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a.MKE: Egypt closes border, Miramar Theater fire, Tosa denies gas station and homebrewing 7.5.13

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An Egyptian official says the country's border crossing with Gaza Strip in northern Sinai has been closed indefinitely. The decision came hours after suspected Islamic militants attacked four sites in northern Sinai, targeting two military checkpoints, a police station and a military aircraft airport.

An electrical fire in the basement of the Miramar Theater on Oakland Avenue in Milwaukee's East Side has forced the venue to temporarily close. No one was injured but there was a lot of smoke damage. Bill Stace, the owner of the Miramar said they will be working hard to reopen the venue ASAP.

The Wauwatosa Common Council has denied a request for a gas station and convenience store at 60th and Vliet streets, putting an end to a Franklin-based businessman's plans that had drawn sharp criticism from neighbors and local businesses.

As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, homebrewing is now officially legal in all 50 states, after recently passed legislation took effect this week in Mississippi. Prohibition outlawed homebrewing in 1919, but the federal government didn't legalize the practice until 1978, long after prohibition was repealed. Alabama and Mississippi were the last two states that still had laws on the books forbidding it until this year.