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a.mKE: Sidney Hih burns (again), Lake Express celebrates, Lance Armstrong concedes and Jerry Nelson passes 8.24.12

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Shortly before 1am this morning, a fire broke out at the partially demolished Sidney Hih at the corner of 4th and Juneau. The 4th floor and roof were ablaze when the firefighters arrived. Five ladder trucks used 1000 gallons of water a minute to get the three-alarm fire under control by 3am. Details can be found here. 

Today marks the two thousand five hundred-th crossing of the Lake Express between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan. The ferry has traveled more than 200,000 miles since it's inception. From 1941 until 1970, the Lake Express' route was served by the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, which now sits at a museum near the Lake Express dock in Muskegon.

Big news for the never-nudes...Netflix will release Season 4 of Arrested Development in the Spring. Rumors that the 10 episode season may be extended to 13 episodes. All episodes will be released at one time. 

After more than a decade of battling accusations that he had doped during his celebrated cycling career, Lance Armstrong ended his fight yesterday against charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong’s will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics and all other titles, awards and money he won from August 1998 forward.

Brown Street Academy in Lindsay Heights and Lowell Elementary School in Castle Manor are two Milwaukee Public Schools that won $25,000 grants from the "Give with Target" campaign. The schools were among 100 nationally to receive grants to improve students’ learning. The schools that get the most votes by September 8th on the "Give with Target" Facebook page will receive the remaining $2.5 million.

Veteran Muppeteer, Jerry Nelson, passed away yesterday after a long bout with illness. He was best know for his Sesame Street Character, The Count, but he also played Floyd and Dr Strangepork. His career spanned over 6 decades.