Morning Links for Nov. 6, 2013
What caused Aaron Rodgers to choke up? Hint: not the Kenosha casino news.
The Kenosha casino might have better odds, a local artistic leader probably doesn't, and Aaron Rodgers gets emotional.
- This is not something to sing about. Lee Erickson, director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's chorus since 1994, was arrested Monday and is accused of lewd behavior. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Erickson "followed an undercover Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy into a bathroom at Grant Park along Milwaukee's lakefront, exposed himself and began masturbating in front of the officer, according to the sheriff's department." MSO has suspended him pending investigation.
- Michael Redd's career in Milwaukee didn't come equipped with a storybook ending. He spent 11 of his 12 NBA season with the Bucks and became the club's highest-paid player, but two serious knee injuries relegated him to street clothes for most of his final three seasons here. He played one final, unremarkable 2011-12 season in Phoenix, but his legacy is set squarely in Milwaukee. Now, the Olympic gold medalist and the team's last All-Star will officially announce his retirement during tonight's Bucks game vs. Cleveland at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The team's website has more details, including an interview with Jim Paschke.
- The Kenosha casino roulette wheel hasn't yet stopped spinning, but it might be getting closer to a win for the Menominee tribe that backs the project. Gov. Scott Walker, in an interview with WISN, appeared willing to soften his criteria for approving the casino. The Business Journal takes a look at what this might mean for the casino supporters and detractors.
- Shoeboxes aren't just for shoes anymore. Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls says has shrunk its micro- hybrid battery packs to the size of a shoebox. We're not techie enough to know exactly what this means, but according to the Detroit News, it's a "significant breakthrough" that could mean big things for automobile fuel efficiency.
- And finally, a subdued Aaron Rodgers confirmed on his weekly radio show that his collarbone is indeed broken and said there's not yet a timeline for his return. He also became uncharacteristically emotional when reflecting upon the ovation he received while returning to the field during Green Bay's Monday night loss to Chicago. He called the reception one of the top five moments of his career. You can hear the whole interview with Jason Wilde at 540 ESPN Milwaukee.