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AMKE: The List 8-15-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Former Republican Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty, dropped out of the 2012 Presidential Race after coming in third in Iowa’s Straw Poll. And with a late entry, Republican Texas Governor, Rick Perry, is now joining the race. Details at www.npr.org.

The main stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis collapsed because of severe weather this past weekend. Five people died and more than 40 people were taken to the hospital for injuries. The fairgrounds were closed yesterday and a public memorial service will be held today. More information is available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/15indiana.html?_r=1&ref=us

Wisconsin’s State Fair wrapped up yesterday, yet people are still talking about the opening day violence. The Milwaukee Youth Council wants to now focus on the success of the city’s youth rather than the recent violence that took place. The council plans to host a forum within the next month to talk about the violent behavior and to give young people a chance to voice their opinion. The goal is to get more youth involved in public service. To learn more, visit www.jsonline.com.

Les Paul or the “Wizard of Waukesha” are names that bring music to our ears. The Waukesha County Museum is going to be the home to a permanent exhibit honoring Paul. It recently hired a firm to design the exhibit. It’s something that’s been in the works for eight years now and it’s inching closer to a reality. For those of you who don’t know, Waukesha Native Les Paul pioneered the solid-body electric guitar and invented multi track recording techniques. Want to find out more? See www.jsonline.com.

School’s almost back in session...and a lot of Wisconsin School Districts are rushing to finish up employee handbooks. They’ll now have a clear outline of the collective bargaining agreements instead of duties and salaries for workers. Some of the biggest changes districts are doing to save money include changing health insurance options, reducing post-retirement benefits, and modifying work expectations. The first day of classes for most MPS schools is September 1st. More info at: http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/127669538.html

If some of you participated in the Hank Aaron State Run/Walk this past Saturday, then you heard the good news. State Officials said that work to extend the trail would start in September. This means extending the pathway to the Oak Leaf Trail and creating a route from the Milwaukee Lakefront to the edge of Madison. The money raised from this past weekend’s event will be used to refurbish and install a historic streetcar shelter in Underwood Parkway, just south of Blue Mound Road. To find out more, visit here.


2. Uecker!
Deadspin listed the funniest/most comedic athletes of all time and of course they picked a career .200 hitter who used to run with the Milwaukee Braves.  Deadspin can be a little crass, but this article, written for their comedy week is an excellent retrospective on athletes turned actors. Good to see Bob getting some love. Major League is still one of my favorite films of all time in no small part to Eucker (ball 4, ball 8...) and his timing on Tonight Show was choice. Oh, and coming in at #5 was that other guy people in Wisconsin really got behind. What’s his name, Fah-vhre?
On the Tonight Show
At Wrestlemania
3. All your patents are belong to us.
Google just bought Motorola. Guess who's in the hardware business now.
4. Secret Soundtrack
Wicker Park, a movie I called a rom-com and promptly recieved a stern glare from Brianne. It's a very serious movie about a neighborhood in Chicago. Or it's a very serious movie about Josh Hartnett, who was banned from making movies after the release of Pearl Harbor.