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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.

Culinary no-no #414

Culinary no-no's

It’s not a stretch to say that this past Tuesday, February 17, was one of the most highly anticipated days of the year.

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Photos of the Week (02/22/15)

Photos of the Week

Anissa E. Weier, 13, is brought into court for the preliminary hearing in the Waukesha County courthouse. The judge ruled photos may only show her below the neckline. A preliminary hearing was held this week for Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier,who are charged as adults with the attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Payton Leutner on May 31, after a sleepover at Geyser's house to mark Geyser's 12th birthday.
 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

A Syrian child sits in the back of a truck loaded with furniture as residents collect what's left of their belongings from their apartments on Feb. 13, following months of shelling by regime forces in the besieged rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, Syria. Photo: Sameer Al-Doumy / AFP - Getty Images

A Russia-backed rebel rests as a dog eats from a can in Debaltseve, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, on Feb. 16 as icicles hang from where the water from their hoses froze. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. Photo: Jacqueline Larma / AP

Lake Erie was about 94 percent covered in ice this weekend, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. A NASA satellite captured this view of the lake on February 15. The aftermath of a deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another arctic front this week.

A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on Feb. 17. Photo: Lindsay Dedario / Reuters

This unusual ice formation in the shape of a Jeep's grill was spotted in the parking lot of the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. on Feb 17. An eyewitness believes the vehicle's owner warmed up the engine, and the imprint remained after the driver backed out of the parking space. The ice was attached to the curb. Photo: WITN

A couple walks hand-in-hand through the snow in the Back Bay during a winter blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts February 15, 2015. The U.S. Northeast faced yet another major winter storm last weekend, with blizzard conditions in six states' coastal regions, much of which is already buried under record-setting snow, forecasters said. In Boston, snow fell hard last Saturday afternoon, pausing for an evening lull before picking up again.  (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Dozens of pilot whales lie beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, on Feb. 13. About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach died, but conservation workers and volunteers helped refloat the remaining 60 or so with hopes they will survive. Photo: Department of Conservation via Reuters

Kagome Co's employee Shigenori Suzuki tries to eat a tomato which is fed to him by the newly-developed `Wearable Tomato` device for runners during its unveiling event ahead of the weekend's Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo February 19, 2015. The eight-kilo (17.6-pound) contraption fits on a runner like a rucksack. It can distribute a total of seven medium-sized tomatoes, one by one, at the click of a button and supplies the runner with much needed nutrients during a long jog or race. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year  at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore on Feb. 19, 2015. Each year, at the stroke of midnight, hundreds of people vie to be the first to place joss sticks in an urn at the temple to mark an auspicious start to their year. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 welcomed the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram). Photo: Edgar Su / Reuters

A woman wearing a colorful costume takes part in the flowers parade of the 131st Carnival of Nice, France, Feb. 18, 2015. The theme of the 131st annual Carnival of Nice is 'King of Music'. (EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER)

Benjamin Miller, 20, is gored by a bull during the "Carnaval del Toro" in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain on Feb. 14. The American from Georgia suffered several wounds, including a 16-inch goring in the thigh, a spokesman from the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said.  Photo: Jose Vicente / AP

Members of a rival teams prepare to fight with oranges during an annual carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea February 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pedestrians and workers pass an upside down car art installation in a car park on the South Bank in London, February 19, 2015. British artist Alex Chinneck's illusory piece, entitled "Pick yourself up and pull yourself together", and on display in the working car park for a week, sees a Vauxhall car suspended upside down, appearing to be gripping onto a peeled back length of tarmac. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)


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Week-ends (02/21/15)


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (02/21/15)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Cloudy. High of 31. “F”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 9. “F”

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

This past November I blogged about a young entrepreneur and her iCPooch invention.  I hope she is continuing to do well.  I truly admire the many creative minds of dog lovers.  These days, there is no shortage of ideas that merge canine adoration with technology.

A recent brainchild called “Walkzee” will, if all goes right for the inventors, match up dog fans & adoptable dogs in a whole new way.  With the proposed smart phone app, people who like to walk can seek out shelter dogs in need of exercise and forever homes.

Huffington Post recently reported that “Walkzee was inspired by a program that Charlie Saunders and his wife Cristina enjoyed -- a lot -- while on a Hawaiian honeymoon. They took out a doggie named Big Z from the Kauai Humane Society, which encourages visitors to borrow shelter dogs for day trips like hiking or the beach.”

Good for them!  Honestly when Kevin and I honeymooned in Hawaii, dog walking never entered our minds.  We were too busy enjoying beaches, Mai Tai’s, glorious sunsets and luxurious hotels.  But I give this couple a lot of credit for developing the idea and doing their best to bring it to fruition.  As far as I’m concerned the program could help so many dogs AND so many people who love them but can’t immediately commit to ownership of one.

You can read all about their adventure PLUS watch a video in the full HuffPo article.

Again, good luck Charlie and Cristina!  I hope to read more about you in the coming months!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Was this dog mauling murder?

Did the Westminster Dog Show have a happy ending? No.

Frigid fallout from a 'Polar Plunge' event.

In Arizona, anti-service dog bill goes down to defeat.

Why do people do this?

Charlie wandered the streets for 10 years, and then...

A rare victory.

Speaking of Westminster...



Backstage at the Westminster Dog Show

We close as we always do with our closing video.

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The Best Cartoons of the Week (02/21/15)

Best Cartoons of the Week


Glenn McCoy

Chip Bok


Ken Catalino

Jerry Holbert

Glenn McCoy


Steve Breen


Dana Summers

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