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Milwaukee Trolley Loop returns June 4 Image

Milwaukee Trolley Loop returns June 4

Published Thursday, May 21

The trolley - making a 30-stop loop running through East Town, Westown and the Historic Third Ward - will be in action every Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the summer until Saturday, Sept. 5.

Voter ID education seeks to avoid disenfranchisement Image

Voter ID education seeks to avoid disenfranchisement

Published Wednesday, May 20

According to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, on a recent Saturday morning, John Hill opened Hill's Campaign Headquarters Store at 7984 W. Appleton Ave. - a place people know as the "Old Obama Office" - for an information session to educate residents on Wisconsin's voter ID requirements.

Urban spelunking: Former Concordia College campus Image

Urban spelunking: Former Concordia College campus

Published Tuesday, May 19

Standing amid the surviving buildings of the old Concordia College, it's easy to imagine what an inviting campus this was back in the day. Low-rise buildings - most of them in that collegiate gothic style that shouts "university" - surrounded the quad on all four sides, creating an intimate, protective environment. These days, most of the buildings survive and they're owned by the Forest County Potawatomi, which has plans to renovate the entire campus.

When the president drops by: an oral history Image

When the president drops by: an oral history

Published Tuesday, May 19

On a cool and cloudy morning exactly 10 years ago, a day not unlike today, the leader of the free world made a publicly unannounced, closed media visit to OnMilwaukee's then office at 1504 E. North Ave. Five employees from that day still work at OnMilwaukee. Here are their recollections from May 19, 2005; it's the first time they publicly document the entire experience.

7 names for new arena entertainment district Image

7 names for new arena entertainment district

Published Monday, May 18

We are going to eventually get a new Downtown arena and it will, hopefully, bring all kinds of related development in the accompanying entertainment district. It's important that we have a name for this development and here are Dave Begel's suggestions.

Education, transportation top state budget concerns for Milwaukeeans Image

Education, transportation top state budget concerns for Milwaukeeans

Published Thursday, May 14

According to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report, state representatives from the Milwaukee Democratic Caucus recently held a listening session at the downtown branch of the Milwaukee Public Library to hear community concerns about Gov. Scott Walker's latest state budget proposal.

W. Ben Hunt Cabin: How a man's hobby became history Image

W. Ben Hunt Cabin: How a man's hobby became history

Published Thursday, May 14

Located in Hales Corners, the W. Ben Hunt Cabin is much more than simply an old rustic locale. It's a lived-in museum to an era long gone, as well as a tribute to an incredible man who predicted the future, turned his hobby into history and did his best to keep some of our nation's earliest traditions from disappearing and merely collecting dust in the past.

Darling, Kooyenga schools plan born of ignorance Image

Darling, Kooyenga schools plan born of ignorance

Published Thursday, May 14

Way back in the last century when an avalanche of Tommy Thompson and a black state senator named Polly Williams brought school vouchers to Milwaukee, there were two selling points. Both have proved false.

The lesson of Madison: Enough with the cop bashing already Image

The lesson of Madison: Enough with the cop bashing already

Published Wednesday, May 13

To argue against the cop in the Tony Robinson shooting - unless you think DA Ismael Ozanne just made everything up - one must argue that cops don't have a right to protect themselves or other members of society from imminent attack. Ever.

6 must-see Spaces & Traces Layton Boulevard sites Image

6 must-see Spaces & Traces Layton Boulevard sites

Published Wednesday, May 13

If you're champing at the bit for the next Doors Open MKE, you'll have to wait until September. But you can get your hometown exploration fix thanks to DOMKE's elder Historic Milwaukee Inc. sibling, Spaces and Traces, which is back for its 34th year this weekend.

A no-yawn lawn: The Dinosaur House does its best to keep Milwaukee weird Image

A no-yawn lawn: The Dinosaur House does its best to keep Milwaukee weird

Published Tuesday, May 12

Some people like to decorate their gardens with ceramic gnomes. Others prefer bird baths, gazing balls and miniature windmills. And then there are those who prefer six-foot-tall realistic velociraptors, life-sized cowboys and Indians, and an old McDonalds Hamburglar jail.

Once again, reality shows its liberal bias Image

Once again, reality shows its liberal bias

Published Tuesday, May 12

There is nothing wrong with being hopeful and keeping your fingers crossed as you try something new. But when hope and magical thinking become not merely your attitude but the entire rationale behind your actions, you should be prepared to be disappointed. After all, magic is not real. Only reality is real, and as Stephen Colbert once sagely observed, reality has a well-known liberal bias.