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a.MKE The List: Gov. Walker's Brat Summit & Les Paul Guitar & Memorabilia Auction: Today’s Top Stories

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This summer, residents of the Thurston Woods neighborhood will have an opportunity to share stories, memories and community history through what’s called “Picturing Milwaukee.” “Picturing Milwaukee” is a field school run by the “buildings-landscapes-cultures” program at UW-Milwaukee. Students at the field school will explore the neighborhood by talking to residents, documenting spaces and archiving community history.  The field school project not only will help Thurston Woods residents learn more about their own community, but help the Milwaukee community learn more about Thurston Woods. 

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will be stopping in Wisconsin next week as part of a five-day bus tour. Romney’s campaign announced the bus tour and the Wisconsin stop on June 18th, but did not release details on the exact locations or time. Romney will also visit Iowa that same day. Romney’s bus tour gives him a chance to meet with families and business owners in small towns across six states. The tour begins Friday in New Hampshire. Romney’s Wisconsin visit will mark the first time Romney has been in the state since winning the primary back in April.

The Milwaukee Common Council committee will meet later today to decide whether to add a charging station for electric vehicles on the city’s east side. If the full council agrees, the station in the city-owned lot near East Brady Street would be part of a network of five such stations that the city is establishing as a pilot program with $35,000 in federal stimulus funds. Motorists using the stations would pay for the electricity, plus overhead costs and any applicable taxes. Other EV stations include Discovery World, City Center, Clarion Hotel-Airport and the West Side of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee County’s public art program has been put on the back burner. The 12-year-old program has funded 19 projects so far with a combined total of $2.1 million. The county board adopted a resolution last month, drafted at County Exec Chris Abele’s wish. Abele called for a timeout for the art program while an effort is made to “locate an adequate funding source.” Chris Abele’s spokesperson said “Abele remains a strong advocate of the arts and hopes to be able to budget money for public art when it is more fiscally responsible to do so.”

Governor Scott Walker is inviting both Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the Governor’s mansion today in attempt to mend the political divisions that have developed during the past 18 months. After winning the June 5th recall election, Walker said that there is a strong need for bipartisanship in creating jobs and moving Wisconsin forward. Walker invited lawmakers, their spouses and two staffers each to the two-hour picnic. Walker said that he hopes for a cookout, featuring brats and beer, and will provide a casual setting for friendly conversation.

A Les Paul Guitar and memorabilia auction has raised nearly $5 million for a foundation in his name benefiting music education and innovation. The two-day sale over the weekend grabbed record-setting prices for guitars. Les Paul was known as the godfather of the electric guitar as he invented one of the world’s most widely played guitars, the “Gibson Les Paul.” The auction concluded this past Saturday, on what would have been his 97th birthday.