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Doors Open Milwaukee: City's biggest open house needs volunteers Image

Doors Open Milwaukee: City's biggest open house needs volunteers

Published Friday, July 31

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. Doors Open is quickly approaching, and we need hundreds of volunteers for this year's event. I could go on an on telling you how fun it is, how much you are needed, what an important role every volunteer has in the event and how I bet you'll be back next year if you give volunteering for Doors Open a try this September. It's fun, it's easy and it's rewarding in so many ways. But don't just take it from us.

6 Milwaukeeans who are especially missed Image

6 Milwaukeeans who are especially missed

Published Friday, July 31

There are so many people who, during their lifetimes, contributed to make Milwaukee the fantastic city it is today. Here are six of those individuals.

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OnMilwaukee.com Weekend Preview, July 31-Aug. 2, 2015

Published Thursday, July 30

The great Milwaukee weekend is here -- how are you going to spend it? You could attend the Urban Island Beach Party, the Ozaukee County Fair or Puerto Rican Festival. Listen to "The Tallest Man on Earth," jazz at the lake, Breadfest or Live at Peck Pavilion. Pedal your way with the "Polish Moon Ride," celebrate at Center Street Daze, attend a ice cream social or shop a Makers Market. All of these great ideas and more await you in this edition of the OnMilwaukee.com Weekend Preview!

Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past Image

Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past

Published Tuesday, July 28

On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.

Milwaukee's new Samson: The Milwaukee lion belongs in the zoo Image

Milwaukee's new Samson: The Milwaukee lion belongs in the zoo

Published Sunday, July 26

I love the Milwaukee lion. I love it as a story, and I love it as a community bridge. The Milwaukee lion has actually accomplished something exceptionally rare in Wisconsin these days: It's uniting people, and it's given us a common conversation. And I think it would be sheer genius if officials captured the Milwaukee lion and put the lion in the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Urban spelunking: State Theater, former Hoops strip joint & The Palms rock club Image

Urban spelunking: State Theater, former Hoops strip joint & The Palms rock club

Published Friday, July 24

What a long strange trip it was. While theaters like the Downer and Oriental have venerable histories as long-running cinema houses, consider, if you will, the the more varied history of the now-dilapidated State Theater, 2616 W. State St. Originally a movie theater, the State has served a number of purposes - rock venue, prudish dance hall and strip club - in its nearly 100-year history.

12 bodacious Ren Faire bosoms Image

12 bodacious Ren Faire bosoms

Published Thursday, July 23

Some go to the Renaissance Faire for the turkey legs, but some go for the buffet of breasts.

A moment of silence for the goat, please Image

A moment of silence for the goat, please

Published Wednesday, July 22

The recent Milwaukee lion drama calls to mind two past Milwaukee cat encounters: one with an escaped leopard in the early 1900s and another with a "lion" in 1920.

"Real" Milwaukee lions

Published Tuesday, July 21

A report that a lion was roaming in a Milwaukee neighbor has so far been found to be untrue. Yet, lions lurk all around greater Milwaukee.

Scott Walker does not answer questions, does not speak the truth Image

Scott Walker does not answer questions, does not speak the truth

Published Monday, July 20

Since Scott Walker's announcement that he's running for president, he and the national media have been getting to know each other. Last week, a Washington Post reporter on the Walker beat tweeted out, "In NH, Scott Walker says Wisconsin reporters weren't used to a gov who would 'actually answer questions and speak the truth.'" The reporter cheekily added "Fact check?" after the quote, but those in Wisconsin can tell you the answer to that: pants on fire.

10 reasons why Donald Trump could be president (and 3 why he won't) Image

10 reasons why Donald Trump could be president (and 3 why he won't)

Published Monday, July 20

I laugh every time I see a new national poll that reports that Donald Trump is leading the GOP pack in the contest to be president. There's just something entertaining about a megalomaniac with a bad combover making the political and media elites break into a cold sweat. And his opponents take a big risk by underestimating his appeal. Here are 10 reasons why Trump could be president or at least the GOP nominee - and three reasons why he won't.

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Does "Fighting Scott" have a fighting chance at the presidency?

Published Thursday, July 16

Governor Scott Walker has pitched his flag and declared that he is the kind of candidate who will stand up to all opposition and do what he believes is right. That dogmatic image of the fighter may not be enough to get him to the presidency.

10 things Walker didn't mention much in his announcement speech Image

10 things Walker didn't mention much in his announcement speech

Published Tuesday, July 14

If I was a martian who had just landed on Earth at the Waukesha County Expo Center Monday night, I would probably vote for Scott Walker for president with enthusiasm. On Monday, Walker nailed something critically important for this kind of announcement speech: You could imagine him as president. However, here are 10 things Walker largely left out - ones I think if that martian took a closer look at those specifics, he'd be concerned about.