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 baby 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
Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf who is asking some very serious questions about the actions of Franklin school officials during the recent failed school referenda.
The Franklin students who volunteered to help create taped books for special education students, and the Franklin teachers who came up with the program.
The legendary Les Paul.
Derek Fisher of the Utah Jazz.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The punks who called in 10 bomb threats to Sheboygan schools since April 20.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Why do we need to have free samples at grocery stores? You've got families going shopping, little kids. To me, it's sending a bad message to kids. And will there be licensed bartenders there to distribute the samples and check IDs?"
Green Bay Alderman and fussbudget Steven Deneys, complaining about the new state law that allows retailers statewide to offer two free three-ounce samples of beer to legal adults between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
“It certainly takes away any parental discretion. I think the parents are probably the best one to judge whether they should have a life preserver on.”
Bob Hume, who lives on Lake Altoona, about a bill approved by the state Senate requiring that children 12 and under must wear life preservers whenever a boat is in motion.
"I mean, he admitted that he used steroids. I mean, there's no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner trying to figure out where to be. It's sad. And I don't care that he's black, or green, or purple, or yellow, or whatever. It's unfortunate … there's good people and bad people. It's unfortunate that it's happening the way it's happening."
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, ripping San Francisco Giant slugger Barry Bonds. Schilling would apologize later for his comments, though I thought an apology was unnecessary.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
We Energies seeks whopping rate increase.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The campaign of Mark Green, the Republican candidate for governor in 2006, did not violate federal law when it transferred $1.2 million from his congressional account to his state fund.
Jim Doyle and the Democrats who screamed bloody murder during the entire gubernatorial campaign: DEAD WRONG
Mark Green: EXONERATED.
Remember, it was Doyle who had his henchmen on the State Elections Board rule against the transfer of funds so Green would have far less money to get his message out.
This was a campaign issue for months. Now that Green was ruled right and his detractors, including the Governor, wrong, there was barely a peep about it.
The Journal/Sentinel dedicated all of 4 short paragraphs to the story.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Oh no!!!! Paris Hilton might have to go to jail!!!!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Our wonderful state government orders a gas station to increase its prices. Here’s the story.
A few days later, a state official denied the report, claiming the state only informed the station owner to follow state law.
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.