Fast security checks, late animals, fish farms and former Brewers. Today’s links cut a wide swath.
- Sure, those free airplane tickets are nice and all, but here’s a real perk for you frequent fliers: expedited security screening. Mitchell International Airport has instituted the “TSA PreCheck” program, which caters to “U.S. citizens of frequent flier programs who have been invited by a participating airline,” according to an AP story in the Chicago Daily Herald. Just don’t give all the invites to those Chicagoans.
- They’re mourning Monday’s death of Willie the polar bear not just at the Milwaukee County Zoo, but in North Carolina, too. Wilhelm, as he was formally known, came to Milwaukee in September 2011 from the N.C. Zoological Park in Ashboro, N.C., because that zoo was renovating its polar bear exhibit. The Charlotte Observer has more on Willie’s life story.
- Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl is in New York today to update the NBA’s Board of Governors on the team’s push to renovate or replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the details. For more information on the team’s arena efforts, check out Doug Russell’s “Endangered Species,” which appeared in the October issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
- Will Allen’s next project? Raising lake perch. The famed urban farmer is partnering with UW-Milwaukee to perfect an aquaponics approach to cultivating the fragile fish. The lake perch’s declining population numbers have made it a far less common sight at Wisconsin fish fries. Perhaps Allen can reverse that trend. An AP report in the Sheboygan Press has the details.
- And finally, if you’ve missed seeing former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford, here’s your chance to reunite with him. Axford and his new team, the St. Louis Cardinals, begin the World Series tonight (7:07 p.m., FOX 6) against the Boston Red Sox. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com has a fine retrospective of Axford, including details on the brand of beer he’s been showered with during the postseason. Brace yourselves, Brewers fans.