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Creature Feature

In the spring, natural pools form and, as if by magic, fill with life. Then, just as suddenly, they disappear. Despite their evanescent status, they are crucial to the life cycle of frogs and other tiny critters....

Setting a High Bar

In an educational world that’s shifted to choose-your-own-adventure from one-size-fits-all, some high schools have found student success using very different approaches. Here’s a look at three of them....

Giving Bonobos a Hand

The world’s largest group of captive bonobos lives in Milwaukee. Sometimes, they break each other’s fingers. Dr. James Sanger is there to fix them. ...

Behind the Walls

It’s called restorative justice, and it asks crime victims to come face to face with convicts. Why would they? And how did an avowed skeptic of the concept become its biggest advocate? ...

In the Woods

Lawyers, police, forensic psychologists and Internet folklorists have all tried explaining why two girls from Waukesha nearly stabbed a third girl to death. All have fallen short, and the horrific saga sparked by Slender Man remains an enigma....

Finding Peace

War changed her life, chasing Chris Her-Xiong from a childhood home in Laos all the way to America. Now, her Hmong American Peace Academy is changing the lives of Milwaukee’s children and its Hmong community....