Morning Links for July 7, 2015

The deadly toll of heroin, a costume exhibit, and today’s Senate debate.

What we’re reading:

  • Heroin is suspected to be the cause of 16 deaths in the Milwaukee area last week, an unusually high number even amid the increasing amount of overdose deaths in the last few years.
  • Grab your popcorn because we’re in for a lively debate (watch it here) when the state Senate takes up the prevailing wage law, among other budget items in its special session today.
  • While they may not be hosting a block party to celebrate their new outfits, the Milwaukee Admirals are hosting a “ceremony” to unveil their new looks, which seem to (still) feature bones prominently.
  • A bus leaves from the Mayfair Collection park and ride on July 17 and will ferry Downton Abbey fans to the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. Why? Thirty-six period costumes will be on display from the first four seasons of the hit PBS show.
  • The New York Times reports that today the Obama administration will announce a new solar energy plan that is intended to help low and middle-income people more easily obtain solar energy upgrades, and will also equip housing projects with energy-efficient technology.




Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.