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Menomonee Valley prepares for next phase of development

Published Tuesday, March 3

Draped across a table in the center of a room at Zimmerman Architectural Studios was a huge aerial view map of the Menomonee Valley. Evidence of the development that has occurred since the original plan for the valley was unveiled in 1998 was everywhere. But, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, there are still 100 acres of undeveloped land in the valley waiting to be used.

I got dibs on that parking spot. Yeah, dibs, you turkey Image

I got dibs on that parking spot. Yeah, dibs, you turkey

Published Tuesday, March 3

This latest snow fall made me realize something. I've never called dibs here. I'm not alone. I don't see any Milwaukeeans shoveling out angled parking spots or street parking spots and calling dibs on their handiwork. You know, "dibs." See, this is a real thing that real people do - specifically 90 miles south of us in Chicago. And it's serious business.

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Finding the truth in war stories

Published Tuesday, March 3

This column begins with your periodic reminder that In Real Life, I teach high school English. I often teach Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried," as a whole or in pieces, including the chapter "How to Tell a True War Story." I've been thinking a lot about that story lately, as NBC anchor Brian Williams, Bill O'Reilly, and even Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been in the news lately for telling untrue war (or "war") stories.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade events schedule announced

Published Monday, March 2

The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will set off on its march Saturday, March 14, beginning at noon and starting at Wisconsin Ave. and Old World Third St. before winding its way through Downtown. While the parade is Saturday, however, the Westown Association today announced its schedule for several days worth of St. Patty's Day celebration.

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How Reagan set the template for Walker's war on universities

Published Monday, March 2

As the cliché goes, those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. Or perhaps, Gov. Walker wants history to repeat itself. I suspect he does. It's the history of his idol, Ronald Reagan, that is illustrative here.

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Doors Open Milwaukee in February: All Ears

Published Saturday, Feb. 28

Milwaukee: Each year, I feel I barely know the city at all. This fine city just keeps on giving in every direction. When compiling my long list each year of places I would love to have participate in Doors Open Milwaukee - a free-to-the-public event presented by Historic Milwaukee, Inc. that will take place on September 19th and 20th - I am sometimes asked by others, "What if you run out of new places to add to the event?" I laugh at this.

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92-year-old maverick reflects on real estate career

Published Saturday, Feb. 28

In 1951, Mary Jane "MJ" Riffel was a divorced single mother. Despite numerous challenges from sexism to cancer, she went on to a successful career in real estate and opened two real estate schools in Milwaukee. Today, Riffel is 92, lives on the shore of Lake Michigan in Bay View and is writing a collection of short stories.

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Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Fire Dept.'s Engine Co. 1

Published Friday, Feb. 27

You'll be unsurprised to hear that visiting interesting Milwaukee buildings of all kinds leads to meeting all kinds of similarly interesting Milwaukeeans. But, when I visited Milwaukee Fire Dept.'s Engine 01, 784 N. Broadway, recently, the folks I met there were at least as interesting than the building itself.

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Milwaukee Air & Water Show announces 2015 dates and headliner

Published Wednesday, Feb. 25

At a news conference held earlier today at The Pfister Hotel, event organizers of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, presented by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, announced the highly anticipated return of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline this year's show July 25 and 26 along Milwaukee's lakefront.

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13 daily occurrences at UW-Milwaukee

Published Wednesday, Feb. 25

Whether it's seeing the same person in a specific location every day or having the same cashier every day at lunch, college campus life can feel like one big continuous cycle sometimes. Here are some of the things that seem to happen every day on campus at the UW-Milwaukee.

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Welcome to the Hotel Auditorium

Published Wednesday, Feb. 25

It always surprises me how many hotels there once were in Downtown Milwaukee. Here's a little look at one of them.

No jury would convict her: Love and murder in old Milwaukee Image

No jury would convict her: Love and murder in old Milwaukee

Published Tuesday, Feb. 24

At about 10 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 14, 1852, John M.W. Lace, 35, was one of several people looking at a display of photographs in the window of a bookstore on Wisconsin Avenue when Mary Ann Wheeler, 23, a seamstress, walked up behind him, drew a double-barreled pistol from under her shawl and shot him in the back of the head at point-blank range. Yet jurors in two separate trials refused to convict her.