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- Silk East prepares for third licensing hearing, hopes to finally make it rain downtown
- City of Milwaukee planning new and exciting ways to ticket your car
- The Milwaukee streetcar project is still happening, whether you like it or not
- Cruel and vengeful God chuckles softly to self, announces first Summerfest headliner
Since sifting through dull newspapers, hyperbolic blogs, and overflowing RSS feeds for meaningful news can be an arduous process, News Net catches and compiles both the amusing and the significant reports that were overlooked throughout the week.
• The jury is still out on whether or not last month’s selfless “Love MKE. Blow up a car” Kickstarter campaign will indeed attract hordes of fast-talking Hollywood producers to our humble city, but as we wait with bated breath, it should be noted that there are plenty of good local Kickstarter campaigns. The Journal Sentinel, OnMilwaukee, Urban Milwaukee, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee have more information on “matireal,” a project that aims to turn a 2.4-mile stretch of rail corridor between East Townsend Street and Capitol Drive into a walking trail using discarded tires. The project is looking to raise $10,000 by Nov. 28 in order to purchase a large shipping container.
• The Shops of Grand Avenue (or Grand Avenue Mall if you’re nasty) are gearing up for the busy Christmas shopping season, which can mean only one thing: the return of the Leonard Bearstein Orchestra. But the embattled mall has two other reasons to celebrate: the Journal Sentinel reports that Jake’s Deli and Renaissance Books will take up residence at the Grand Ave. in the upcoming weeks.
• In news that should surprise absolutely no one, the Journal Sentinel continues to hammer away at the Milwaukee Police Department, while Urban Milwaukee’s Bruce Murphy continues to hammer away at the Journal Sentinel. In this round, Murphy points out that the number of in-custody deaths has declined under the watch of Chief Ed Flynn. Of course, even one person dying in police custody is unacceptable, though the JS’ continued selective reporting on the MPD should rightfully be called out.
• The Shepherd Express talked to local artist and gallery owner John Riepenhoff about moving forward after losing the Green Gallery West to this summer’s Center Street fire.
• Mike and Jay of Red Letter Media’s Half In The Bag sat down and watched the newest James Bond film, Skyfall.
• The Milwaukee Brewers revealed their bobblehead dates for the 2013 season. If you’ve been dying to get your mitts on a Ben Oglivie bobblehead, mark your calendar for Sept. 15. OnMilwaukee has the rest of the lineup.
• Urban Milwaukee posted a strangely soothing video and slideshow about Riverwest’s venerable Woodland Pattern Book Center.
• OnMilwaukee talked to local guitarist Michael Hecker and rounded up some of the city’s best open mic nights.