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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.

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Photos of the Week (06/21/15)

Photos of the Week

1) A rose is affixed to a fence along a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  Dylann Roof confessed to opening fire at the church on June 17, killing nine people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


2) A man kneels as police gather outside the church on June 17. Photo: Wade Spees / The Post | Courier via AP


3) Barbara Lloyd cries as she joins hands with mourners during the singing of "We Shall Overcome" at a memorial service in Charleston.  Photo: David Goldman / AP


4) Parishioners applaud during a memorial service for the shooting victims at Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston. Photo: David Goldman / AP


5) Joyce Mitchell (L) , a prison worker who allegedly helped two convicts escape from prison, is lead from Plattsburgh Ciy Court after a hearing on June 15, 2015 in Plattsburgh, New York. The convicts, Richard Matt and David Sweat, escaped sometime during the night between June 5 and June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York and law enforcement are on a multi-state manhunt for their capture. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


6) A law enforcement officer walks through a backyard as authorities conduct a house-to-house search for escaped prisoners David Sweat and Richard Matt on Sunday, June 14, in Cadyville, N.Y. Law enforcement personnel were in the ninth day of searching for Sweat and Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in northern New York. Photo: Mike Groll / AP


7) A Ukrainian serviceman investigates a crater left by a Grad rocket in the village of Toshkivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)


8) Syrian refugees are helped into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, June 14, 2015. The mass displacement of Syrians across the border into Turkey comes as Kurdish fighters and Islamic extremists clashed in nearby city of Tal Abyad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


9) Pope Francis, right, blesses a baby as he arrives on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


10) A motorcyclist's face is covered by ash spewed by the Mount Sinabung volcano as he rides his vehicle in the Karo district, North Sumatra province, on June 13. Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra island to the highest possible level, an official said on June 4. Photo: Sutanta Aditya / AFP - Getty Images


11) A woman takes a photograph as a rainbow forms over the Harbour Bridge on a wet day in Sydney Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)


12) An excavator removes a dead bear at the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, on June 17. Tigers, lions, bears and wolves were among more than 30 animals that escaped from a Georgian zoo and onto the streets of the capital Tbilisi on Sunday during floods. The flooding, triggered by torrential rains over the weekend, killed at least 19 people, destroyed houses and tore up roads. Photo: David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters


13) A baby koala holds on to his mother as she undergoes surgery at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Queensland in a photo released on June 11. Koala mother Lizzy and koala joey Phantom were brought in after Lizzy was hit by a car on a highway near Coominya. Photo: Ben Beaden / Australia Zoo via AFP - Getty Images


14) A palm-sized baby ray smiles in a Berlin enclosure. Photo: EPA


15) A flamingo rests in a Munich zoo. Photo: Reuters


16) Polar bears get playful in a Rostock, Germany zoo. Photo: Zuma Press


17) Model and shark diver Liz Parkinson gets up close and personal with lemon sharks in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: Jeremy Ferris / Caters News


18) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, holds the championship trophy and Andre Iguodala holds the series MVP trophy as they celebrate winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


19) Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate on Clark street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Chicago on Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)


20) Lego figures representing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) are placed on top of the Brandenburg Gate in front of the Reichstag building, all made of Lego bricks, in Legoland in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2015. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will visit Berlin this week. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)


21) The "Lego Americana Roadshow: Building Across America," a traveling display of large-scale Lego models replicating some of the nation’s most well-known landmarks, is installed at  Mayfair in Wauwatosa through June 28. Models of the U.S. Capitol Building, The White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and Old North Church are spread throughout the mall, and are joined by mini-figure scale “Brickscapes” including Mt. Rushmore- and space exploration-themed displays. Photos: The Milwaukee Business Journal


22) A reveler rocks a fancy topper at the Royal Ascot in Ascot, England. Here's another.  Photos: AP. And one more. Getty Images.


23) People attend a pie fight in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2015. The event was organized by a cinema as part of an opening for a 10 day retrospective of the comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)


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If you think you've seen everything "Frozen"...

Recommended Reading (06/20/15)

Recommended Reading


Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).


An Open Letter to Black Americans about the Mass Murder in Charleston

Now, here’s the truth about me and people like me.

I support the policies I do because I think they’re good for all Americans, including black Americans.


Actually, President Obama, Mass Killings Aren't Uncommon In Other Countries

It only takes some quick research to discover that rampage killers, acts of terror (as the Charleston shooting most certainly is), school attacks, spree killers are not unique to the United States.


A bow to Charleston


Did you hear the statements made at the bond hearing of the alleged Charleston, S.C., shooter?

Nine beautiful people slaughtered Wednesday night during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and their relatives were invited to make a statement  in court. Did you hear what they said?


It's Father's Day: Hug an Atheist

Father’s Day, that wonderful day when we celebrate our dads, is a time when all of us who have terrific dads need to feel sorry for atheists. It’s not such a happy day for them.  That’s the take-away from a book called Faith of the Fatherless: the Psychology of Atheism by New York University psychology professor Paul Vitz, who says that what often lies at the core of militant atheism is a disappointing and sometimes abusive experience with the atheist’s earthly dad. 


25 things I wish I knew when I graduated from high school

Hey, high school graduate of 2015! Congratulations on your graduation.

You don’t know me, but I was you — about 30 years ago.

There’s a whole bunch of stuff that I wish someone had told me on the day I graduated. It would have been really, really useful.

But nobody did. So I had to learn it the hard way.

I want to save you all the trouble.


Pixar's "Inside Out" shows the value of failure

The film dealt maturely with the idea that failures, disappointments and sadness are often necessary obstacles that we all must face in order to find success and joy.


AND FINALLY...

Bill Maher, Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and MSNBC’s Joy Reid get into a heated argument with Ann Coulter over immigration.

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Previously on This Just In…


The update from…



Steve Olson for Mayor - Franklin, WI

Steve Olson for Mayor - Franklin, WI

Watch CBS 58's Sunday Morning this Father's Day at 7:00am when they feature Shelly Runte and the Kayla's Krew story along with an update on the playground project.


Week-ends (06/20/15)

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


Tywanza Sanders


Debbie Dills



Willow Bender



Max


Operation Falcon Support



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Dylann Roof


Ru$$ Feingold



The Milwaukee Art Museum




QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"You all rape women and you're taking over our country. I have to do what I have to do.”
Dylann Roof before he went on a shooting rampage inside a Charleston church


"I'll be the one to push the button. If he's found guilty, I'll be the one to push the button myself. If what I am hearing is true, he needs to pay for it."
Carson Cowles, the uncle of a 21-year old Dylann Roof who is accused of opening fire inside a Charleston church and killing nine people. Cowles said he will "push the button myself" if his nephew receives the death penalty, which is legal in South Carolina.


"I don't look at you with eyes of hatred, or judge you by your appearance of race, but I look at you as a human being that made a horrible decision to take the lives of 9 living & breathing people. Children do not grow up with hatred in their hearts. In this world we are born color blind. Somewhere along the line, you were taught to hate people that are not like you, and that is truly tragic. You have accomplished nothing from this killing, but planting seeds of pain that will forever remain in the hearts of the families that lost their lives and countless hearts around our country. If you're still out there and you have your phone with you...Give your heart to Jesus and confess your sins with a heart of forgiveness. He is the only one who can save your soul and forgive you for the terrible act that you have done. I love you Dylann...even in the midst of the darkness and pain you've caused, but more importantly HE loves you."
Marcus Stanley, an award-winning African-American gospel singer from Virginia, was shot eight times in a previous gang-related incident — yet he miraculously survived. After the Charleston shooting on Wednesday, he found Dylann Roof's Facebook page and decided to leave him a comment.


"We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
President Obama


“I’m really rich…that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country. It sounds crass, it’s not crass.”
Donald Trump in his announcement that he’s running for President


“He’s a nuisance, a hothead, totally unqualified, a spoiler. But enough about Pat Buchanan, whose surprisingly strong, populist, “mad as hell” primary campaign against George H. W. Bush in 1992 left the Bush faction reeling all the way to their defeat in the general election. That nobody thinks Donald Trump has any hope of winning a primary, much less a single debate, makes it all the easier for him to surprise reporters simply by doing better than expected. If Donald Trump can manage a clever quip or two in the first debate, poke fun at himself, and not set his lectern, or the moderator daring to question him, on fire, he’ll impress the hell out of nearly everyone.”
Matt Latimer, is a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He is currently a co-partner in Javelin, contributing editor at Politico Magazine.


“This did not get the kind of laser-focused attention until ­Healthcare.gov, which was a well-­documented disaster, but ended up anyways being the catalyst for us saying, ‘Okay, we have to completely revamp how we do things’.”
President Obama promoting his new “tech team”


“I identify as black.”
An unapologetic Rachel Dolezal, the woman who resigned as head of a local NAACP branch after her parents said she was white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around the age of 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and “takes exception” to the contention that she tried to deceive people


“I said things that weren't true. I own up to this. Looking back it had to have been ego that made me think I had to be sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else. I am a grateful person. I am fully aware of the second chance I have been given. I don't intend to squander it.”
Former NBC News anchor Brian Williams who has been moved to MSNBC


“What many on the right…have trouble accepting is that while the news is full of biases, ideological bias is among the least important. Let's look, for instance, at the [Times] article about [Marco] Rubio's traffic tickets. Did the Times publish it because…Rubio's a conservative, and they want to destroy him? No. They looked into the story in the first place because of a bias that says that what's most important to know about a candidate is what's personal and out of the public eye... In the end, there wasn't much there… But no one who thinks about the news media in a serious way could believe that articles like these are driven by an ideological bias.”
Lefty writer Paul Waldman


“With the announcement this week by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that there will be a woman on the $10 bill, I found myself daydreaming about all the new equality that will presumably come with such a historic and meaningful honor.

“Because, surely, with all the current economic problems we're attempting to solve -- a still unstable job market, widening income inequality, rising poverty -- the United States government wouldn't waste its valuable time on some kind of empty symbolic gesture. Surely, putting a woman on a U.S. banknote will be an important step forward for gender equality and advancing women's rights, with a tangible, measurable return on investment, so to speak.

“Sorry to be sarcastic, but I just can't summon the excitement to celebrate something so trivial and, in a way, insulting to women.

“The idea that putting a historically important woman -- like Hillary Clinton's choice, Harriet Tubman, or Nancy Pelosi's choice, Frances Perkins -- on the $10 bill is a gift of some sort is setting the bar pretty low.”
S.E. Cupp is author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity and co-host of MSNBC's The Cycle


“Recognizing multiple valedictorians eliminates the unhealthy competition created by a system that awards just one winner. Instead, it emphasizes student learning over student rank, rewarding us for taking academically rigorous courses without pitting us against each other.

“Creating a system that promotes personal achievement over unhealthy competition and that rewards hard-working students without hindering anyone’s ability to succeed should be applauded.

Some have derided the rise of multiple valedictorians as a product of the ‘everyone gets a trophy’ era. They suggest that today’s students are coddled, and insist that recognizing so many students is simply an effort to boost our self-esteem.”

Dalton Miller is a sophomore political science major at Ohio State University. In 2014, Miller graduated as one of 72 valedictorians from Dublin Jerome High School. He wrote an op-ed piece about the six dozen valedictorians in the Washington Post.


The rise of multiple valedictorians is not a product of the ‘everyone gets a trophy’ era. The bottom line is that it sure as hell is.

“Dalton, I hire people for a living. If you want to be special, don’t even think of walking in and handing me a resume noting that you were one of 72 valedictorians. That title where you come from is now meaningless, and I’ll direct you across the street to the Starbucks. 

“But show me something you’ve truly earned, where the bar is set high and you met it – like a Combat Infantryman Badge awarded for sending a jihadi terrorist to his 72 virgins – and then we can talk.”
Kurt Schlichter, a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, California and a retired U.S. Army infantry colonel, responding to Dalton Miller



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Illegal immigrants avoid deportation, commit murder



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


This Gallup poll




MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Rachel Dolezal



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


This whole Joyce Mitchell deal


University paints 'text lane' on a staircase


 

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