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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.

UW Band: Guilty until proven innocent

UW Band Director Michael Leckrone has suspended the entire band as the school investigates serious hazing allegations.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, “Speaking at a news conference at the UW Welcome Center, Leckrone said he thought only a small percentage of the 300 band members were involved in any hazing, but that the members had a ‘shared responsibility’ to behave appropriately.”

It’s uncertain how long the suspension will last and how many appearances the band will now miss. They will not perform at tonight’s big game at Camp Randall against Ohio State.

One could argue that the suspension is unfair. Leckrone admits a small percentage of the 300- member ensemble is involved. So why punish the entire band? Do your investigation, determine the guilty parties, and then hold them accountable.

Instead, all 300 band members, the vast majority of them innocent, are suspended. Also punished, the tens of thousands of fans who won’t get to enjoy the band at tonight’s football game, and many more who will miss out as long as the investigation takes place.

If I was a band member who did nothing wrong, I’d feel I got a raw deal.

Trash talk backfires for Stanford vs Notre Dame

I know Stanford is a great school that turns out some pretty sharp young individuals. Chris Marinelli isn't one of them. Marinelli is an offensive lineman on the Stanford football team who was quite offensive this week. If being stupid was against the law, he'd be in jail right now.

Marinelli decided to shoot off his mouth this week in advance of Stanford's visit to South Bend today to play Notre Dame:

"I hate it, playing up there. The field, excuse my language, the field sucks. The stadium sucks. I think the area sucks. I grew up with a bunch of Irish and Italian Catholic people back home (Boston). And all the Irish Catholic people, all they talk about is Notre Dame this, Notre Dame that. And they've never even been there, ya know. So I hate those guys, I hate that school. We are going out there to mash them up and that's all there is to it."

That should have been at least two loafers in Marinelli's mouth, but he couldn't stop himself, commenting further about Notre Dame's blitzing defense:

''We'll be ready. I've seen a lot of tape, and it is a good challenge for us. But on the same token, it's going to go bad for them at one point, and we are going to gash the [expletive] out of them, I promise you that. "

Notre Dame led 28-7 in the 4th quarter and got the victory over Stanford, 28-21. Through his coach and university, Marinelli offered an apology that seemed to lack sincerity. Maybe he should shut his yap the rest of the season.

By the way, the best college fight song in the country is 100 years old.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

I recently found a video about
DogTown’s Dog Care Manager, Michelle Besmehn, and her work with Vivian, a dog rescued during Hurricane Katrina.  The people directly touched by Katrina will never forget the tragedies they’ve suffered.  The rest of us (dry, cozy and relatively unaffected) need occasional reminders that there are lives that will never be the same in the aftermath of that destruction.  And while I would never place a canine life ahead of a human life in order of importance, every reader knows how I feel about the dogs that enrich our lives.

Finding this touching video helped me discover other updated rescue and success stories about Hurricane Katrina dogs.

Thanks to Furever Friends, the Humane Society of the U.S., and the Louisiana SPCA, the Coffee family was reunited with Tippy, their dog they had to leave behind during their relocation ordeal after the hurricane.

Three years after his owners fled the destruction of Katrina, Bourbon is the tail-wagging success story of the Washington D.C. Animal Rescue League.  Ron and Jessica Simon are his new owners and he looks quite happy!

I love stories of families reunited with pets in any circumstance.  Learning about rescue efforts after natural disasters is particularly heart-warming to me.  For some individuals or families, their pet is all they have, and that pet truly means the world to them.  So my personal thanks goes out to all the rescue efforts of those many wonderful organizations.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks again, Jennifer!

Don't go anywhere. It's time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made the headlines this past week.

Just like human news, the stories aren't always good. Sad news out of Beaver Dam.

Lesson for lost dogs: Find a travel agency.

How about the guy who dove in to save a dog from a shark attack!

Jennifer wrote about Katrina rescue dogs today. In Texas, cadaver dogs to the rescue.

And in case you missed it in last Sunday's USA WEEKEND, military dogs are often heroes, too.

That's it for this week. Remember, Halloween is just around the corner. Still looking for a doggie costume? In Florida, Wiggles Dog Wigs is offering this get-up  that I'm sure you'll recognize, you betcha!

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