January 29 2014
A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Almond was attacked with a stun gun and robbed of the instrument, valued in the high seven figures Monday night. The police are working with investigators in the FBI and Interpol.
As reported by the MBJ: The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin is seeking approval for a 3,000 seat minor league baseball stadium that would cost up to $11 million to build. The proposed new field would host games for an independent minor league baseball team, generating $2.5 million in direct economic impact, including salaries, employment, marketing and other operating costs.
In music news, after three decades, legendary 80's hair metal rockers Motley Crue announced this summer will be their final tour before disbanding. As a part of their farewell tour, they will be headlining the Marcus Amphitheater on the Fourth of July along with special guest, Alice Cooper.
In last nights' State of the Union speech, President Obama pushed Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. New legislation proposed by WI state Democrats would raise our minimum over the next several years, taking our current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour in two years. Waiters, delivery drivers and other tipped employees would go from the current minimum of $2.33/hour to $3/hour.