Tuesday news & notes

Busy day today, so here’s some bits of news that caught my eye:

  • The folks responsible for the Milwaukee Magazine have started a new website, Milwaukee News Buzz. According to the website, Milwaukee News Buzz will summarize all relevant local and state stories by every news outlet, “from the Journal Sentinel to the Business Journal to the Daily Reporter and Wisconsin State Journal”, with periodic updates through the day, bringing all important stories together Monday through Friday in a digest format. News Buzz will also do original reporting that’s more in-depth, with the aim of providing stories readers won’t find anywhere else.
  • The Wisconsin Badgers got a #4 seed in the NCAA tournament’s East Region, while the Marquette Golden Eagles, who had some surprising success this season, got a #6 seed in the same Region. While I’m a fan of both teams (sacrilegious, I know), I’m really rooting for the Golden Eagles to make some noise in the NCAA’s, because it’s hard to root against a team that’s had such a good season despite the adversity it’s faced.
  • Eight people who received treatment at Saint Luke’s South Shore here in Cudahy have contracted Legionnaire’s Disease, a form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria. Officials still haven’t determined the exact source of the infection, and they say they’re contacting anyone who’s received treatment at the hospital lately to warn them of the outbreak. Thankfully my wife, who was recently treated in the E.R. at St. Luke’s South Shore wasn’t one of those infected, and officials are asking anyone who did receive treatment at the hospital to seek medical attention if they have symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or chest pain.
  • Jim Arndt over at Pretty Important Politics has a great post up about Ed Thompson’s anti-tax pledge, as well as some interesting comments he made about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It’s worth a read, so check it out.
  • And speaking of stuff worth reading, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin issued a press release yesterday explicitly detailing Tommy Thompson’s march towards running for the U.S. Senate. Personally, I can’t wait to hear Thompson explain how his policies as governor helped contribute to Wisconsin’s structural budget deficit.
  • And finally, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann pulled a cute stunt yesterday at the offices of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, where Neumann and a handful of his supporters dumped hundreds of petitions from individuals opposed to health care reform at Rep. Moore’s office. What’s worth noting is the fact that a majority of the petitions were from people who claimed to live outside of Moore’s district.

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