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Morning Links for Aug. 7, 2013
You don't need a set of rabbit ears to read this.

A mystery is solved, a slogan is born and a wave of violence continues. But maybe you can get free rabbit ears for your TV.

  • The identity of the Milwaukee Brewers fan who went above and beyond for a young stranger has been revealed. Sussex's Patch interviewed Chad McLaughlin, a teacher in training and now an overnight sensation. McLaughlin befriended young Isaiah during a game and made the kid's day by surprising him with a baseball. Isaiah's mother, Sarah Kooiman, blogged about the random act of kindness, and the story went viral, prompting the Brewers to invite everyone involved back to the park for a reunion as guests of the team.
  • A weekend of Milwaukee violence is turning into a week of Milwaukee violence. After 10 people were shot ­- two of them to death - over the weekend, eight more have suffered gunshot wounds since the beginning of Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel details all eight of those shootings and notes that Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn have scheduled a meeting with reporters Wednesday morning to address the turn of events.
  • Tim Sheehy has a slogan for you: Milwaukee 2020/Keep Milwaukee a Big League City. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce president used it at a Tuesday Rotary Club meeting while making a pitch for regional funding of Milwaukee's cultural assets. Yes, he considers one of those assets the BMO Harris Bradley Center (and/or its replacement), along with public parks, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Marcus Center and the Milwaukee County Zoo. He's organizing a community committee to review the needs for all of their funding, and expects it to start meeting over the next two months. Read more in the Business Journal.
  • Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton, a pair of new Milwaukee Bucks who'll play at that Bradley Center, had their introductory press conference yesterday. It included some emphatic commentary from Bucks GM John Hammond, who insisted the team isn't "tanking" this season. Knight and Middleton came to Milwaukee from Detroit in the Brandon Jennings trade, and he met his new press corps Tuesday. "It was out of my control," Jennings said of the trade, perhaps forgetting the Bucks contract extension he could have signed prior to last season or all those comments about playing somewhere else.
  • And finally, if you're nostalgic for the era of TV rabbit ears, or you're just a Time Warner Cable customer who wants to watch the local NBC affiliate, you're in luck. With no end to its blackout of WTMJ-Channel 4 in sight, Time Warner is distributing some free antennas to its customers. WTMJ has the story, but no word on whether the antenna will pick up long-ago broadcasts of "Battle of the Network Stars."

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