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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.

Goodbye Goldmann's, RIP Mitchell Street

Goldmann’s is closing after 111 years of business.

That’s very sad. It would be even sadder if Mitchell Street, once more popular and prestigious than Wisconsin Avenue, hadn’t died a long, long time ago.

I can say that because I grew up in the shadows of the golden domes of St. Stanislaus Church, the multi-storied Kunzelmann-Esser furniture store and the trolleys and streetcars. I lived the beauty, the buzz, the splendor of fabulous Mitchell Street. I have witnessed the slow, sad deterioration of a once proud street. Every Sunday, I return to Mitchell Street to attend mass at the only church I’ve ever belonged to, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 9th and Mitchell, directly across the street from Goldmann’s.

When I was a youngster, Mitchell Street was the ideal Main Street.

On 6th and Mitchell, on the corner was a Grebe’s Bakery. Their bakery wasn’t the greatest, but someone working there was a PR genius. In the window, every day, all day, was a spinning rotisserie with chickens, just dripping with natural juices. Many customers walked in wanting a cruller, but left with poultry.

Next door to Grebe’s was what everyone affectionately called, the “Sweet Shop.” Janet ran the “Sweet Shop,” just Janet, who had a long multi-syllabic Polish last name. I called her Janet.

You talk about a kid’s dream. The “Sweet Shop” had EVERYTHING! You walked in and there were only two long narrow corridors. In the middle of the store, some shelves with the basic packaged grocery goods. I never paid much attention. On the left as you walked in were Janet’s freezers, stocked with ice cream, and ice cream, and ice cream. Keep walking and you get to the front counter, where you checked out. Behind the counter, honest to goodness malted milk machines and a big refrigerator with every soda imaginable.

On the right side of the store, okay, I’m dating myself, a large, long glass case with “penny” candy. That’s right. “Penny” candy. If you had a quarter (and you probably didn’t because as a kid the most you had was probably a dime) you could pick out 25 different one-cent pieces of candy, and Janet would patiently and painstakingly place each morsel into a small brown paper bag. After each selection, Janet would tell you how much you had left to spend.

Janet sold the store a long time ago and now lives in New Berlin, not far from the childhood home of my wife’s best friend. Janet still talks with my mom often about the good ‘ol days.

Next to the “Sweet Shop,” was the Juneau Theater. When I was 6, I saw King Kong vs. Godzilla there and was afraid to go home. All I could think of was some giant reptile attacking me. I also saw a bunch of Elvis movies at the Juneau and had my first experience with Jujubes and Good and Plenty and all those other cool movie candies. Oh, and the idiot movie usher that flashed his light on you if you had your feet up on the empty seat in front of you. (Jerk!)

Down the block was Anton’s (Call me Max) men’s shop. Anton or Max (I never figured out who) was 5 foot 5, 150 pounds and wore a bird feeder on his head. I had no idea that when I’d ride my bike on Mitchell Street around his shop, he’d come out and keep an eye on me and report back to my mom.

There was Piasecki’s Record shop right across the alley from Anton’s. At Piasecki’s, I had one of the greatest experiences of my life. (Granted, I was only 6 or 7). My older brother took me, and to this day I’m not sure if he did it willingly or was instructed by mom, to Piasecki’s.

I remember it like it was yesterday. The glass door opened, and 1, 2, 3 steps down to a long, long, narrow aisle of stacks and stacks of wax. My brother helped me find, “Devil in Disguise,” by Elvis Presley. I walked up to the counter and took out what I believe was about 30 cents to pay Mr. Piasecki, who sported an accountant’s visor and a cigar whose aroma filled the store along with all that wonderful vinyl.

I seem to recall a Holzman’s Fur store on that block. The owner had curly white hair, huge black horn-rimmed glasses, a moustache, and a face that never smiled. I didn’t like him at all. I made sure I pedaled extra hard when I rode my bike past his window with the dead animal around the woman dummy’s neck, biting its own tail. Mr. Piasecki’s cigar was far more appealing.

The famous, “Irv the Working Man’s Friend,” was down the block, right across the street from Kunzelmann-Esser, a furniture store unrivaled in all of Wisconsin. They had a walkway inside the front windows that allowed you to walk inside (or in my case, ride my bike) without actually entering the store.

On 8th and Mitchell, Mayer-Krom, a men’s store my mom always dragged me to when she had to buy a gift for dad. My uncle Claude designed the displays in their windows.

On 9th and Mitchell, my parish church to this day, St. Anthony’s, a church so beautiful it brings tears to first time visitors. Across the street was the original Knight’s Popcorn. After school you’d hit Knight’s and hope you had enough for a soda and a bag of corn. If you were lucky, you had enough left over for a Mallo-Cup.

Up Mitchell on 10th was the “dime store,” officially known as F.W. Woolworth’s. My future sister-in-law, Bernie, actually worked there. I’d park and lock my bike in the alley behind Woolworth’s every week and run down the steps to the basement where they had the week’s top 100 45’s all in a row, ready for purchase. I’d smile when my favorite records climbed the charts. I’d moan when a favorite started to drop. Why wasn't I buying my 45’s at Piasecki’s? Piasecki’s had become a Mautz Paint store, and I lost all interest.

Next to Woolworth’s was the ultimate, Gimbel’s Schusters Department Store, floor after floor of really neat stuff, like the Tonka trucks in the toy department.

Kiddy corner from Gimbel’s Schuster’s was the Grand, a high class women’s clothing store where my godmother Auntie Anne once worked.

You had your Walgreen’s and Meurer’s Bakery and George Webb’s and an Oriental restaurant that mom said had the best egg foo yung, and a few “sausage stores,” and if you didn’t like what they were showing at the Juneau, you walked a few blocks to the Granada or the Modjeska theaters.

In the summer and fall, it was a must to hit the Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s where Mitchell intersected with Forest Home.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this unique bit of history from this special neighborhood. One block south of Mitchell is Maple Street. On the corner of 8th and Maple stood a single story red brick building, Graeven’s Bakery. This was the real McCoy. Grebe’s sold rotisserie chickens and mediocre donuts. Graeven’s was the cat’s pajamas of pastries.

But Graeven’s would do something unheard of on Friday nights in the summer months. All week long, the bakery would close up for the day around 5:00. Then on Friday nights in the summer, when the sun was down and evening darkness had arrived, a side door to the bakery on S. 8th Street would fly open. A baker clad in long white apron and white hat, full of flour would open that door to see a long line of people waiting in the hot, humid sticky night. These people should have been home sitting in front of a fan or parked near air conditioning. Instead, crazy south siders stood in line to get a chance to walk inside a hot steamy bakery to buy the only product on sale at 9:00……………hot rolls. You stood in line hoping and praying they wouldn’t run out before it was your turn.

My mother proudly talks about how she walked home with the bag of rolls held closely across her chest to keep them warm. When Mom arrived back home, though it was ungodly hot in the house, out came the butter, and we ate rolls.

Mitchell Street is, today, a busy street, but it’s nowhere near the same as it once was. There is an agency called the Mitchell Street Advancement Association whose job it is to promote and talk about the street in the most positive of terms. About 5 years ago, in the ultimate of “spin,” it announced Mitchell Street was enjoying a “renaissance.”

Please don’t insult me or my intelligence.

Not one of the stores I mentioned remains. There are no quality stores left. On the steps of the church I still attend every Sunday, a man was riddled with bullets. He bled to death in the arms of the parish pastor. At my church, the outdoor grotto on Mitchell Street is tarnished by garbage and litter tossed by irreverent and disrespectful punks. There are news stories of knifings and shootings, crime that was once unheard of on Mitchell.

Today, people who once did all their shopping on Mitchell Street drive by and keep driving. They reminisce and feel great pain and sorrow to see what has happened to this once wonderful street.

So Goldmann’s is closing. Yes, it’s sad. But it was bound to happen. Everything else that was truly great died on Mitchell Street a long time ago. Goldmann’s just happened to survive a lot longer.

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HEROES OF THE WEEK


Isabel Jacobson


Cole Baldwin

Yvette Workman


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

MIlwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Jr.

Garrett Huff

Oscar Ayala-Cornejo, alias Jose Morales

Phony military heroes

Whoever did this

Andrew Speaker

Mexican audience at the Miss Universe Pageant


QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"That (expletive) needs some quick-sanding”
Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee in a conversation caught on wiretap discussing a plan to kill a man who burglarized a colleague’s home.

"I don't have a degree in street terminology, but the intent is pretty clear. That is a substantial battery."
Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, about threatening comments Mike McGee made on tape.

"Big oil has been gouging us for years now. This oil company franchise fee is the way for us to go."
State Senator Russ Decker (D-Schofield) as the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved a tax on oil companies. That’s what it is, a tax, even though Decker refused to call it that.

"Let's be honest here: The people we represent are the ones who are going to be paying this franchise fee. At $3.49 a gallon, I'm not really interested in adding 5 or 7 cents a gallon to that price."
State Representative Dan Meyer (R-Eagle River) said drivers would pay up to 7 cents more per gallon of gas when the oil tax was passed on to them.

"Nobody's buying the con job anymore that we're going after big oil.”
State Representative Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake)

“All we’re asking is let us run our businesses as we see fit.”
Ed Thompson, former Governor Tommy Thompson’s brother and owner of Mr. Ed’s Tee-Pee restaurant and bar in Tomah, testifying before a state Senate committee this week against a proposed smoking ban in all public places.

“You can eat too many French fries. Do you close down McDonald’s?”
Sharon Ward, owner of Wardski’s Bar in Milwaukee told the Senate committee a smoking ban would drive smoking customers away, resulting in the loss of up to 70 percent of her revenue.

"I don't expect for people to ever forgive me. I just hope that they understand that I truly never meant to put them in harm."
Andrew Speaker, the Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis apologized to fellow airline passengers. He insisted he was told before he set out for his wedding in Europe that he was no danger to anyone. Speaker's new father-in-law, Robert C. Cooksey, is a CDC microbiologist whose specialty is TB and other bacteria.

"I appreciate his apology, but I wish he hadn't been so selfish in his actions to get on that plane and put so many people at risk. If somebody told me not to fly, I would not have gotten on a plane."
Caitlin Lindberg, a passenger on board Speaker's flight to Paris.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Not only the entire fiasco surrounding Milwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Jr., but the fact that constituents in his district still support him and are finding all kinds of ridiculous excuses to defend him.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Governor Doyle’s promised property tax freeze failed to do the job……..for the second year in a row.

A politician breaks a promise (I call that lying) for two straight years. Where’s the press coverage?


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

TIE: Rosie O’Donnell leaving “The View,” and this.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Thief robs woman, asks her out
The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — A thief found out the hard way that robbing a woman isn't the best way to capture her heart.
Two men robbed a U-Haul store around 3 p.m. Sunday, taking an unspecified amount of cash, according the store's owner. But instead of fleeing, one man lingered and tried to strike up a conversation with the woman he had just robbed.

"He stuck around and was trying to get the female employee's number," U-Haul general manager Patrick Sobocinski said. "She said he was just saying, 'Hey baby, you're pretty fine.'"

According to Sobocinski, one robber went behind the counter, put his hands around both employees' waists and demanded money.

The robber forced one employee to open the register and grabbed cash. Then he forced the workers to the ground and fled, but his accomplice waited for a few moments and then asked one clerk whether she'd go out with him, he said.

"She said he was saying, 'Can I get your number and go out sometime,'" Sobocinski said.

No surprise ending here — the woman turned him down, and he fled.

And the shoe-sniffer.



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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HEROES OF THE WEEK

On Monday, a plane traveling from Milwaukee to Michigan - carrying a team of two transplant surgeons, two technicians and two pilots - nose-dived into Lake Michigan, killing all six people. The team was returning to Ann Arbor with a donated organ for transplant.

This took a great deal of courage.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Whoever abused an elderly woman at a West Allis nursing home.

Whoever pulled off a security breach at Cedarburg High School.




QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"Mom! It’s not right!"
Paris Hilton was spotted crying when she was driven from her house to court, and the crying continued in the courtroom. Despite both of her parents being there for support, she fought back tears throughout the entire proceedings. In addition, she was rocking back and forth and was visibly shaking. Once Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered her returned to jail to serve her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case, Hilton completely broke down, screaming and crying.

"Paris Hilton did more time because of who she is. Actually, she is getting special treatment, but not in the way people think. She actually served almost twice or three times as much time as anybody would on a 45-day sentence. … The fact remains that if she was Paris Coreen instead of Paris Hilton, she wouldn't have done more than 12 hours. What the story is for real — the kind of understory is that the jail is overcrowded and the sheriff doesn't have enough funding. He is managing and he is making decisions and he is making pretty good decisions from where I sit. Because frankly, when Paris Hilton was released, I don't want to go home and lock the doors. I would rather keep people in there who are a threat than those who are clearly not. Who are you going to let go? Are you going to let go serious felons? Are you going to let go predators? No, of course not. I don't think there is anybody sitting here thinking right now, 'Oh my God. Paris Hilton is on the street. I better watch out!'"
Famed Los Angeles defense attorney Mark Geragos said Paris Hilton is being treated too harshly -- by the courts, by the media and by the general public.

“When you have a large increase it gives people the incentive to look for other places from which to purchase their cigarettes”
Bill Phelps, spokesman for Phillip Morris USA, on the proposed cigarette tax increase in Wisconsin, adding that consumers might turn to other states, the Internet and Native American outlets to find cheaper cigarettes.

”The affirmative action bureaucracy has grown beyond its original intent. Affirmative action began in the 1960s when there was racism against black people. Now it tells people that they are first and foremost a racial or ethnic group and therefore entitled to benefits. That's a dangerous place to go."
Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), chairman of the Special Committee on Affirmative Action. The committee this week considered plans to require racial or ethnic minorities applying to the UW System or state contracting agencies to prove they are at least 25% that race or ethnicity to receive preferential consideration, require racial or ethnic minorities applying to the UW System to demonstrate "knowledge or experience" of their racial or ethnic group to receive preferential consideration, and prohibit the UW System from considering the race or ethnicity of an applicant unless the applicant proves that his or her family makes less than 400% of the federal poverty level ($80,000 for a family of four).

”For too long child predators have been watching our children, and it's time for us to start watching them back.”
State Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), who helped craft the GPS bill last year. It was signed into law, but later gutted by Governor Doyle. A GPS compromise passed 16-0 this week in the Joint Finance Committee.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The vast majority of the American public realized how awful the immigration reform bill was. It amounted to an amnesty program. And yet because of a large number of out-of-touch U.S. Senators, it came very close to becoming the law of the land. Scary.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Those poor Indian casinos.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Of course, Paris Hilton.

Bill O’Reilly led with it last night.

Even Greg Kowalski and I blogged about her!



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Woman arrested for making faces at dog.


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HEROES OF THE WEEK

We have several this week, beginning with Chris Cook of Mukwonago who receives the Bronze Medal Star today in Elkhorn.

Cook is a retired Wisconsin National Guard member who was injured in Iraq in 2004. Chris will be receiving the Bronze Star Medal with V device (for valor) for his actions the day he was injured, which saved the lives of the other service members from Bravo Company, 118th Medical Battalion in his convoy.

Wisconsin Public Television did a documentary that featured Cook and the events from 2004. It aired last week. You can see Parts 1 and 4 of War Story: An In Wisconsin Special. This page will allow you to link to those segments. Producer Frederica Freyberg tells the story of two Wisconsin National Guardsmen who served in Iraq.

• Part 1 - The Battle (7:58)
• Part 4 - Insult to Injury (5:43)


Also making the list of heroes this week, Amy Gray.

Brookfield grad found man being mauled by grizzly
By JODY L. MAYERS Waukesha Freeman Staff


BROOKFIELD – Armed with a stuffed grizzly bear in one hand and a package of Teddy Grahams cookies in another, 19-year-old Amy Gray made her way to St. Johns’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyo., Thursday to visit the man she helped save after he was mauled by a grizzly bear.

“He was really in good spirits and the happiest bear attack victim I’ve ever met,” Gray said during a telephone interview Thursday.

Gray, a 2006 Brookfield Central High School graduate, encountered a mother grizzly bear and three of her nearly adult young while driving a chuck wagon with a fellow coworker Wednesday morning at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

“I noticed the bears all standing on their hind legs so I slammed on my brakes which scared them away and I tried to grab my camera,” she said. “At first I thought I was lucky to see them so close until I saw a man running down a cliff.”

That man, who saw the victim being attacked, helped Gray and her co-worker get him into the truck and drive back for help.

“He was bleeding pretty bad and had chunks of flesh missing from his behind and thigh and his back was chewed up,” she said. “He is lucky to be alive. I was told one of the bites was an inch from puncturing his lungs but his injuries were all external.”

Steven Gray talked to his daughter after the attack Wednesday morning and was stunned by the event his daughter unfolded to him over the phone.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I was scared for her, but at the same time happy about what she had the guts to do.”

Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said the victim of the bear attack, 54-year old Dennis Van-Denbos of Wyoming, was on his way back from a hike when he noticed an elk in distress.

“As he got closer he noticed the bear and her cubs feeding on the carcass,” she said. “That is when she responded in a defensive matter.”

Skaggs said elk are seen regularly throughout the park, especially this time of year when they birth their calves.

“The mother bear can become defensive if she feels threatened or is surprised,” she said. “We do know of this particular bear, and she has never caused problems in the past. (VanDenbos) just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The area of the attack as well as the service trail will be closed until further notice, Skaggs said.

Amy Gray, who will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point studying to be a dietitian, said she will never forget what happened during her 2007 summer job.

“I was just running on adrenaline,” she said. “It was the scariest moment in my life.”
Steven Gray said his daughter demonstrates the type of qualities that would propel her in the direction of her most recent deed and said it is no surprise.

“For her senior trip while all her classmates decided to go to Florida, Amy asked my wife (Caron) and I if she could go to Tanzania to help orphans whose parents have died from AIDS,” he said. “That’s just the type of person she has always been.”

Caron Gray who said her daughter has a passion for the outdoors said she and her husband will think twice when they take a highly anticipated bear tour to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park to visit Amy in August.

“The funny thing is, she was nervous about bears before she took this job and I told her it was nothing to worry about,” she said. “Of course when she called to tell us what had happened I felt awful. I felt like I was setting her up to be bait. You never think something like this will happen. I’m so proud of her.”

Amy Gray said the memory alone is not enough for her.

“It’s my first summer away from home and this happened,” she said. “I think I’m going to get a grizzly bear tattoo to remember it by.”


And, Michael Schultz of New Berlin



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Murder and child abuse suspects in Portage.

Those who ignored a woman who bled to death in a California hospital’s emergency room.

Peter Braunstein

Roy Pearson

The West Bend School Board



QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"I guarantee you that Wisconsin will not fall into the sea if we end up with no budget. Prisoners will not be let out of prison."
State Representative Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), on what would happen if state legislators can’t agree on a state budget. He said he's willing to do whatever it takes to stop tax increases proposed by Governor Doyle.


”When you've already proposed tax hikes of $3 billion, what's a few million more? This is the cavalier philosophy of legislative Democrats who expect Wisconsin's families to foot the bill for their $3 billion wish list.

Undeterred by criticism from Republicans and taxpayers alike about a tax-and-spend agenda that costs every man, woman and child in Wisconsin another $536, Democrats pushed to add $75 million in new tax dollars to their proposed slush fund. Democrats now want Wisconsin companies to pay state income taxes for subsidiaries that are not located in Wisconsin and are not doing business here.

In their state budget proposal, Governor Jim Doyle and the Democrats already are pushing to raise your taxes when you get sick, drive a car, sell a house, get a post-high school degree, download a song, or even throw out the garbage. They even want to raise taxes on small businesses that file their taxes on paper rather than electronically. A tax on filing your taxes!”

Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem)


” Doyle is the Barry Bonds of the league. He's got a powerful swing, but that doesn't make him universally popular. His steroid-enhanced veto pen allows him to control the game in the bottom of the ninth if he wishes. Doyle's ability to delete individual words and numbers in the final budget - decried by critics as the "Frankenstein veto" - give him enormous power to shape state spending no matter what the Legislature intends.”
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in an editorial


” We complain about paying $3.50 per gallon of gas to oil companies reporting record profits and paying exorbitant salaries to executives. But we think nothing of paying $150 to the Packers for a seat at Lambeau Field to watch overpaid athletes. Where is the price gouging?

Governor Doyle has claimed: "Big oil companies have been reaping huge profits on the backs of middle-class families for years." (evidently it does not affect low or high class families). In fact, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that oil companies earned a profit of about ten cents a gallon the last time prices jumped above $3. There is no reason to believe that number has increased dramatically recently.
The state of Wisconsin gas tax is 38 cents per gallon, nearly four times what oil companies make. Who is doing the gouging?”

Oshkosh Northwestern community columnist David Hayford


"I think it shows the vulnerability of a stand alone Midwest. The whole purpose of our actions from the get-go is to try to build a stronger airline for both us and them."
AirTran CEO and Chairman Joe Leonard after Midwest showed lower earnings in the second quarter. Leonard says the report reinforces the belief that the Midwest board should consider AirTran’s offer of cash and stock in a deal worth about $389 million


”A liberal is a person who is so broad-minded that he won’t take his own side in an argument.”
Seen on a bumper sticker around town this week. The author is Robert Frost.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

A woman lies on the floor of a Los Angeles hospital emergency room. She’s ignored as she bleeds to death. The 9-1-1 tapes cause an uproar.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Wisconsin has the largest budget deficit in the country. See paragraph three.

Gee, I guess the Journal/Sentinel missed that front page story.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The last episode of the Sopranos.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Can you be arrested for “embracing while driving?” Apparently you can.


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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HEROES OF THE WEEK


The Franklin Police Department

Two sex offenders appeared on the state website listing addresses in Franklin within the restricted residency limits imposed by Franklin’s sex offender ordinance. Officers immediately visited these registrants and advised them of the ordinance. They were advised that if they did not move out immediately, that legal action based on the ordinance would be initiated. Both registrants moved out of the city.

Franklin police also found out that a person convicted of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and Sexual Contact with a Child over 16 was selling ice cream from an ice cream truck throughout the city. He was located and stopped on the second day of his job and advised of the Child Safety Zone section of the ordinance. His employer was also informed of the ordinance. He was terminated that day and is no longer selling ice cream in Franklin.

Franklin’s sex offender ordinance is working.

Also making the heroes list, the 600 athletes in town for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. My friend, Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio produced a piece on the Games that aired today on NPR's Weekend Edition. Click "Listen" to hear Chuck's piece.


And, Marty Rukavina.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The thugs at Juneteenth Day

Candace Clark

Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los anegles


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"It is insane that people would act this way. It is something that is not a plus for the city at all. Obviously it is negative for the city.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, finally reacting to the Juneteenth Day riot. His comments came three days after the incident.

"Matter of fact, I met with the police department today and we're putting a plan together and a strategy for the next year so this kind of thing does not happen again. I really felt bad for the young man who was caught up in that foolishness. I prayed for him."
Juneteenth Day organizer Mack Weddle.

"It does, unfortunately, stain the event. But nevertheless, it is a great event."
Milwaukee Common Council President, Alderman Willie Hines defending Juneteenth Day.

"If you can't drive your car down any street in this city without being yanked out of it and viciously beaten, there is a problem.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the problem is crime in the city as a whole.

"I'm not a monster. Jesus Christ, I'm not."
Candace Clark, accused of killing and burying Tammie Garlin behind a house in Portage.

"I don't want to hurt no more."
According to the criminal complaint filed in the West Oneida Street case in Portage, that's what the severely abused 11-year-old boy who lived in the house told the medical director of the University of Wisconsin Hospital Child Protection Program during an interview. Dr. Barbara L. Knox examined and interviewed the boy. The physical examination showed grossly burned areas of the body, including the scalp, with significant new and old injuries from serial beatings and malnourishment. Here’s the story.


"I think the Republicans have got to realize that sometimes you just have to pay the bills and take care of the needs of the people of the state of Wisconsin.”
Joint Finance Committee co-chairman Sen. Russ Decker, (D-Schofield) on the state budget.

"People say the sky will fall, the sky will fall, but no it (won't). The problem isn't that we don't tax enough, the problem is that we spend too much."
State Representative Kitty Rhoades, (R-Hudson) co-chairwoman of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, commenting on the Assembly’s no new taxes pledge. Rhodes says the Assembly version of the budget likely won't include most of Governor Doyle’s major new proposals to expand Medicaid and the University of Wisconsin System.

“In 2006, Governor Jim Doyle told taxpayers all over Wisconsin that he deserved to be reelected because he had balanced the state budget without raising taxes. If that was true, then why is he raising more than $1.6 billion in higher taxes and fees in this budget?

In fact, over the next two years, with natural revenue growth, new and higher taxes and fees and increased federal tax funds, this budget will extract $5.7 billion from the private economy and use it just to grow government.

This budget is a classic battle between the tax payers and the tax takers. Unfortunately, the tax-takers will win again.”

State Senators Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) and Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay).

“Apart from the troubling constitutional questions this budget proposal raises, from a public opinion standpoint Wisconsin residents are convinced this will hit them in the pocketbook. Our research shows consumers currently have less money left at the end of each month than they did a year ago, and they believe the net effect of a gross receipts tax on oil will only make matters worse.”
Kennan Wood, executive vice president of Wood Communications Group. According to a recent survey by Wood Communications Group, more than four out of five people agree that any additional tax on oil companies will show up in the form of higher prices at the pump. When asked whether they believed provisions in the law would effectively stop oil companies from passing the tax along or whether the tax would push retail gas prices higher, 82 percent of residents said, “Consumers would pay.”

”Simply put, as a government and elementary school teacher, I came here today because I care deeply about the way our state makes policy. I want to believe the lecture I give my own students when I say Wisconsin is a model for the nation for creating an efficient, effective and equitable government structure."
Steve Gores testifying before the state Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations, asking the committee to support a proposed constitutional amendment to do curb the veto powers of Wisconsin’s governor, often called the Frankenstein veto. Senate Democrats have been delaying action on the amendment.

” What happens if every city, town and village in the Fox Valley passes similar laws, leaving only a small percentage of each municipality open to sex offenders?

Serious sex offenders usually are monitored for life, meaning the number of them in a given area will almost certainly grow by leaps and bounds. Do we keep intending to shoehorn them into the same few square blocks deemed far enough away from potential victims?

A slippery slope leads you to a 21st century leper colony, a city created somewhere remote solely for sex offenders to reside far from children. If and when it comes to that, there may be more than a few people who are all for that idea.”

An editorial in the Appleton Post-Crescent. And yes, I’d be all for that idea.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The riot at Juneteenth Day.

It’s difficult to point the finger at Juneteenth Day organizers. The festival ended at 6:00 pm, the riot broke out at 8:00 pm. A group of thugs and punks who acted like wild animals had their brutal actions witnessed by millions on national newscasts, making Milwaukee look like a city out of control.

What happened this week is more a reflection of a city with a Mayor and other so-called leaders who have refused to address the city’s most serious problem, violent crime, than it is of a troubled festival. It took three days for Mayor Tom Barrett to finally come out and say something about the riot. Police Chief Nan Hegerty has yet to say anything.

On the other hand, a riot will never happen outside Polish Fest, German Fest, Irish Fest, Festa Italiana…..

Also, just how easy is it for an illegal immigrant to get into this country from Mexico? Very.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Governor Doyle this week said that he plans on making sure 98 percent of all Wisconsin residents have health care coverage by next year underneath his proposed health care initiative.

Doyle made the comments at a town hall meeting with Waukesha residents at the GE Healthcare Institute to discuss his plans for making Wisconsin America’s health care leader.

"By ensuring every child has health insurance, expanding health care coverage to more adults and making health care premiums tax free, we will make Wisconsin America’s health care leader," Doyle said.

Question: why doesn’t someone in the press grill the Governor whenever he makes such a proposal by asking him how much is this going to cost, and how in the world are we going to pay for it?


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Republicans in the Assembly say they are in no hurry to pass a state budget, and vow to eventually approve a no new taxes budget. The mainstream media’s response: The GOP is trying to block the budget.

No.

The GOP is trying to block Governor Doyle’s budget that contains $1.75 billion in tax and fee increases.

That’s a good thing.

But instead, the liberal media kept using terms this week like, “block,” and, “obstruct” to paint the GOP as the bad guys.

Forgive Republicans if they don’t just lie down and take the Governor’s obscene tax and spend budget.

Yes, the state budget will be late.

No, it won’t be done by the end of the fiscal year, July 1.

No, state government won’t shut down.

No, the sky isn’t falling, it’s not the end of the world.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

And the most ironic.



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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


The Senators who killed the horrendous amnesty (immigration) bill.

9-year old boy saves sister from attack

Juma Gul



VILLAIN OF THE WEEK

Chris Benoit


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"When I said that Gov. Doyle's budget is a bad document many months ago . . . I was wrong. What we have before us today makes it far worse."
Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, on the Senate Democrats’ budget package that included a $15.2 billion universal health care proposal.


"That's $6 billion less for consumers to spend, and $6 billion less that they could invest."
Republican Senator Mike Ellis of Neenah said the Democrats' budget would let state government spend up to $6 billion more over the next two years.


"This is not a family friendly budget. This is not a taxpayer friendly budget. When families find out what's going to come out of their pocketbook, they're going to freak."
State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills)


”Lukewarm”
The word used by State Senator John Erpenbach (D-Middleton) the chief sponsor of the universal health care plan to describe Governor Doyle’s response to the proposal.


“This proposal would have a devastating effect on small businesses. It would inhibit job growth and hold down wages.”
Bill Smith, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business on the universal health care plan.


“The plan was conceived in secret, without Republican input, without meaningful hearings, and dropped on senators' heads at the last possible moment - a muscular exercise in raw partisanship.”
From an editorial in he Beloit Daily News


”On every issue their approach was the same:
Gas prices are high: so senate Democrats raised gas taxes even higher ($277 million). Drivers are feeling a pinch: Democrats raised registration fees on cars ($168 million) and trucks ($26.7 million).

Health care costs are squeezing consumers: senate liberals imposed a 1% hospital tax ($418 million) and turned over all the rest of the bills to government, which has done such a great job controlling costs ($15.2 billion).

The housing market is slumping: Democrats doubled the real estate transfer fee ($142 million.)

Job growth is lagging and wages have fallen below the national average: the newly-empowered progressives slapped a 10% tax hike on corporations ($90 million) and a $15 billion tax on payrolls and wage earners.

Smokers refuse to listen to the health nannies, so the senate stuck them with a tax hike as well ($450 million.)

For every problem, senate Democrats had same solution: let the government do it; trust government to spend money rather than consumers. Grow the bureaucracy; demonize business; shrink the private sector.”

WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes


” The governor's campaign says it'll keep the money it received from Dennis Troha, who has been charged with campaign law violations in other cases. Not exactly the high road. Governor Jim Doyle should still divest his campaign of the money given to it by the Kenosha businessman who was involved in a proposed casino that ultimately would have required the governor's OK.”
From an editorial in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel.


“This is not an act of rage. This is an act of deliberation. There was no way of telling this man was a monster.”
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon commenting on pro wrestler Chris Benoit who killed his wife and 7-year old son and then himself.


”It might be the year 2015 before people have the courage to deal with this.”
Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colorado, one the so-called “grand bargainers” who crafted the failed immigration bill.


“One reason the Senate bill failed was that an amnesty would draw in millions of more illegal immigrants. Now we should focus on really enforcing existing laws and building the border fence.''
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, California.


“It appears that even the deaf ears in the United States Senate were able to hear the roar of outrage from the American people about the pro-immigrant invasion bill they were trying to foist on us. The only hope we had was that the American people would hold their elected officials accountable and that worked.”
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, California.


"It was a very traumatic experience, but I feel like God does make everything happen for a reason. And it gave me a time-out in life just to really find out what was important and what I want to do and find out who I am. I have a new outlook on life.”
Paris Hilton, on her jail experience, in an interview with CNN’s Larry King.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

State Senate Democrats propose, with little time for the public and the news media to sort through the many details, a $15.2 billion universal health care coverage plan that would be funded by a payroll tax on employers and their workers.

The Tax Foundation in Washington D.C. called the $15.2 billion tax increase the largest tax increase in the history of the United States.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced he was dropping his plan for an oil industry gross profits tax. Rendell is a Democrat.

Will Jim Doyle get the message?


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Paris Hilton is in jail.

Paris Hilton is going to get out of jail.

Paris Hilton is now out of jail.

Here’s how Paris Hilton survived jail.

Here’s what Paris Hilton snacked on while in jail.

Here’s what Paris Hilton thought about God when she was in jail.

Blah blah blah blah blah.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Cops pull over the famous Wienermobile, thinking it was stolen.

The Tucson newspaper coverage is loaded with puns.



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