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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Week-ends

Week-ends

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Kelvin Jefferson. Here’s why.

And the more than 3800 Franklin residents who voted NO on the referenda this week.

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The appellate court judges who reversed a felony conviction for an MPS school bus driver, Brian Duchow, who was caught abusing a boy with Down syndrome. The boy’s parents placed a voice-activated tape recorder in the boy’s backpack. When they played the tape back, the driver could be heard telling the boy, “Stop before I beat the living hell out of you.”

Two of three appellate judges ruled the case should go back to the lower court because the parents secretly taped the bus driver on their own, without working in conjunction with police. Once again, judges rule in favor of the creepy criminals and not the innocent victims, in this case, a child with Down syndrome. I’m sick of it.

Also,

Nancy Pelosi.

Chicago Cubs fans

And the morons at a Rhode Island elementary school who banned the Easter Bunny.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“And I think even when you look at the election results, even though it lost by a 60 to 40 percent margin, there were still 2,500 residents who wanted the proposal that was defeated.”
Franklin School Board President Jim Ward after the referendum questions were soundly rejected. That’s like saying Ed McMahon is at your door and he has two envelopes; one has $2500 in it, the other has $3800. And you tell Ed you'll take the $2500.

Earth to Jim Ward: You lost. You lost big. The taxpayers have spoken. Are you listening?????


"It's a long way for this boy from Elroy to the grand white home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.”
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, announcing his run for President at Milwaukee’s Messmer High School.

"The truth is, he's a character, but characters sometimes do very well in American politics. And I think if he relaxes and just is Tommy Thompson, he may do surprisingly well in Iowa and New Hampshire."
Newt Gingrich, on Tommy Thompson’s Presidential chances.

"Clearly, this child had already been victimized by Duchow. The tape revealed Duchow yelling such things as, 'Stop before I beat the living hell out of you,' and 'I'm going to slap the hell out of you.' Duchow also admitted to the police that he had slapped the child twice on the bus ride. To suggest that the victim be subjected to another such incident, just to make the recording admissible, is cruel and inhumane."
Appeals Judge Patricia Curley, in her dissent in the decision to overturn a felony conviction of Brian Duchow, who had been found guilty of abusing a child with Down syndrome on his school bus. Two other judges ruled a tape recording of the abuse from a recorder placed in the boy's backpack by his parents was inadmissible because it was obtained without the involvement of police.

"That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos. That’s some nappy headed hos there, I'm going to tell you that.”
National radio talk show host Don Imus, describing the Rutgers University women’s basketball team that lost to Tennessee in the national championship game. Imus apologized later for his remarks.

"You always *** out on that one for me, you know. You always say, oh, yes, I'm going to be the runner, then you never show up."
CBS College basketball analyst Billy Packer to PBS’s Charlie Rose. At the end of their interview, Rose, who was in New York, asked Packer whether he needed a runner for the Final Four. "Because I could jump on a plane and could be there," Rose said.


OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK

The above-mentioned story about an appeals court overturning the felony conviction of an MPS school bus driver who abused a boy with Down syndrome on his bus, and the dumping of 399 million gallons of untreated sewage and storm water into Lake Michigan by MMSD. Where are the environmentalists on this? Why aren’t they up in arms?

Oh, this story also qualifies this week: Dozens of files containing confidential medical billing information, including Social Security numbers and addresses, were left in a Milwaukee public library meeting room last week by an investigator for the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit who failed to retrieve them despite a phone call by library officials alerting her to the situation.

Read about it here.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

From the Tax Foundation in Washington D.C.: Wisconsin has the 7th-highest state-local tax burden in the nation. Why doesn’t the media report this? No sexy video, I guess.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Take your pick: American Idol, Anna Nicole Smith, Tori Spelling.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Screaming banned on roller coaster. I kid you not.



REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Week-ends

Week-ends

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...

HERO OF THE WEEK

Nancy Remkus.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

No strangers to racist and ant-Semitic speech, the two went on a successful witch hunt against Don Imus.

I’ll include Al Roker. Roker was very outspoken in his desire that Imus be fired. When Imus got the axe, Roker said how terrible he felt about it. You can’t have it both ways, Al.

Crystal Gail Mangum, the Duke Liar.

Mike Nifong, the original prosecutor in the Duke case, who should be disbarred.

Where do the Duke lacrosse players go to get their reputations back?


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Those were powerfully moving voices and images, and once the news cycle got a hold of that, goodnight; [Imus] was as good as gone."
Stephen Metcalf, who writes on the media and popular culture for Slate.com, referring to the Rutgers woman’s basketball team.

"I want to say the hate mail being sent to them must stop. If any one has hate mail, send it to my husband. You're doing the wrong thing here."
Deirdre Imus, wife of Don Imus, saying people should stop sending hate mail to the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

"He has apologized. He's said that he's deeply sorry. I'm a great believer in redemption."
Arizona Senator John McCain, on Don Imus.

"If there is a blacken core to a human being, it is Imus.”
Shock jock and Imus nemesis Howard Stern.

"This may be our last radiothon, so we need to raise about $100 million.”
Don Imus joking at the start of his annual radiothon that has raised more than $0-million since 1990. The radiothon had raised more than $1.3 million Thursday before Imus learned that he had lost his job.

"These b—ds went after me. They got me, but they didn't catch me asleep."
Don Imus, on his last day of his radio show Thursday.

”The 1,757 page budget the governor dropped on the legislature simply cannot be fixed through the usual route of an amendment here and an amendment there. The governor has so loaded this budget with fund transfers, new accounts, “trust funds” and other accounting tricks, that one needs a road map and a global positioning unit to follow the dollars from one account to another. Rather than an orderly table of columns and rows that track incoming revenues to specific programs, this budget’s flow chart of dollars to programs looks as convoluted and tangled as a plate of spaghetti.

Rather than try to unravel all of this, it only makes sense to work from our current budget, ignoring Doyle’s mess altogether. Ignoring the governor’s budget is the only sensible course for the legislature to take."

State Senator Mike Elis (R-Neenah) on Governor Doyle’s proposed state budget.

"This is simply one more tool for the public to be aware. For so long, child sex predators have been watching our children, and this gives us an opportunity to watch them back."
State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), sponsor of a bill to require special fluorescent green license plates for sex offenders. Kleefisch spoke at a hearing on the bill.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The news that 82 felons may have voted in Wisconsin in the 2006 fall elections.

The story broke the same week that an Assembly Democrat announced her proposal to allow certain felons to vote.

Remember, Jim Doyle vetoed the photo ID bill three times.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Felons voting.

Read Senator Erpenbach’s comments. He thinks it’s no big deal that felons voted. That’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans on this issue.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The Don Imus fiasco.

A UPI article on Thursday said, "For more than a week, (Al) Sharpton managed to refocus the nation's spotlight from Iraq and Afghanistan to Imus."

Though a bona fide news story, the national crusade to take Imus down was far from the most important story of the week, but it was, by far, the most-talked about.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Quite a twist to this story.


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Week-ends

Week-ends

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...

HERO OF THE WEEK

Liviu Librescu

Also, Venus Ramey.

Who is Venus Ramey, you ask?

Venus Ramey was Miss America 1944.

So why is she a hero today?


VILLAIN OF THE WEEK

Cho Seung ***

Cold-blooded, calculating, evil mass murderer.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today. But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off. I didn't have to do this. I could have left. I could have fled. But now I will no longer run.”
Part of the 1800-word diatribe by Cho Seung *** in a video he sent to NBC News.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The Virginia Tech massacre.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Senate Republicans call for debate and a vote on a bill to end sick leave. After a few minutes of debate, including Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson’s incredibly arrogant statement that if elected officials don’t like the sick leave perk, they don’t have to take it, the Senate session earlier this week was quickly gaveled down by Senate President Fred Risser.

Where are the editorials and news articles slamming Senate Democrats, including Bob Jauch who boorishly attacked Senator Alberta Darling and her husband on the floor of the state Senate?

If you’re keeping score, here are the reforms that are extremely popular with the public that the new Senate Democrat leadership is holding up:

1) The Frankenstein veto
2) Photo ID
3) Legislation to end the sick leave benefit for elected officials


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The Virginia Tech massacre, and rightfully so. The story had so many new twists and turns and new developments that it warranted all the attention it got.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Again, I could offer dozens of these every week. This week’s submission is from Missouri.


Source of post office scare: Winnie the Pooh
By Susan Weich
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Friday, Apr. 20 2007

WRIGHT CITY — Authorities evacuated the Wright City post office on Thursday morning after workers found a "ticking" package, but the contents turned out to be a noisy Winnie the Pooh telephone.

Police and members of the bomb squad were called in about 6:45 a.m. after the man picking up the parcel became alarmed by the noise. He told police he had ordered a phone over the Internet, but it didn't have a clock on it.

"It was pretty distinctly ticking," Wright City Police Chief Don Wickenhauser said. "And he didn't want to pick it up."

When authorities contacted the sender, he verified that it was nothing sinister.

It turned out the phone has a feature that causes Winnie's head to spin when the phone rings. Apparently it had been activated during shipping, said Cpl. Julie Scerine, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Similar to an oscillating garden sprinkler head, Winnie's head kept hitting up against the side of the package, making the suspect sound.

Scerine said authorities were both amused and relieved when they opened the package.

"I guess the moral of the story is before you send electronics, take the batteries out," she said.


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Week-ends

Week-ends

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Lauren Nelson.

Nola Ochs.

Andy Reiser.

Green Bay witnesses.
A dramatic rescue was caught on tape Wednesday morning after a motorist flew through an intersection at Ashland and 9th in Green Bay.

The car slammed head-on into a tree as the news crew from sister station WGBA-TV, originally on scene for another story, called for help.

Witnesses quickly pulled the male driver to safety before the car’s engine erupted in flames.

The man suffered a broken leg and chest injuries. He admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Brendan Dassey, found guilty this week in the murder of Teresa Halbach…

The adults who were called by a student with a cell-phone at Hamilton High School who then drove to the school and started fighting with students….

Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Jr.

Marvell Thomas.
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Jack Rhodes.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"If Congress wants to test my will as to whether I'll accept a timetable, I just won't accept one. I really think it's a mistake for Congress to tell military experts how to conduct a war."
President Bush vowing to veto any Congressional bill that includes a pullout from Iraq.

"Hopefully Teresa can now enjoy her time in heaven instead of worrying about us. We're sending both of them to prison."
Mike Halbach, Teresa's brother, after the Brendan Dassey guilty verdicts this week. Halbach said his family is relieved they no longer must endure months of court dates. Brendan Dassey was found guilty this week of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and second-degree sexual assault in the death of Teresa Halbach on Halloween in 2005 after she went to the family's auto salvage lot to photograph a vehicle for sale. Dassey’s uncle, Steven Avery was found guilty of Halbach’s murder last month.

"You want something for me to say, you want me to say something? I think the Halbachs set this s*** all up. I really do!"
Brendan Dassey’s mother, Barb Tadych, after her son was found guilty. Tadych lashed out at the media after the trial, slamming her fist on the hood of her car. She started to back out, then pulled forward, got out of her car and screamed at congregated reporters and photographers. She got back into her car and sped away.

"It had a swagger to it. You know, it has a long slender tail, flat face. It was definitely a cat."
Andy Smyczek, describing an animal seen in Franklin this week near 51st and Ryan Road. Other witnesses called it a lion or cougar. Authorities summoned to the scene found nothing.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Puppy mills sell sick dogs.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Wisconsin’s totally inept Department of Motor Vehicles.

From the Journal/Sentinel:

More than two years after installing a new computer system that cost twice as much as expected, the state Division of Motor Vehicles is still taking more than seven weeks to mail out license plates and vehicle titles - more than twice as long as it took before the system was installed, records show.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Rosie O’Donnell leaving “The View.”

Goodbye. Good riddance. Just leave.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

As usual, there were numerous possibilities. But this seemed to stick out. White men really can’t dance.


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

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