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Morning Links for March 12, 2014
Tom Ament's humanity, and pingpong's robots.

On tap today: the life and times of the late Tom Ament, UWM's men's basketball team puts on some dancing shoes, and an ominous omen regarding humanity's place in the pingpong food chain.

 

  • Milwaukee is remembering the life of F. Thomas Ament, the former Milwaukee County Executive, who died Monday at age 76 after a long battle with lung cancer. And, as he predicted would happen, Milwaukee is also remembering the controversial pension scandal that forced his resignation. FOX 6 has one of many good retrospectives, including an interview with Ament's widow, Darla Hium. And Urban Milwaukee's Bruce Murphy, who did extensive reporting on Ament's involvement with pension scandal, has an in-depth obituary.
  • It was only last season, but suddenly, the eight-win campaign of UW-Milwaukee's men's basketball team seems like a long time ago. That's because the Panthers, picked last in their league this season, defied all the prognosticators by qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Fifth-seeded UWM capped its run to the Horizon League Tournament title, along with its accompanying NCAA tourney bid, with a 69-63 win over Wright State Tuesday night. The Panthers, who learn their NCAA destination on Sunday, celebrated by cutting down some nets and dousing coach Rob Jeter. Meanwhile, Panthers fans can bask in the knowledge that their team is in dancing for the first time since 2006.
  • You'd think health organizations would embrace what some are calling the best chance to get smokers to quit their deadly habit. But that's not necessarily the case with e-cigs. Slate looks at how, and wonders why, they are being attacked with increasing levels of fervor.
  • The Couture development, a lakefront project which would replace Milwaukee's Downtown Transit Center, got a legislative boost from the Wisconsin Senate. But it's opponents are still predicting a court fight. The Milwaukee Business Journal has more details.
  • And finally, because you may need a boost getting over Hump Day, here's video of a robot playing pingpong against a world-class human, and almost beating him. But don't worry, humanity. If we get really desperate, we'll always have our ace in the hole: Forrest Gump.





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