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a.MKE: Nelson Mandela, Pilot whales, cheese brine and Milwaukee Mile 12.6.13

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Former South African President, philanthropist  and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95 after months of ill health. He is mourned in Wisconsin and around the world by countrymen and admirers.

The City of Milwaukee unveiled its new plan to make our streets safer this winter. The Department of Public Works is combining cheese brine with rock salt to spread on our streets. Milwaukee is the first major city to treat snow and ice-covered streets with the mixture. The environmentally friendly material has been donated for free from a dairy in northwestern WI and will be used only on the streets in Bay View this season.

 Dozens of short-finned pilot whales moved Thursday to slighty deeper water off Florida's Everglades National Park, raising hope a day after 51 whales beached themselves. Rescuers used 15 boats to heard the whales towards more open waters in the Gulf of Mexico. 11 of the whales have died and 5 more went missing overnight.

Andretti Sports Marketing, the organizers of Milwaukee's IndyCar race, signed a new three-year contract with Wisconsin State Fair Park's Milwaukee Mile. The new agreement includes minor adjustments in revenue sharing for parking and concessions, but both sides are committed to keeping the rent affordable for the premier Milwaukee Mile event.