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.
Last Monday, guard Shabazz Napier, pictured above driving to the basket, helped lead Connecticut to the NCAA Championship over Kentucky. Following the game, Napier spoke with reporters in the wake of a National Labor Relations Board ruling that college football players on full scholarship at Northwestern University are university employees, and thus, could unionize.
“We as students athletes get utilized for what we do so well, and we’re definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our universities,” Napier said. “But at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don’t think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing, because a lot of times guys don’t know how to handle themselves with money.”
Are college basketball players university employees? Napier doesn’t agree.
“I feel like a student athlete,” Napier said. “Sometimes, there’s hungry nights where I’m not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities. I don’t see myself as so much of an employee, but when you see your jersey getting sold, it may not have your last name on it, but when you see your jersey getting sold, to some credit, you feel like you want something in return … There are hungry nights when I go to bed and I’m starving.”
Today’s (Sunday’s) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published this letter from a reader:
No more money for athletics
1) A group of Los Angeles-area students were on a 13-hour journey to Humboldt State University when their bus crashed into a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. Both vehicles caught fire. At least 10 people were killed, including the drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students. Photo: Courtesy Evan Smutny. Here's another look. Photo: AP
2 Parents and students embrace near Franklin Regional High School after more than a dozen students were stabbed at the school in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody. Photo: AP
3) Alex Hribal, the suspect in the multiple stabbings at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., is escorted by police to a district magistrate to be arraigned on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Export, Pa. Authorities say Hribal has been charged with allegedly stabbing and slashing 19 students and a police officer in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
4) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pay their respects for the slain soldiers at the conclusion of memorial service at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Last week, Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez killed three and injured 16 others at Fort Hood before taking his own life. Photo: Reuters
5) The Australian navy has deployed divers in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Fast response craft from the Australian ship Ocean Shield are assisting in the search operation. The hunt for the missing jet is on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the most expensive search in aviation history with 26 countries contributing planes, ships, submarines and satellites. Photo: Australian Defence Force via Reuters
6) A school utility worker mops a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School campus at Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. Exactly a month ago the Boeing 777 passenger plane, on a flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing, mysteriously went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board, and a massive search involving several countries is now focused in the vast Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
7) Kathleen Sebelius resigned Thursday as secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius appeared before Congress many times to take the heat for the bug-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama's health care initiative. In this AP file photo, Sebelius apologized before a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in October 2013 for the difficulties plaguing the Affordable Care Act.
8) The Cliven Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle were released by the Bureau of Land Management back onto public land outside of Bunkerville, Nev. on April 12, 2014. The Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870. Photo: Jason Bean, AP
9) A huge portrait of a girl has been unfurled in a Pakistani field as part of an effort to communicate directly with Predator drone operators and humanize innocent victims of American strikes, activists say. The picture laid out in a field in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region is of a girl who activists say lost her parents in a drone strike. It is part of a campaign entitled #NotABugSplat, which draws its name from the slang term "bug splats," which Predator drone operators sometimes use to denote direct kills. Photo: Inside Out Project / AFP - Getty Images
10) Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda ( Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session of Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Photo: Vladimir Strumkovsky | AP. Here's another look from Reuters.
11) Nine-month-old Musa Khan yawns while being carried by his grandfather as they leave court Saturday in Lahore, Pakistan. The court has withdrawn charges of attempted murder against the toddler, the latest development in a case that provoked widespread ridicule. He was charged along with his family last week after a mob protesting gas cuts and price increases stoned police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills. He was apparently charged because an assistant sub-inspector complained in a crime report that the baby’s whole family had beaten him up and injured his head. Photo: ARIF ALI/AFP - Getty Images
12) A firefighter performs with fire during a protest against budget cuts in front of Catalunya’s Parliament in Barcelona. Photo: ALBERT GEA
13) This photo taken on Monday, April 7, 2014, shows two bible coins that four of Allen and Kelly Peterson’s five children distribute during recess at Desert Knolls Elementary School in Apple Valley, Calif. The Southern California school district will allow the students to hand out Bible coins on campus, saying teachers who banned them violated the children’s rights of free expression. (AP Photo/ The Sun, Rick Sforza)
14) Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their son, Prince George, arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport in Wellington. Photo: Associated Press
15) Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Plunket is a national not-for-profit organization that provides care for children and families in New Zealand. Prince William, Kate and their son, Prince George, are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. (AP Photo/Marty Melville, Pool)
16) Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Irish President Michael D. Higgins to Britain on Tuesday for Ireland's first state visit since the republic became independent.Guests, who sat at a 160-seat table, included notables such as Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, and, controversially, the former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness. Photo: Dan Kitwood / Pool via Reuters. Another angle.
17) NASA is building its own flying saucer as part of a project to get bigger payloads to Mars. The disk-shaped object is called a Low Density Suprsonic Decelerator, and it's due to fly for the first time this June. Journalists got an advance peek at the saucer this week at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where it's being readied for the test flight. The saucer will be taken to Hawaii and then lofted up to an altitude of 120,000 feet (37 kilometers) on a high-altitude balloon. It'll fire a rocket engine to rise even higher, to 180,000 feet (55 kilometers). And then it'll start falling. Photo: Damian Dovarganes / AP
18) It's a trick of the eye, but what a beautiful trick! The visual effect starts with a sunlike star in the constellation Hydra, about 1,500 light-years from Earth. When that star was nearing the end of its life, it blew away its outer layers of gas to form a blue bubble in space — a planetary nebula known as Abell 33, or PN A66 33. The star fizzled out to become an unremarkable white dwarf near the center of the bubble. But from Earth's point of view, a brighter star named HD 83535 is shining in the foreground, seemingly just at the edge of the bubble. Together, Abell 33 and HD 83535 create a sparkling diamond ring in space, as seen by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Photo: ESO
19) The northern lights glow a gorgeous green over Finland's Lake Oulujärvi. Photo: Henri Luoma
20) A Chinese beekeeper undertook a bizarre challenge Wednesday, standing still for 40 minutes as thousands of bees created a cloak covering his entire body. She Ping, 34, was eventually covered in a suit of bees weighing an estimated 100 pounds. More than 460,000 bees were used in the feat, according to local media reports cited by Reuters and Agence France-Presse. Photo: AFP-Getty Images
21) An elephant sprays a woman with water at the Songkran water festival in Thailand. Songkran, the most celebrated festival of the year, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year. Photo: Reuters
22) Vultures are seen at the Paris Zoological Park. Inaugurated in 1934, the Paris zoo will reopen for the public on April 12, after being closed for four years for renovation. Photo: Reuters
23) Jimmel, an owl-faced monkey, protects her 1-month old baby at the zoo in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo: YVES HERMAN
24) Hofesh, an injured male green sea turtle, eats lettuce in a pool at the Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Michmoret, Israel. Photo: Reuters
25) Humboldt penguins swim in a pool, at the Vincennes Zoo, in Paris, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Its gray, man-made mountain that might lure King Kong still protrudes over treetops, but nearly everything else has changed as Paris' best-known zoo prepares to re-open after a multi-year makeover. Photo: Thibault Camus | AP
26) Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, seated, talks to his son Gavin, 6, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. At least 2000 people, including survivors and first-responders showed up to participate in a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the bombings. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
27) Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets in Atlanta. Photo: Associated Press
28) Gary Player (left) of South Africa shakes hands Thursday with fellow former Masters champion Jack Nicklaus (right) of the United States as former Masters champion Arnold Palmer of the U.S. looks on at the start of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Photo: BRIAN SNYDER
29) Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice whispers to Arnold Palmer during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
30) Gary Player kicks the air after a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
31) Kentucky guard James Young (1) dunks between Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) and center Amida Brimah (35) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)
32) Connecticut defeated Kentucky, 60-54 in the NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Monday night. Huskies guard Ryan Boatwright celebrates. Photo: Reuters
33) The Kentucky Wildcats look on as the Connecticut Huskies celebrate winning the championship game. Photo: Reuters
34) Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels holds the NCAA championship trophy as the Huskies celebrate their 60-54 victory over Kentucky. Photo: Reuters
35) Connecticut also won the women's championship, beating Notre Dame, 79-58 Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. Coach Geno Auriemma raises the championship trophy. Photo: Reuters
36) Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw walks off the court with her players after losing to Connecticut. Photo: Reuters
37) Wisconsin fans pack the stands during the Wisconsin annual Cardinal and White spring game Saturday. Photo: Joe Koshollek
38) Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, second from right, walks to the mound with San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) to throw the ceremonial first pitch before a home opener baseball game between the Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. On Nov. 15, 2013, Scott, a Northern California boy with leukemia, fought villains and rescued a damsel in distress as a caped crusader through The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. Photos: Eric Risberg | AP
39) Brazilian attorney Nelson Paviotti parks one of his two Volkswagen Beetles painted with the colors of the national flag — green, yellow, white and blue, in Campinas, Sao Paulo state. Paviotti claims he has worn clothes of only those colors as he promised to do if Brazil won the 1994 World Cup, which it did. He has recently decorated his home specially for the 2014 World Cup that Brazil is hosting. Photo: NACHO DOCE
40) Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis., left) hugs entertainer Mickey Rooney on Capitol Hill in 2011, prior to Rooney testifying about elder abuse before the Senate Aging Committee. Rooney appeared in some 200 movies over 80 years. He died last week at the age of 93. Photo: Associated Press
41) British actor Andrew Garfield (center right) greets people who are wearing Spiderman masks as they arrive Thursday for the world premiere of “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” at a central London cinema in Leicester Square. Photo: Joel Ryan
42) Members of the Cryophil winter swimmers club sunbathe on an ice floe on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Photo: Reuters
43) The "Escape Velocity" moving sculpture by artist group Poetic Kinetics looms over festival-goers on the Empire Polo Field during the first day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday in Indio, Calif. Photo: Chris Pizzello / Invision via AP
44) People take a tour in an “upside down home" in St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition charges less than $10 for a walk through its three rooms and two bathrooms in the apartment. Photo: ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK
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It wasn’t supposed to rain until mid to late afternoon today (Saturday). The deluge at my house started around 10:30 am.
It was supposed to get warm into the 60’s today (Saturday). Try 50 for a high.
But they’ll …
A) Be right on target about the drop in temps and crappy weather tonight and Sunday and…
B) Be loaded with excuses about “A”
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 5 AM CDT SUNDAY. THE WATCH IS VALID FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS: