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AMKE: The List 8-22-11

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Bank of America is the latest bank to shrink. It's cutting 3,500 employees. This announcement is coming after several larger banks announced layoffs, like Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon , State Street and other financial institutions. After this round of layoffs, Bank of America is expected to have roughly 284,000 employees. More info here.

And in Wisconsin, we lost over 12,000 private-sector jobs last month, which is the deepest single-month decline we've seen since 08. If you're looking for work, the Job Center of Wisconsin has a complete listing of available positions. To learn more, click here.

A deadline is approaching for Netflix customers. The company's new subscription plan and price increases kick in September 6th. A lot of viewers were upset by the 60% increase since the company made the announcement in July, but the company gave several reasons on why customers should be okay paying a high rate for the services. They redesigned their website, streaming became available on Nintendo’s, and they've added a just for kids tab, plus much more.l

A variety of people pulled together last week to celebrate the turnaround of the city's north side neighborhood, Harambee. Harambee stretches from North Holton Street to I-43 and from North Avenue to Capitol Drive. It's taken several years to improve the area, with both local and national help. There are now 167 new housing units and almost 100 rehabilitated units in the neighborhood since 07. We featured Harambee as part of the neighborhood project last year, and a lot of great stories came from it.

The Milwaukee Police Department reported that crime numbers are declining. Twelve percent fewer crimes were recorded in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same time last year. Since 07, overall crime went down 26.5%.

But as of August 16th, Milwaukee’s homicide rate reached 52, and one organization is fighting back. WINGS International hosted their annual urban peace rally at Lindbergh Park in the Arlington Heights neighborhood this past weekend. It's where they read the "Wall of Pain" and gave voice to each homicide victim from the past year. The org focuses on positive change throughout the community of Milwaukee. To see video from event, click here.

Some areas across Milwaukee are moving forward to ban weapons in public buildings. Some of the areas include: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, Port Washington, and Elm Grove. Whitefish Bay approved an ordinance that bans firearms from its municipal buildings. Officials from these areas are saying that firearms and other weapons, hidden away or not, should not be allowed in municipal buildings except in the hands of police officers. Wisconsin's new concealed carry law goes into effect on November 1st.
Clue #1: "Let's be friends." -- Song #1 "Ain't that a kick in the head" by Dean Martin. 
Clue #2: "TV's Incredible Hulk." -- Song #2 "Oxford Comma" by Vampire Weekend.
Clue #3: "Man dates." -- Song #3 "Lights Out" by Santigold. 
Secret Soundtrack? ... I love you, man!

3. Scandybars

I love this website. It’s pretty much amazing. 


4. Use balloons to make chocolate cups
Sorry, one sweet thing leads to another.
5. And now an important reminder from gravity...
What goes up must come down, right? Yes, this even relates to bullets fired from guns who must eventually relent to our lower orbit's gravitational pull. What happens when you shoot your guns in the air, as Onyx once famously suggested? They fall back to the ground. Sometimes they hit people and yes, severely injure and killl them as well. So, when celebrating your overthrow of a totalitarian government, the only thing that should be waved in the air (as if you didn't care) should be your hands.