Morning Links for Aug. 27 2014

Here’s a fresh batch of Morning Links, whipped up just for you.   While we’re jumping for joy about the proposal of self-serve beer machines at Miller Park, the union is throwing a fit.  The flowing beer contraption could put vendors out of business, they say. A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police chief has been demoted to captain after the findings of risqué messages between the chief and a female UWM student. Do you have $8.44 million dollars? If so, you could buy Alpine Valley Music Theater. The streets are paved of green in Riverwest. In the name of bike safety, Milwaukee…

Morning Links for Aug. 26 2014

It’s a spicy mix of links this morning. Enjoy. Harley-Davidson unveiled its 2015 lineup of hogs, which includes a tricycle for adults.  Paul Ryan is talking, er, criticizing current foreign policy with Business Insider.  Burger King is buying Canadian chain Tim Hortons for a hefty chunk of change.  Everyone’s a curator in Seattle, where a museum is hosting a crowd-sourced exhibit, in which social media users could choose which of the museum’s 232 paintings to display.  Milwaukee Record has a stream of comedian Ryan Lowe’s latest act. 

Morning Links for Aug. 25 2014

Good morning, and welcome to Monday.  Vox takes an in depth look at discrimination in the U.S. health system and its problematic racial disparities.  In the latest round of unsealed files from the John Doe investigation, it was revealed that mining company Gogebic Taconite secretly donated $700,000 to Wisconsin Club for Growth. Gov. Walker says he was unaware of the donation.  We’ll just let the headline do the talking on this one: ‘Competency evaluation ordered in naked intrusions case’. Defensive lineman B.J. Raji tore his biceps and will miss the entire 2014 season, but, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, losing…

Morning Links for Aug. 22 2014

What we’re reading on this Friday morning. Milwaukee Ald. Milele Coggs released a long statement saying that Milwaukee is “a death or two away from becoming Ferguson.” Read the full PDF here. What happens when Romney and Ryan reunite? Good times and criticism of President Obama, according to the Associated Press. Read the second email extremists sent to the family of Marquette grad and journalist James Foley, who was beheaded in Syria. Meanwhile, the White House has released info on a failed attempt to rescue a number of Americans from captivity in the country, including Foley. Ice bucket challenge gone…

Morning Links for Aug. 21 2014

What we’re reading this morning is what you should be reading, too: Marquette University is holding a vigil for journalist Jim Foley, who graduated from MU in 1996. The vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 on the MU campus.   One of the bakeries that produces the ever-popular Twinkies bakery item is closing, putting 400 people out of work. The good news is there are still three other bakeries producing this cream-filled classic. Salon.com posted a story that argues Milwaukee is the “new Portland.”  Mexican Fiesta brings tacos dinners and Mexican arts and crafts to the…

Morning Links for Aug. 20 2014

Here’s a mix of news for your morning wake-up. The Islamic State posted a video on Tuesday that appeared to show the beheading of Marquette University graduate, James Foley. Intelligence officers are now studying the video.  A Milwaukee man singled out Gov. Scott Walker’s son and sent threatening messages to him on Twitter. Robert Peffer is due in court on Monday. If you missed those revved-up, roundy-round cars this weekend, don’t worry. The Milwaukee Mile plans to return next summer, despite dwindling attendance. Cross your fingers, toes and eyeballs. Self-serve beer machines could be heading to Miller Park. T-Swift’s new music video, showcasing…

Pet Adoption Campaign Features Local Personalities

Milwaukee Animal Alliance’s “Adopt Local” campaign features some familiar (human) faces and at least one celebrity cat. So many, in fact, that local celebs-hugging-animals could be Milwaukee’s very own charitable meme. Sheriff David Clarke, Alderman Bob Donovan, Midwest Roller Derby Collective skaters Bonesy and Dollface, and quite a few more, round out the humans paired with some adorable four-legged models, all of which have been adopted. The campaign is intended to support local shelters and rescues that make a practice of keeping Wisconsin-found animals in the state, and to encourage local animal adoption. Be sure to take a close look…

Master Instructor in Field Sobriety Testing Arrested

When Catherine Trimboli initially refused to perform a portable breath test (PBT) early Sunday morning, she knew what she was doing. According to a statement released today by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the department captain was arrested on misdemeanor OWI charges at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in Red Wing, Minn., a small town southeast of St. Paul on the Mississippi River. In attempting to get in front of the story, Clarke has condemned the arrest and announced that he’s ordered an internal investigation. Stopped because her rear taillights were out, Trimboli is accused of showing her badge to local police and asking for…

Morning Links for Aug. 19 2014

Your daily menagerie of news bites. –  A Massachusetts man woke up to an unsettling surprise: a drunk, bloody stranger asleep on his couch. – A former Milwaukee County employee has been charged with six felony counts, including accepting bribes for contract work. – The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has found significant racial disparities in the state’s special drug courts.   – Milwaukee Record has a nice read on local rocker Kinth’s latest album.  – Protesters and police clashed again in Ferguson, Mo., despite the presence of the National Guard.  

Morning Links for Aug. 18 2014

Good morning, and welcome to Monday. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson as the ongoing unrest in the St. Louis suburb again escalated on Sunday night.  In Milwaukee, a rally was held Sunday in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson. The group assembled at Red Arrow Park, where on April 30, 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot by a Milwaukee police officer, reports the Journal Sentinel.  The U.S. Dept. of Education is projecting that for the first time, the number of minority students in public schools will outnumber white students this fall.   According to a new memo from the…