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.
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
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.
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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