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Why were the Mount Mary University pine trees cut down?

Published July 9, 2020

If, like me, you arere one of the folks that is blessed enough to be able to enjoy the lovely grounds of Mount Mary University along the Menomonee River Parkway on Milwaukee's far west side, you may have been surprised to see portion of it undergoing drastic change. Here's what's up.

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Shopping malls fight back

Published Nov. 16, 2018

The evolution of the mall, like much of America's history, has been fast and furious, and whether or not it's still relevant - in light of online shopping, box stores and technology, especially social media - is a fair question.

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Kooky Cooky House creates magical holiday memories

Published Dec. 4, 2017

Capitol Court shopping center opened in 1956 at the intersection of Capitol Drive, 60th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue. But when you ask people what they remember about it, they rarely talk about the stores. They'll talk to you at great length about the Kooky Cooky House.

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Kooky Cooky House returns

Published Oct. 22, 2014

Many Milwaukeeans who grew up in the `60s, `70s and `80s remember the Kooky Cooky House - an electronic gingerbread cookie factory that featured dozens of moving parts - that was located in the now defunct Capitol Court Mall. This year, an updated Kooky Cooky House returns to Discovery World.

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OnMedia: A guide to the Milwaukee Film Festival

Published Sept. 23, 2010

From film buffs to casual moviegoers, it's hard not to find something to see over the next 11 days ... No surprises in the official "American Idol" announcement.

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OnMedia: My Emmy picks

Published Aug. 27, 2010

The TV biz hands out its big awards. I don't have a formal vote, but my column lets me pretend.

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Lunch with Rowdy Roddy Piper

Published April 16, 2010

Rowdy Roddy Piper was exactly how I expected him -- and wanted him -- to be. He still looks like he could kick your butt, between his black leather coat and black mesh shirt and pants. He looks like a wrestler. And he talks like a wrestler. Fans are not going to want to miss this extended podcast.

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OnMedia: Oscar was a pretty smart cookie this year

Published March 5, 2010

By doubling the number of movies nominated for best picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has virtually guaranteed better ratings ... Danny Gokey lobbies to get on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime show ... Stephen Colbert tips his hat to Starbucks in Waukesha.

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OnHollywood: Robert Pattinson talks "Twilight"

Published Dec. 4, 2009

Fresh off a huge opening weekend at the box office, "Twilight: New Moon" star Robert Pattinson sat down with OnMilwaukee.com film expert Gino Salomone to discuss the huge success of the "Twilight" series, working with new director Chris Weitz, and the relationship with the cast.

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On Hollywood: Talking "Paranormal Activity"

Published Nov. 5, 2009

"Paranormal Activity" is the surprise hit of the year in movies. Made for $11,000 by director Oren Peli and shot at his home, the film has made over $60 million. Its young stars, Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat spoke with OnMilwaukee.com's Gino Salomone recently.