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a.MKE: Schlitz Park demolition, "grandparent scam", Global Water Center and Minneapolis welcomes WI couples 9.9.13

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will hold a news conference today with Madison Mayor Paul Soglin to unveil a new ad campaign inviting same-sex couples from WI to travel to Minneapolis to get legally married. Soglin plans to use the appearance to argue that WI needs to legalize gay marriage.

As reported by the MBJ, demolition has begun on the 123-year-old-brew house in Milwaukee's Schlitz Park making way for a new green space. The brew house demolition is part of a $22 million renovation project coming after decades of attempts to preserve the building. 95% of the buildings materials, including bricks, steel and copper will be recycled.

The Better Business Bureau reminds customers to be on the lookout for an increase in the "grandparent scam" or emergency scam". Typically, the scammer researches family histories, calls the grandparent posing as a grandchild and frantically explaining that he/she is in trouble and not to tell parents and asks for a money wire. Reports show in 2012, scams like this have risen to 83,000.

This Thursday, the Global Water Center in Milwaukee officially opens its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Global Water Center is a seven-story, 100,000 square-foot technology and business incubator designed to help Milwaukee become a hub of water research and technology. The converted 107-year old warehouse hopes to lure new water-tech jobs and investment to the metro region.