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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, April 19, 2014

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1. Summerfest grounds will host plenty of paws at Petfest
This morning, Fromm Family Foods and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. announced not a musical act coming to the Summerfest grounds, but animals. On Sept. 20, Fromm Petfest is coming to Henry Maier Festival Park.
2. Celebrate Milwaukee Day
Today we shall celebrate our fine, fine city. Why? Because it's "414" day, which is not only the date, April 14, but also Milwaukee's area code. Clever, isn't it? Here are a few suggestions to make today the Milwaukee-est.
3. Bastille Days unveils its annual feast of events and entertainment
This afternoon, Bastille Days, now in its 33rd year of existence, announced its lineup of acts and activities for its annual four-day festival of food, drink, music and general revelry.
4. State Fair reveals winner of Fairtastic Poster Art contest
This morning, the Wisconsin State Fair announced the winning poster and artist for its first Fairtastic Poster Art Competition. After careful deliberation, the title of "Grand Champion Artist" went to Larry Schultz of Milton and his poster design.
5. An architectural Ringer?
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a 1926 article about the earliest architects working in Milwaukee. One sentence particularly caught my attention.
6. Hey Hank! Meet Frank!
By now, I'm sure you've heard about the Milwaukee Brewers' new little mascot for the 2014 season. After all, Hank the Dog seems to be on his way to the growing ranks of Brewers' icons, ranging from Bernie Brewer and the Racing Sausages to Front Row Amy and the Door Man seated behind the visitors' dugout.
7. Paul Ryan and the brown bag lie
The question my students most often ask me is, "Why do you give so much work?" The second most often-asked question is, "Got any food?" Before this last weekend I had never thought to sit and quantify the questions my students ask me. But Paul Ryan made me do it.
8. Quiz: What kind of person does the internet say you are?
People love internet quizzes. They must, because there are SO MANY of them. Do the results tell you anything?
9. Should Milwaukee buy PBR?
A new idea - to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon and bring it back to Milwaukee. Yay or nay?
10. Muskego woman and Missouri motel have something in common
Jenni Buehler, who lives in Muskego, has never been to the Westwood Inn in Branson, Mo. And yet, it's a part of her life whether she likes it or not.
11. I need a LYFT
Uber Black recently launched in Milwaukee, will we get LYFT-ed next?
12. Mayor plans increase in pothole relief
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced this morning that he has directed his budget team, as well as the Department of Public Works, to prepare proposals for increasing pothole fixes throughout the city.
13. East Side turkeys line up early at the Downer Theatre
The first movie doesn't screen until 12:15 p.m. today at the Landmark Downer Theatre on Milwaukee's East Side. Yet, at 9:15 a.m. this morning there was already a line.
14. Video fuels outrage about Southridge Mall bus decision
In this harsh Wisconsin winter, a citizen video is sparking public pressure against Simon Property Group's decision to move the public bus stop 1,000 feet away from Southridge Mall's entrances.
15. Violinsanity: Almond talks about his newly recovered Stradivarius
After about two weeks of likely astronomical stress and separation anxiety, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and recent high-profile heist victim Frank Almond seemed soft-spoken, relaxed and easy at the Milwaukee Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon Tuesday afternoon at the Newsroom Pub.
16. USS Milwaukee officially presented to Brew City today
Despite being iced in at Marinette, where it was built, the new USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) is being officially "presented" to Milwaukee's business and political leaders this morning at a breakfast in the Pilot House at Discovery World.
17. Milwaukee Public Museum names new president and CEO
The Milwaukee Public Museum's Board of Directors announced today that Dennis Kois, currently the executive director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Boston, will be the museum's new president and CEO.
18. The second snake button
For years, I heard there was a second snake button at the Milwaukee Public Museum, and I finally went in search of it last week.
19. BizTimes refines editorial team
BizTimes is restructuring its editorial team, and the changes will have an impact on how the business community interacts with our company and how our award-winning editorial content is generated.
20. Norquist with the filter off
On Wednesday, Marquette Law School hosted an On The Issues event with Mike Gousha and former Milwaukee mayor and active urbanist John O. Norquist that made for fun and informative lunchtime entertainment.
21. Former McKinley School faces demolition
I have a special affinity for the old McKinley School, 2001 W. Vliet St., which has been owned by V.E. Carter Development, and according to the city's website, still is. But, now the building looks almost abandoned, with snow left unplowed and plywood over some of the windows. A city inspector says there's a raze order looming over the 1885 schoolhouse.
22. Do you dead pool?
The sudden passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday created a certain kind of buzz among groups of friends and on the internet. No, it wasn't "did you hear?" or "how tragic!" It was "did anyone have him?" Have him in what? A dead pool. Did you?
23. Hines resigns
Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr., who has served as Milwaukee's 15th District Alderman since 1996 and Council President since 2004, announced today that he is resigning his seat on the council effective tomorrow, Feb. 1.
24. Minimum scandal radius: A lesson for Chris Christie from Scott Walker's John Doe
With the secret ruling - front page news, but secret­­ - last week in the "John Doe II" probe of conservative groups and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign, the idea that Walker may be the next Republican governor to have a scandal blow up on him seems to have fizzled.
25. County solution is only path forward for entertainment venues
If no county solution - including new taxation - is found to build a new Downtown arena, we must understand and be prepared to live with the consequences.