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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.

Photos of the Week (04/20/14)

Photos of the Week

1) A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade towards Via della Conciliazione avenue, top, during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's traditional Easter greeting . At left is the Apostolic Palace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)


2) Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014.  Photo: Andrew Medichini


3) Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe the Holy Fire is a miracle that occurs every year at the church when a blue light is said to emanate from within the Tomb of Christ and quickly spreads around the church and outside to Jerusalem and even to foreign countries. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre stands on the site where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, entombed and resurrected. Photo: FINBARR O'REILLY / Reuter


4) Catholic devotees kneel before a makeshift altar of Christ as a form of penance during holy week on April 17, in Pampanga, Philippines. The bloody practice is a form of reenactment of Christ's suffering before being nailed to the cross. Although the act of self-mortification is condemned by the Catholic church and frowned upon in the modern age, thousands of Filipino faithful still practice it to this day as a form of popular piety and has become a part of Philippine tradition in Asia's largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)


5) Pope Francis lies on the ground during the celebration of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday at Saint Peter's basilica, at the Vatican, April 18. On Good Friday Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (STEFANO RELLANDINI/EPA)


6) Actor James Burke-Dunsmore of the Wintershall Players performs "The Passion of Jesus" for crowds in London's Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. Good Friday is observed by Christians as the anniversary of the crucifixion. The Wintershall Players production of "The Passion of Jesus" includes a cast of 80 actors, horses, a donkey and authentic costumes of Roman soldiers in the 12th Legion of the Roman Army.  Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images


7) Christians re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Mumbai, India. Photo: Rajanish Kakade / AP


8) Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like  a slave."  Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican's own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus' 12 apostles were men. But as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio frequently performed the ritual on women — a practice that he seems intent on keeping up now that he is pope. The 2014 edition brought Francis to a center for the disabled and elderly in Rome. Francis kneeled down, washed, dried and kissed the feet of a dozen people, some in wheelchairs, some with grossly swollen and disfigured feet. Photo: AP


9) Orthodox Christian women put their heads down on a marble stone inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during Holy Week, April 15. The ancient church is the accepted place of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, burial and resurrection. This year’s Roman Catholics and all the Christian Orthodox faiths celebrate Holy Week at the same time and Jerusalem's Old City is filled with faithful and pilgrims. (JIM HOLLANDER/EPA)


10) Penitents from the brotherhood of "Cristo de la Buena Muerte" take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 15. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. Photo: Andres Kudacki / AP


11) A couple walks near a sand sculpture that depicts the scene of “The Kiss of Judas” during Holy Week celebrations in Arenal de Cochiraya, on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia. Hundreds of artists and art students gathered for the annual Good Friday event to build sand sculptures based on Biblical stories. Photo: DAVID MERCADO


12) People wave leaves during celebrations marking the Christian feast of Palm Sunday in Laguna on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerifeon, on Sunday, April 13, 2014. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path. The day kicks off Holy Week.  Photo: Desiree Martin / AFP - Getty Images


13) Children take part in a religious procession to mark Palm Sunday in St. Petersburg, April 13. More than 2000 children from Orthodox religious schools, cadets of the Suvorov military school and the Nakhimov naval school took part in a religious procession and a liturgy at St. Isaac's Cathedral. Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion. Photo: Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters


14) Pope Francis is hugged by a child at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims have joined Pope Francis in a solemn Palm Sunday service in St. Peter's Square. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, which culminates next Sunday on Easter. Francis used a pastoral staff made of wood carved by Italian prison inmates, who donated it to him. The pope is determined to put people on the margins of life at the center of the Roman Catholic church's attention. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


15) Ultra-Orthodox Jews knead dough in a matzah bakery in the Belz Hasidic dynasty in Jerusalem, Israel, April 14, as part of the preparation for the high holiday of Passover at sunset this evening. Religious Jewish families as well store and restaurant owners removed all traces of 'chametz' (unleavened food) prior to the Passover feast, which commemorates the Israelites' exodus from ancient Egypt. (ABIR SULTAN/EPA)


16) South Korean Coast Guard and rescue teams search for missing passengers at the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 17, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least six people are reported dead, with 290 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


17) South Korean navy personnel  try to install buoys to mark the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea. Hundreds of ferry passengers were still missing Friday and feared dead as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. Photo: jsonline.com


18) Students from Danwon High School and others attend a candlelight vigil to wish for the safe return of missing passengers from the South Korean ferry Sewol, which sank in the sea off Jindo, at a park in Ansan, South Korea, on Saturday. The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Some relatives of the more than 200 children still missing on the sunken ferry offered DNA swabs to help identify the dead. Thirty-two people are known to have died.  Photo:  Reuters


19) World War II veteran Frank Dechant, 91, is comforted by his cousin Carol Dechant Young following a ceremony at which Dechant received the United States Prisoner of War Medal, in Lakewood, Colo., Monday April 14, 2014. Dechant was captured in Belgium in 1944 during the infamous Battle of the Bulge, in which there were more than 80,000 American casualties. Liberation for Dechant came in April 1945 after a two-month, forced march ahead of the Soviet advance into Germany. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


20) Christy Brugger greets her husband, Lt. Mike Brugger, as the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-37 return to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va., on Thursday. Deployed as part of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, the squadron participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and several multinational exercises in support of maritime security operations. Photo: Steve Earley


21) lliana Sheren, 6, cleans up the remains of a play house on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in the Swartz Creek, Mich., area after a severe storm passed through south Genesee County.  A wave of severe thunderstorms blew across the southern half of Michigan, knocking out power to at least 174,000 homes and businesses and shutting down parts of two interstate highways because of fallen power lines. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Samuel Wilson)


22) On a windy and rainy day in Boston, the city marked a year since the attack at the Marathon. Two homemade bombs killed three and injured more than 250 people near the finish line last year. At 2:49 p.m. on Tuesday, Boston police officers held their hands up in salute and former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, current Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Vice President Joe Biden, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick stood together with members of the victims' families during the flag raising ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Mass. Photo: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images


23) Sharon Neary, of Rochester, New York, cries while watching a billboard television screen broadcasting the ceremony commemorating the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15. Neary said she was standing near the site of the bombing before it went off. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


24) Ashland, Mass. police officers guard a memorial wreath at the site of the first bomb explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 in Boston. Vice President Joe Biden attended ceremonies Tuesday to honor victims, first responders, and doctors and nurses who helped them, following the April 15, 2013 bombings, during a tribute in Boston. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)


25) Boston Police officer James Kenneally gave Joe Jackson of Dorchester, Mass., a high five as he watched the parade of people who came from the ceremony at the Hynes Auditorium on their way to the flag ceremony at the finish line. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe)


26) A running shoe with a bouquet of flowers is left beside the barricades in front of Marathon Sports where the first bomb went off near the Boston Marathon finish line on the one-year anniversary of the bombings. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe)


27) A passer-by walks past yellow and blue crocheted hearts that hang from a lamp post in front of the Forum restaurant near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 14, 2014, in Boston. The restaurant was damaged after one of the bombs exploded in front of the building during the race April 15, 2013.  Photo: Steven Senne | AP


28) Runner's shoes are laid out in a display titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


29) Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile and his bride, Jennifer Regan, leave after their wedding ceremony at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Fucarile, a 35-year-old roofer, lost his right leg from above the knee in the bombing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


30) Edmond Aviv sits on a street corner holding a sign Sunday, April 13, 2014, in South Euclid, Ohio declaring he's a bully, a requirement of his sentence because he was accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years. Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Aviv, 62, to display the sign for five hours Sunday. It says: "I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in." (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


31) Indian villagers roll on wild thorns placed on a road to punish themselves as part of a ritual during the annual Danda festival or the festival of self punishment in Khurda village some 15 miles from the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Sunday, 13 April 2014. Villagers perform acts of punishing themselves during this fifteen day long festival as they pray for the well being of their families.(AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)


32) First lady Michelle Obama has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt during a visit with children at the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Photo:  Reuters


33) A 3-year-old boy feared missing by his mother was found safe and sound inside an arcade claw machine in Nebraska on Tuesday. Police were called to a home in Lincoln, Neb., on a report of a missing child, according to NBC affiliate WOWT. At the same time, employees at nearby Madsen's Bowling and Billiards found the missing child playing with toys inside their claw machine, where he became stuck after apparently crawling inside. The boy's mother told police she was in the bathroom and that the boy must have slipped out of an unlocked apartment door. The boy was freed from the claw machine without injury and reunited with his mother. Photo: WOWT


34) Pope Francis, flanked, by 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli, right, and Davide Maria Bianchi, blesses faithful aboard the pope-mobile during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt from their school. Seemingly joking, Francis asked if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square. "Me! Me! Me!" they yelled. Francis picked 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi and the two hopped aboard. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


35) A man takes a photo of his children as the 'Blood Moon' rises over Melbourne, Australia. The eclipse, resulting in the moon appearing to be an orange-red color, is due to a perfect alignment of the sun, earth and moon, known as 'syzygy'. Photos: Scott Barbour / Getty Images and UA Mt. Lemmon Sky Center


36) Photographer Mike Mezeul II produced this composite time lapse image of the lunar eclipse over a bluebonnet field in Ennis, Texas on April 15. Mezeul photographed the eclipse in 10 minutes intervals, spending a total of seven hours in the field capturing the moon's transitions. "It was somewhere around 4 a.m., I was standing in the middle of this bluebonnet field, freezing my tail off," he recalls. "I started to have doubts that the shot I had imagined wouldn't come together. I wondered to myself, 'what in the heck am I doing here?'" But Mezuel pulled it off. Tuesday's total lunar eclipse was the first in more than two years to turn the moon into a cosmic red ball, and  skywatchers everywhere went out to witness the phenomenon.


37) Thousands of Filipinos joined hands to light over 50,000 candles in the name of world peace Monday night, as they attempted to set a new world record. Bamboo torches containing a total of 56,680 candles were set out to form a giant map of the Philippines and the message "World Peace Through Inner Peace" in a dark, muddy field in Iloilo city. Guinness World Records has yet to authenticate the attempt. According to the organization's website, the current record is using 35,478 candles. Photo: Surasit Kosuwan / The Middle Way Meditation Institute via AP


38) Britain's Prince William looks over the cliff edge as he and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, observe abseiling and team building exercises at Narrow Neck Lookout near Katoomba, Australia, Thursday, April 17. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (AP Photo/Ryan Pierse, Pool). Here's another look. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


39) Colorado Rockies players come out of the dugout as fans throw punches during a fight in the stands that briefly delayed the Rockies' baseball game against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning Thursday, April 17, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


40) People watch rabbits jump through an obstacle course at the traditional Easter market of the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, on Monday. Holy Week, the week before the Easter holiday, is celebrated in many Christian traditions. Photo: DAVID W CERNY / Reuters


41) A rabbit fails to clear an obstacle during a bunny hop competition at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


42) A diver dressed as the Easter Bunny swims among sharks, rays and other species of fish in the Shipwreck habitat, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa, a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. The performance is part of the Easter celebrations.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)


43) Inspired by themes such as “Where’s Waldo,” a globe, and a taxi cab, 268 egg sculptures sit around New York City waiting to be discovered. The Big Egg Hunt is the world’s largest egg expedition and features Fabergé eggs designed by architects, famous artists, photographers and even students. Seachers such as Bernadette Rey Lara hope to be the first to uncover all the eggs in the quickest amount of time in order to win an 18-carat white gold Fabergé egg-inspired necklace. The priceless piece features 435 diamonds and 42 gemstones.  This is  the "Egg Globe" sculpture by Bellerby Globe Makers. Photo: Bernadette Rey Lara


44) A visitor prepares to take a picture of three red ruffed lemurs sitting on a fence to take in the warmth of the spring sun, at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)


45) A staff member conducts a medical exam on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on Wednesday. The orangutan was rescued the day before. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners and over 200 have been reintroduced into the wild. The critically-endangered primate population is dwindling rapidly due to poaching and rapid destruction of their forest habitat as it is converted into palm oil plantations. Photo: SUTANTA ADITYA / AFP - Getty Image


46) Star Wars characters stand in front of the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit on Monday, April 14, 2014 in Detroit. Tickets for a special concert in Detroit featuring director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams sold out in record time. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says tickets to the show were snapped up 15 minutes after they went on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Monday. That's a Detroit Symphony box-office record. Fans camped out overnight for the June 14 concert that will benefit the DSO. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)


47) Sunset dapples the Empire Polo Grounds on the third day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.  Photo: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times


48) Tony Boland, 79, plays flute during band practice at Kennedy Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa. Boland is a volunteer at the school who practices and plays with the school's band. Photo:Jessica Reilly / TELEGRAPH HERALD


49) Competitors in the 11/12 Girls Ceili Category wait to perform backstage at the World Irish Dance Championship on April 13, 2014 in London, England. The 44th World Irish Dance Championship is being held at London's Hilton London Metropole hotel, and will host approximately 5,000 dancers competing in solo, Ceili, modern figure choreography and dance drama categories during the weeklong event. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


50) In this Sept. 21, 2013 photo provided by the New York Times, part of New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks' Pulitzer Prize-winning portfolio, a soldier searches for armed militants who entered the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, attacking people at the upscale shopping mall. Hicks was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, it was announced Monday, April 14, 2014, in New York.


51) Charlotte Observer Publisher Ann Caulkins, left, gives a toast to editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers , and his wife Jean Blish Siers in the newsroom after it was announced that Siers had been awarded the Pulitzer Award for Editorial Cartooning on April 14, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. Siers received the award for editorial cartooning for his "thought-provoking cartoons drawn with a sharp wit and bold artistic style." (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, David T. Foster III) Here and here are examples of Siers' award-winning cartoon.

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