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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Photos of the Week (03/25/12)

Photos of the Week


“When my colleagues and I look at a week’s worth of unfiltered news images (about 50,000) we begin to see repeating visual themes. For example, every week we see pictures of military personnel deploying to or coming from dangerous places. We see hundreds, sometimes thousands, of political protests. We see images of defenseless people, including children, caught up in horrific world events. We see powerful natural disasters, the change of seasons, attractive celebrities and sporting events of every kind.

“The occasional cynic in me sometimes flirts with the idea that photographers have run out of ideas. In my worst moments I wonder why we spend our lives retreading the same ground week after week.

“But then I remember that pictures often serve as visual shorthand. I believe they provide a bridge over the chasm of time, distance and unfamiliar culture. When you see a picture of a military wife’s hands clinging onto her husband’s head in the moments before he deploys to war it reminds you of that person you miss so much, and you empathize. A photographer can help us care in a way that a writer often struggles to achieve.”
Robert Hood, Supervising Producer, msnbc.com


1)
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, and others, leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he discussed his budget blueprint. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin


2) Raphael Cuevas, left, and Jashua Castro stop at a memorial to Trayvon Martin outside The Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon was shot by George Michael Zimmerman while on Neighborhood Watch patrol in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman's claim of shooting the teen in self-defense has been questioned by community leaders. Photo: Roberto Gonzalez / Getty Images


3) Tessye Maurer holds a vote sign as she attends a Religious Freedom protest, Friday, March 23, 2012, in downtown San Antonio. The group is protesting that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate under the Affordable Care Act violates religious freedom. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


4) Police chase Panathinaikos' fans before a Greek Super League soccer match against Olympiakos at Olympic stadium in Athens on March 18. A soccer fan runs in front of burning seats during a Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens. The Athens derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos Pireaus was abandoned after being interrupted twice by crowd violence last Sunday. Photos: Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters


5) Pope Benedict XVI holds a girl's face on March 24, 2012 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Pope Benedict XVI is in Mexico on his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America which will include a two-day visit to Cuba. Photo: Yuri Cortez / AFP - Getty Images


6) Army PFC Forrest Miller kisses his son Parker Miller, 6-months old, held by his wife Britney Miller with the couples' daughter, Jaslene Miller, 4, before Miller boards a bus with other members of the 119th Inland Cargo Transfer Company. Photo: Bill Tiernan / The Virginian-Pilot via AP


7) An Iraq war veteran holds pairs of combat boots that are part of the "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit in front of San Francisco City Hall on Monday in San Francisco, California. The Eyes Wide Open exhibition includes a pair of boots for every one of the 481 California servicemen and women who died in the Iraq war. Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images


8) Huang Sufang reacts as she sees a part of her house being taken down by demolition workers at Yangji village in central Guangzhou city, Guangdong province, China on March 21, 2012. She mounted a desperate last stand to protect her home as demolition workers moved in on Wednesday. According to local media cited by Reuters, part of Huang's house was mistakenly  demolished as workers were flattening another building nearby. Here she tries to attack a worker with a brick after a part of her house was demolished. Later, she lies on the ground in tears. Photos: Reuters and Getty Images


9) 8-year-old Aldi Ilham smoking a cigarette at his house in Sukabumi, Indonesia, on March 13, 2012 in a picture made available last Thursday. Ilham started smoking when he was four years old and now smokes around 20 cigarettes a day. Reports state that one in three people smoke in Indonesia. Aldi Ilham has been admitted to a facility for rehabilitation. Photo: Bayu Aji / EPA


10) A believer asking "Nino Fidencio" for a miracle is helped to submerge in the mud at "El Pozito" in El Espinazo, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on March 19. Thousands of believers took part in a procession along the town of El Espinazo to ask for miracles to "Nino Fidencio", a famous Mexican 'curandero' (folk healer), whose spirit still heals people, according to the legend. Niño Fidencio, well known for performing painless operations without anaesthesia, died in 1938. Photo: Julio Cesar Aguilar / AFP - Getty Images


11) Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, hands an Etch A Sketch to a staff member after speaking to USAA employees, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in San Antonio. Santorum used the toy to refer to remarks made by a staff member working for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom responded to a question about whether Santorum is pushing Romney too far right to win over moderate voters in a general election. "Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes," Fehrnstrom said Wednesday on CNN. "It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again." Photo: Eric Gay / AP


12) Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum bowls after a campaign rally in Sheboygan, Wis., Saturday, March 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


13) Volker Kraft decorates his Easter egg tree in Saalfeld, Germany on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. It takes the family around two weeks to hang the 10,000 hand painted eggs into the tree. Photo: Stefan Thomas / EPA


14) Cherry blossoms of the Japanese Yoshino variety bloom along the Tidal Basin, March 19, 2012, in Washington, DC, with the Jefferson Memorial to the rear. This season celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)


15) A Bananaquit hangs upside down to peck at a flower in the Costa Rica section of the Glass House at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland. (Amy Sancetta/Associated Press)


16) Rescue workers try to tow a dead Bryde's whale off a beach in Rio de Janeiro on March 20.Photo: Sergio Moraes / Reuters


17) A female toad carrying her male partner tries to escape from the bucket of a volunteer at the side of a road near Berlin on March 18, 2012 in Gueterfelde, Germany. Volunteers from Germany's NABU wildlife protection group collect toads migrating to spawn in a nearby lake in order to save them from the passing cars on a road that lies along the migration route. Every spring amphibians, including toads, frogs and newts, migrate to the waters where they were born in order to lay their eggs, and traffic is among the biggest hazards they will face. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


18) In this March 15, 2012 photo, a four-year-old hairless cream point Sphynx, named Moshe Moshi, is held by her owner Carol Meir of Takoma Park, Md., at The Big Bad Woof, a pet supplies store, in Washington. Meir is managing her cat's allergies with a venison and pork diet and daily medication. She figures it cost her about $750 for vets and tests. Medicine is $250 a year. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


19) An employee gives a medical-cosmetic massage to a client using an African snail at a beauty salon in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 23. The beauty salon is the only one in the region using the snails' method, which is believed to help in speeding up regeneration of the skin, eliminating wrinkles, scars and traces of burn marks, according to the owner Alyona Zlotnikova. Photos:Ilya Naymushin / Reuters


20) Syracuse guard Dion Waiters, right, celebrates with Nick Resavy after defeating Wisconsin 64-63 in an East Regional semifinal game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer


21) Darius Johnson-Odom walks off the court after Marquette lost to Florida Thursday in the NCAA Tournament, 68-58. Photo: Getty Images


22) Baylor center Brittney Griner dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA women's tournament regional semifinal college basketball game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, March 24, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


23) Milwaukee King's Alexis Eckles, left, and Shakeela Fowler react after Fowler's three-pointer missed its mark at the buzzer. De Pere's Emma Konopasek (12) and Alayna Cotter (24) celebrate as they run off the court.  De Pere won the WIAA Division 1 girl's state title, 60-57. AP photos.


24) New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning holds a Broncos jersey with his name and number at the conclusion of an NFL football news conference at the Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)


25) A cut-out replica of quarterback Peyton Manning in a Denver Broncos uniform is brought into the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre by sports editor Jeff Dressel of 9NEWS before Manning and the Broncos hold a news conference announcing Manning will sign a contract with the Broncos on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


26) David Rawcliffe, the house and monument steward at the National Trust's Chedworth Roman Villa, cleans a Roman mosiac in the new environmentally-controlled conservation shelter on March 19, 2012 near Cirencester, England. More of the 1600-year-old Roman floors will be uncovered over the coming year. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images


27) In this picture taken with a fish-eye lens, people stand around the "luminous lace" light sculpture by designers Loop.pH in the Stone Hall during a press preview at what used to be the official residence of the late Princess Diana, Kensington Palace in London, Tuesday, March 20. Kensington Palace has been transformed following a 12 million pounds ($19 million, 14.4 million euro) restoration project timed to be completed for this summer's Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics. Kensington Palace is due to reopen to the public on March 26 following an extensive renovation project. In this photo, models dressed as period courtiers pose for photographs on "the King's Staircase" during a press preview at what used to be the official residence of the late Princess Diana, Kensington Palace in London, Tuesday, March 20. The refurbishment has seen the renovation of the King and Queen's state apartments, a display of dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales and an exhibition charting the life of Queen Victoria. Photos: Matt Dunham / AP


28) A soldier faints before Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrive for a wreath laying ceremony at the National Monument at Akershus Fortress on March 20. Photo: Chris Jackson / Getty Images


29) Britain's Duchess of Cambridge meets Bethany Woods in a music class during a visit to The Treehouse in Ipswich, England, Monday, March 19, 2012. The Duchess of Cambridge visited to formally open The Treehouse, a children's hospice service for Suffolk and Essex. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)


30) St. Jude patient Zane Rimes, 5, giggles with delight as he is dipped upside down by family friend Judy St. Louis while exploring the Memphis Botanic Gardens in Memphis, Tenn. on the first day of spring. MSNBC reports, "The day was special for five-year-old Zane Rimes not because it was the first day of spring but because he was not exhibiting symptoms of his leukemia, said his mother, Maranda. Zane has been getting treated at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis for more than a year, but today he was able to run, play and be a regular 5-year-old kid." Photo:Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal via AP


31) A girl gets her face smeared with colored powder during a religious spring festival "Holi," in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 18, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and water at each other. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)


32) A man walks past an advertisement displayed on a main street in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 19, 2012. A new Israeli law is trying to fight the spread of eating disorders by banning underweight models for local advertising  and
requiring publications to disclose when they use altered images to make women and men appear thinner. Photo: Oded Balilty / AP


33)
A woman disguised as an Avatar character walks on an escalator at the Leipzig Book Fair in eastern Germany on March 18. Photo: Jan Woitas / AFP - Getty Images


34) Whatever happened to dinner and a movie? Emily Maynard, single mom and star of the next/upcoming season of ABC's "The Bacherlorette," scaled the side of the Mint Museum Uptown Tuesday night as part of a date with one of the male contestants. Photo: Robert Lahser, the Charlotte Observer


35) Former England cricketer Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff (R) sits in a bath-tub sidecar with British inventor Edd China (L) at the controls as they try to break the fastest toilet world record at Wembley Stadium in London. Flintoff was attempting to set twelve Guinness World Records in 12 hours to raise money for the Sport Relief charity. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP - Getty Images


36) SURPRISE! John and Frances Canning meet Queen Elizabeth during a surprise meeting at Manchester Town Hall, in England, during their wedding day.
The couple booked Manchester Town Hall for their wedding and then discovered a royal visit was planned for the same place, an event for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Upon hearing the news of the double booking, the couple sent the Queen a lighthearted note inviting her to their nuptials. Photo: Manchester Evening News Syndicate


37) Emma is a 17 year-old model.   She wears the wedding dress with the longest train in the world during a Guinness World Record attempt in Bucharest, March 20, 2012. Here's another look from a hot air balloon.  The 2,750 meter long train broke a previous record of 2,488 meters. The dress is made of 4,700 meters of material using 1,857 needles, taking 100 days to make. Photos: REUTERS/Radu Sigheti, Bogdan Cristi.

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