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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

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1. Johnson Controls supply Lithium-ion batteries for Hybrid Range Rover
Today, Johnson Controls announced it will be providing the Lithium-ion batteries for the Hybrid Range Rover.
2. Northwestern Mutual and Couture high-rise plans both move forward
Both Northwestern Mutual and The Couture announced today that they are moving forward with Downtown development plans. Northwestern Mutual announced it is looking to build a mixed use real estate space immediately west of its Downtown campus, while the County Board of Supervisors approved the lakefront development proposal for the 44-story Couture high-rise
3. Milwaukee County Board votes down O'Donnell Park sale to NML
After a long discussion, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted down the sale of O'Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual at a meeting Thursday morning at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
4. Rep. Moore's statement on diplomatic relations with Cuba
In response to recent actions by the White House to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) issued the following statement.
5. NEWaukee findings support sale of O'Donnell Park to NML
NEWaukee released a finding today showing overwhelming support among its 190,000 followers for Milwaukee County's sale of O'Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual, which has committed to immediate upgrades and improvements to the parking structure and public spaces.
6. Board takes action on two Milwaukee libraries
The Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Public Library, chaired by John Gurda, took action today on proposals for new Mill Road and Forest Home libraries.
7. Hello again, Cudahy
Yesterday, I walked around Packard Avenue in Cudahy for the first time in a long time. I mean, I drive through or around Cudahy all the time, but yesterday was different. I stopped to smell the roses. Every real Milwaukeeans should pay a visit to downtown Cudahy every now and then. It's like a window into our past, and it's still alive and kicking today.
8. State Fair wins big at IAFE Convention
Officials of the Wisconsin State Fair announced that the organization was awarded 19 first, second and third place titles in various categories, as well as two "Best of Division" awards, at the 2014 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention.
9. USGBC awards Sage on Jackson with LEED Platinum certification
Dominion Properties, a Milwaukee-based residential real estate developer and property investor, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Sage on Jackson, a 20-unit apartment complex located at 1509 N. Jackson St. in Milwaukee, with LEED Platinum certification. This level of certification for a LEED for Homes multifamily project is the first of its type in Wisconsin.
10. Common Council holds over vote on Milwaukee Streetcar plan
The Milwaukee Common Council voted to hold over its decision on a Milwaukee Streetcar system at a meeting held Tuesday morning at City Hall. The proposal now moves to the next common council meeting, on Jan. 21.
11. Bombshell: You know Walker didn't write that letter, right?
We all had a good laugh when the word spilled that Scott Walker substituted "Molotov" for "Mazel Tov" in his Hanukkah letter to Frank Gimbel. But you know that Gov. Walker didn't write that letter, right? He didn't even sign it.
12. MADACC announces partnership with AFF for evaluations of seized dogs
Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) has partnered with Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) for evaluations and potential placements for seized dogs from dog fighting investigations as their cases are adjudicated.
13. MANDIs select 15 finalists for neighborhood development awards
This morning, the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (the MANDIs) - an awards celebration created to recognize individuals, organizations and corporations that are working to improve conditions in Milwaukee's central city neighborhoods - announced its 15 awards finalists.
14. MPL recommends proposal for Mill Road branch, but not for Forest Home
MPL's Building and Development Committee voted to recommend a redevelopment proposal for the Mill Road Library, while also choosing to vote against either of the two proposals for its Forest Home location.
15. "Stand With Hillary" is the white trash of American country music
Hillary Clinton wants to be president and somebody thought they ought to write a country song about it all. The song stands no chance of finding it's way onto the Billboard charts and is really the most trite example of country music. They ought to be ashamed.
16. New #itsAaron shares a story you should hear
A new video shines light on Tony Gonzalez and what he's doing for Milwaukee's youth. You should hear his story, too.
17. Ramp changes coming for Hoan Bridge
Beginning on the evening of Dec. 12, the Jackson/Van Buren Street exit ramp from I-794 East will be closed until further notice. That means "for a long time."
18. Concordia University's School of Pharmacy Building wins architectural award
This morning, Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) announces that its School of Pharmacy Building received the Architectural Portfolio Award for outstanding design in the post-secondary category from American School & University magazine.
19. Hall brings stability to WEDC
If asked to return for another term as secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Reed Hall says he would be honored to serve again.
20. YMCA files formal reorganization plan
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee announced today that it has filed its formal plan of reorganization with the United States Bankruptcy Court.
21. Italian ambassador visits MPS, MAM and ICC today
When Italian ambassador to the United States Claudio Bisogniero steps out into the frigid Milwaukee sunlight today, he'll have a busy day ahead of him. Bisogniero will visit MPS, MAM and the ICC today as part of a tour of Midwestern states.
22. The official Milwaukee streetcar route
Earlier in the week, I asked City Engineer Jeffrey Polenske to detail the routes and the extensions which will push the Streetcar into the neighborhoods and other major destinations like UW-Milwaukee. Here they are.
23. MPL seeks public input on future of Forest Home Library
With the East Branch Library all ready and set to open tomorrow, the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) has now set its eyes on its next redevelopment project: the Forest Home Library. However, it would like your input first.
24. Library explores Milwaukee's historic schoolhouses with exhibit and panel
Milwaukee Public Library looks into Milwaukee's historic public schoolhouses with a small exhibit and panel discussion at Central Library.
25. Drag queen bingo to benefit LGBTQIA students
The UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association plans to start a scholarship fund for LGBTQIA students. To raise funds, a "drag queen bingo" benefit event is set for Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Hamburger Mary's in Bay View.