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
6-year old Jadon Shaikh of West Bend. Calm, cool, and collected, he helped save his aunt’s life. Remember, Jadon is just 6-years old.
Two Beaver Dam firefighters get honored for ice rescue. See their story here. Click on the play button on the far left of the video screen.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. He’s donating money he received from indicted businessman Dennis Troha to the Boys and Girls Club. On last week’s edition of INTERchange on Channel 10, I said the above-board Ryan would not keep the money. Jim Doyle got a lot more money from Troha than Ryan did. Will Doyle give the money back? Are you kidding!!!
Elvis impersonator Tom Green of Milwaukee. Too talented to die so young. He was 50.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Wisconsin Congressman David Obey. Obey was caught on video outside his office in Washington yelling at the mother of a soldier in Iraq who tried to commit suicide.
Nice touch, Congressman.
This guy makes the villains list: Milwaukee police are warning east side residents near Oakland and North to be on alert after a woman who went on her porch to check her mailbox was forced back into her home and sexually assaulted by a stranger.
I hope they nab him before he assaults again.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
”I was going to have a few comments about the other Democratic Presidential candidate, John Edwards but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word, “faggot,” so I……so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards”
Ann Coulter, speaking at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. She was totally wrong and out of line.
”I am not impressed by emails from Pennsylvania and Nevada officials thanking your department for your efforts to resolve their tax issues. ... If you are so interested in serving the taxpayers of Nevada and Pennsylvania, you may want to peruse the want ads for jobs in those states.”
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) in a letter to state Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi, calling for a detailed accounting of the assistance the DOT gave indicted businessman Dennis Troha on his tax dispute in other states.
“What's troubling is that at a time of fiscal crisis, when Doyle has proposed more than $1 billion in new taxes and fees to support the state government, he turns down more than a half-million dollars in revenue for apparently ideological reasons.”
The Green Bay Press Gazette, editorializing on Governor Doyle’s rejection of $600-thousand in federal aid for abstinence instruction.
"You don't look any better in person than you do on TV."
An elderly gentleman laughingly said that to me last night at a restaurant bar as my wife and I were waiting to be seated.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The outcry from the left against Ann Coulter’s incredibly over-the-top comments about John Edwards, accompanied by their lack of criticism about Bill Maher commenting that it might be best if VP Cheney was dead.
Can you say, “Hypocrite?”
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Where is the coverage of the most important election of the year, the state Supreme Court race? What little coverage there is certainly isn’t about issues.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Why do people watch this junk!?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
From the Eau Claire Leader -Telegram. The story got national attention:
Don’t try this at home
Eau Claire man burns genitals while drunkenly copying stunt
Trying to duplicate a movie stunt landed a man in the hospital with burns to his hands and genitals and left a second man facing criminal charges.
Randell D. Peterson, 43, of 1822 Vine St., was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of battery and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Peterson is free on a $2,000 signature bond and returns to court April 16.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police were called to Luther Hospital to meet with Jared W. Anderson, 20, who had serious burns to both his hands and genitals. Anderson said he didn’t want anyone to get in trouble because of what happened.
Police then spoke with witnesses, who said a group of people, including Anderson, were at Peterson’s house Sunday night watching a “Jackass” movie, in which the characters perform outrageous stunts, sometimes ending up injured.
One of the characters in the movie lit his genitals on fire as a stunt.
Anderson, who was drunk, wanted to duplicate the stunt. Peterson was willing to oblige.
Anderson pulled his pants down in Peterson’s kitchen. Peterson sprayed lighter fluid on Anderson’s genitals.
After he was unable to start a fire, Peterson sprayed more lighter fluid on Anderson, and some of the fluid got on Anderson’s clothing.
Peterson tried again and a fire started. Anderson’s genitals, hands and clothing all caught fire.
Anderson ran into the bathroom, jumped in the bathtub and put the flames out.
Anderson’s burns were serious enough that skin was peeling off his hands. Two witnesses forced Anderson to go to the hospital.
Anderson eventually was taken to the Regions Hospital Burn Unit in St. Paul with second-degree burns.
Peterson later admitted his involvement in the incident.
Peterson, if convicted, could face up to 10½ years in prison.
This story came in a close second.
STUPID CROOK OF THE WEEK
Read what an idiot from Racine did to try to get on the Jerry Springer show.
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 desrving of recognition, please e-mail me.
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