December 26 2013
Today marks the American Red Cross's second annual Day of Donations Blood Drive at Southridge Mall. Every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Gift certificates for Marcus Theaters, the Zoo, Milwaukee Wave and Cedar Crest Ice cream are given to donors today while supplies last. Info found here.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving WI $7.2 million to help 59 underperforming schools as a part of a federal school improvement program. WI is among seven states that will receive the grant. The funds will be given to the neediest schools that demonstrate the strongest commitment to provide adequate resources to substantially raise student achievement.
The state Department of Natural Resources wants to remind Wisconsin residents there are plenty of places to recycle your old computer, cell phone and other electronic equipment. Despite a 2010 law that bans such equipment from landfills and incinerators, the DNR says it's the fastest-growing segment dumped into landfills.
Michael Thomasson, a 42 year old from Buffalo, N.Y. is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. Thomasson received his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12 and now, 31 years and 11,000 games later, estimates his collection is worth about $800,000. The crazy part is he sold his collection in 1998 to pay for his wedding.
THREE OF A KIND - MIAMI
1. This is the only city in the U.S. bordered by two national parks.
SONG: Sam & Dave "I Thank You"
2. Movies set in this location: Goldfinger, There's Something about Mary, True Lies, Scarface and The Birdcage
SONG: KC & The Sunshine Band "Ain't Nothin' Wrong"
3. Named after the Mayaimis, who were a Native American tribe living in the area until the 1700's.
SONG: Cat Power "3,6,9"