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Businesses, cities cashing in on total solar eclipse crowds

BARTLETT, Tenn. - Millions of eyes will be fixed on the sky when a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. in August, and it's likely many of them will be safely behind the special glasses churned out by a Tennessee company.American Paper Optics ramped up production for this year's eclipse and expects to make 50 million paper and plastic eclipse glasses. John Jerit, the company's CEO and president, said they began preparing about two years ago. During his almost 27 years making safety glasses,...

Illinois' Dylan Meyer: Just another golfer with Clark Kent glasses and a mohawk

Kids in high school did not know what to make of Dylan Meyer's look.They called him Harry Potter. Or Napoleon Dynamite. Or Peter Parker, the unmasked version of Spider-Man."I embrace it," Meyer said.Conformity? Timidity? Meyer and his dark-framed Izod glasses have no time for that.Meyer is too busy wooing pop star Nicki Minaj (sample tweet: "Summer fling? I'm thinking long term @NICKIMINAJ"), laying out his plans to run for president in 2032 (#AmericaWinsWithMeyer) and, for real, securing his...

A Photographer For Our Time

Sign-up for the Urban Milwaukee daily emailA grown man reads at an indeterminate location with a pacifier in his mouth. The book is entitled “Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes For Kids.” No kids are in sight. The man appears unamused. Daniel Arnold, Untitled, photographs, 2017.At first glance, Daniel Arnold’s photographs look like our own. They have all the rough-hewn verity of everyday iPhone snapshots captured at the unflagging speed of life. But each of Arnold’s photographs harbors a little something...