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a.MKE The List: Downtown Appreciation Week, US Swimmer sets Olympic Record, New Public Art Project and Today In HER-STORY!!!!

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Tuesday July 31st, 2012

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off today with the “worlds largest coffee break” at 9:30 this morning in Historic Third Ward, followed by a lunch-time food and beverage give-away in Red Arrow Park. A full line-up of this week’s events can be found on our 88Nine Facebook page.

In sports news, Matt Grevers of the United States set an Olympic record to win the men’s 100 meter backstroke at the London Olympics on Monday. The US is tied for first place with China with a total of 17 metals.

This date in Her-story! Future racing legend, the 1st Lady of Nascar, Louise Smith is born in 1916 in Barnsville, GA. Louise was the first woman inducted into the International Motor sports Hall of Fame. Joanne Rowling, better known as J.K.Rowling, author & creator of the Harry Potter book series was born on this day in 1965 near Bristol, England.

In environmental news, designer cleaning company Method is chipping away at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large mass of plastic debris in the waters off the coast of Hawaii, by scouring the beaches at Kahuku’s James Campbell Wildlife Refuge in Oahu for plastic debris to turn into bottles for their new soap products.

In local news: A creative collaboration between Milwaukee photographer Sonja Thomsen and audio producer Adam Carr resulted in a temporary public art project, Here, Mothers Are. The installation features women in the Amani neighborhood around 24th and Locust. The project is located in a formerly vacant lot that people can see from the street as well as explore more thoroughly on foot.