arguing through facts and logic, and counter the populist messages of passion and anger with our own similar messages. We need to understand and use social media. We need to harness a different fear. Fear of another World War nearly stopped World War 2, but didn’t.” – Tobias Stone It seems we’re...

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First Stage rekindles childhood memories of Bronzeville

“Come where the grown folk work and the children play; Welcome to Bronzeville, U.S.A!” — From the song “Welcome to Bronzeville” As playwright, director, and actor, Sheri Williams Pannell delivers a new dramatic opus for First Stage, performing at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater from January 13 to February 5. Her work invites the audience to take a stroll down Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee and see the juxtaposition of past and the present. On display is the renaissance of a neighborhood that features the modern King Drive Commons Apartments and Business Center, a brand new Pete’s Market and...

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