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AMKE: The List 10-11-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

NBA Commissioner, David Stern, announced yesterday that the first two weeks of the NBA season are officially canceled since players and owners were unable to reach a new labor deal to end the long-debated lockout. Opening night was scheduled for November 1st and the cancellation includes all games scheduled through the 14th of November.

Plans are moving forward for more development near O’Donnell Park and there’s going to be a public hearing a week from today. Some thoughts are to demolish the downtown transit center and build better walking connections from downtown to the lakefront. If you have any ideas, the open meeting starts at 5 a week from today at the Harbor Lights Room in the transit center.

Starting today the Mayfair road off-ramp from northbound Highway 45 will be closed until October 22nd. We Energies crews will be working on an infrastructure upgrade. If you’re driving out that way you’ll have to use off ramps at Watertown Plank Road and Burleigh Street. Detour signs will also be posted.

It’s over before it began, Netflix called it quits for its “Qwikster” plans, which was suppose to be the new name and website for its DVD-by-mail service. Netflix CEO Reed Hasting said yesterday that DVD rentals will stay at Netflix instead of being spun into a different website because customers hated the idea.

Work started yesterday on the 2012 Milwaukee County Budget. Committee members received a budget overview and started going through it line by line. There will be a public hearing on the budget on October 31st at the Washington Park Senior Center.

We talk about eating locally and buying locally, since it’s fall, what better time to do it than during apple season? Wisconsin’s apple harvest numbers show that its season is dramatically better than last year. The state is expected to produce more than 43 million pounds of apples, that’s up 17%.