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a.MKE: UW System Five-Campus Water Technology Initiative & United Way of Greater Milwaukee's Groupon: Today's Top Stories

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Since borrowing and loaning electronic media isn’t as simple as checking out a book or CD at a local library, libraries throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties are getting together to host demonstrations. With multiple formats for e-books and audiobooks, users have to find not only what they want, but the format as well. So to make local library patrons more familiar and comfortable with the borrowing process, there will be digital bookmobile demonstrations and assistance from 10 a.m. to 4 at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Metropolitan Milwaukee boasts the best prospects in America for finding a job in the next three months…that’s according to the most recent Manpower Group Inc. poll. The four-county Milwaukee area ranked first among the 100 largest metropolitan areas, then Wisconsin tied with Michigan for 7th among the 50 states in brightest job outlook. Manpower officials said, “Employers expect to hire at a bullish rate in the July through September quarter in metro Milwaukee, and that there is a “booming job market expected for Wisconsin.”

The UW-System recently announced a five-campus water technology initiative that will expand the state’s water technology focus beyond the high-profile work at UW-Milwaukee. The UW System in partnership with the Milwaukee Water Council and other regional stakeholders, will showcase four more UW campuses that do water research and create new approaches to the sustainable use of water systems. So the other four campuses include UW-Madison, UW-Steven’s Point, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater. The goal of the initiative is to get research projects coordinated at various universities, and having them work together.

For the next four days, you can find the United Way of Greater Milwaukee on the daily deal website, “Groupon”. The Groupon is this: If 50 people donate $6, then United Way of Greater Milwaukee can provide backpacks to 50 low-income students throughout the city for the upcoming school year. Students will receive the backpacks during the “Milwaukee Child Health Week’s Annual Back to School Health Fair.” Each additional $15 raised will be used to purchase a backpack and the necessary school supplies to start the school year.  

Yesterday Milwaukee’s Common Council put off a decision on wheather to audit the Milwaukee Police Department’s crime reporting system and practices. Last month there were more than 500 aggravated assaults that were misclassified by the department as lesser offenses. Those minor assaults do not get counted in the city’s violent-crime rate. Alderman Joe Dudzik said, “It is absolutely essential to ensure the integrity of crime data compiled by the police department, so that the data can be communicated accurately to the public and to members of the common council.” The council plans on gathering more information about the crime reporting system and the cost of the audit.

Poet and writer Maya Stein is taking a biking road trip from Amherst, Massachusetts to Milwaukee. She’s biking more than 1,300 miles towing an old-fashioned typewriter. The point of which is to collect impromptu writings from strangers for a book. So when Stein arrives to town, she’ll set up the typewriter and a small folding table and chair in a public space, usually in front of a bookstore or café. Stein started her biking trip on May 5th, which marked her 40th birthday and she chose to end her trip in Milwaukee because it’s the birthplace of the typewriter. You can meet Stein for yourself – today she’ll be at Discovery World from 2 to 4 then at Boswell Book Company from 5 to 7.

Phil from the Exclusive Company stopped by to talk about new releases this week.