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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HERO OF THE WEEK
Also, Venus Ramey.
Who is Venus Ramey, you ask?
Venus Ramey was Miss America 1944.
So why is she a hero today?
VILLAIN OF THE WEEK
Cho Seung ***
Cold-blooded, calculating, evil mass murderer.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today. But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off. I didn't have to do this. I could have left. I could have fled. But now I will no longer run.”
Part of the 1800-word diatribe by Cho Seung *** in a video he sent to NBC News.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Virginia Tech massacre.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Senate Republicans call for debate and a vote on a bill to end sick leave. After a few minutes of debate, including Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson’s incredibly arrogant statement that if elected officials don’t like the sick leave perk, they don’t have to take it, the Senate session earlier this week was quickly gaveled down by Senate President Fred Risser.
Where are the editorials and news articles slamming Senate Democrats, including Bob Jauch who boorishly attacked Senator Alberta Darling and her husband on the floor of the state Senate?
If you’re keeping score, here are the reforms that are extremely popular with the public that the new Senate Democrat leadership is holding up:
1) The Frankenstein veto
2) Photo ID
3) Legislation to end the sick leave benefit for elected officials
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Virginia Tech massacre, and rightfully so. The story had so many new twists and turns and new developments that it warranted all the attention it got.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Again, I could offer dozens of these every week. This week’s submission is from Missouri.
Source of post office scare: Winnie the Pooh
By Susan Weich
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Friday, Apr. 20 2007
WRIGHT CITY — Authorities evacuated the Wright City post office on Thursday morning after workers found a "ticking" package, but the contents turned out to be a noisy Winnie the Pooh telephone.
Police and members of the bomb squad were called in about 6:45 a.m. after the man picking up the parcel became alarmed by the noise. He told police he had ordered a phone over the Internet, but it didn't have a clock on it.
"It was pretty distinctly ticking," Wright City Police Chief Don Wickenhauser said. "And he didn't want to pick it up."
When authorities contacted the sender, he verified that it was nothing sinister.
It turned out the phone has a feature that causes Winnie's head to spin when the phone rings. Apparently it had been activated during shipping, said Cpl. Julie Scerine, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Similar to an oscillating garden sprinkler head, Winnie's head kept hitting up against the side of the package, making the suspect sound.
Scerine said authorities were both amused and relieved when they opened the package.
"I guess the moral of the story is before you send electronics, take the batteries out," she said.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.