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a.MKE: New wetlands, open practice, smiling bans and pixelated masks 9.25.12

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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District approved creation of a 1,500-foot-long wetland inside the shipping channel at Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley Burnham canal. Miller Compressing, who's metal scrap yard covers 55 acres on the sides of the canal, is responsible for paying a minimum of $1.6 Million of total costs to comply with a canal cleanup plan approved in 2011 by the EPA. The space will be filled and covered with wetland plants.

On Thursday October 4th, the Milwaukee Bucks invite the public to watch a free open practice beginning at 6:30pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Doors open at 6pm.

A spokes person for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission says that smiling or making other facial expressions in their license photos confuses their new facial recognition software, which is designed to catch people applying for a false ID card. For now, smiling during the photos is forbidden.  

Martin Backes, a German artist, designer and performer has created the "Pixelhead", a full-face mask based on the pixelated face of Germany's Secretary responsible for internal secretary. By walking around the city wearing the mask, Martin hopes to raise questions and start conversations about the state of our privacy during these digital times.