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a.MKE: Gordon Hinkley passes, WI Black Historical Society celebrates, Rodgers returns and Stamps increase 12.27.13

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Gordon Hinkley, whose Milwaukee radio career spanned more than half a century, died this week at age 88. The "Granddaddy of Milwaukee radio", whose "Ask Your Neighbor" show ran on WTMJ-AM620 for more than 30 years, began his radio career in 1941 after he won an audition for a talent contest sponsored by the station when he was only 16 years old.

The Wisconsin Black Historical Society welcomed members of the community Thursday for the opening ceremony to the cultural celebration called Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa honors African heritage and is observed from Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Milwaukee was among the first cities to begin observing Kwanzaa back in 1966. More info on tonight's activities found on amke blog.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was cleared to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears, marking his return to the field after suffering a broken collarbone against the Bears back on November 4th. If the Packers win Sunday, they win the NFC North and advance to the payoffs.

The U.S. Postal Service will temporarily increase the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents in 2014. The stamp will cost 49 cents, up from 46 cents, starting Jan 26th. Similar changes will apply to magazines, bills and advertising mail. The increase is designed to boost revenue to make up for losses during the economic downturn.