Morning Links for Feb. 19, 2015

Drag racing on South 27th Street, the happiest and healthiest states, and it’s so cold, we need to joke about it, right?

A decision made this week by the Wisconsin Supreme Court will help the city fight the growing problem of “zombie” homes (a.k.a, abandoned, foreclosed properties that attract criminal activity), says MKE Mayor Tom Barrett. For a sobering look at zombie homes, read our January 2014 story, “No Occupancy,” right here.


A 28-year-old former frat president at UW-Milwaukee says campus police bungled the search warrants in an investigation into the use of date-rape drugs at the fraternity.


North America’s largest and longest ski race, the American Birkebeiner, is this Saturday in Hayward, Wis. What to expect at the Birkie:


A woman drag racing Tuesday night on a Milwaukee street lost control of her vehicle, which then plunged into the Milwaukee River. She and her passenger were rescued by the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue Team.


You know those “It’s so cold” jokes? They’re really pertinent right now.








Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.