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126. Heroin is hell
I really hate heroin. I do. There is no other way to say it. And the vendetta is personal.
127. Driver announces the winners of the Driven to Achieve Awards
Former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver announced the first-ever class of Driven to Achieve Award winners. The awards were created to recognize the achievements of charities, companies, community leaders and celebrities on both the national and local level that have made a remarkable difference.
128. Milwaukee's 14th coldest winter on record ... so far
With one month to go, this winter has been in the coldest top 10 percent of winters in Milwaukee.
129. Don't fall for the "One Ring" cell phone scam
Word to the wise: If your cell phone receives a one-ring phone call from a number you do not recognize, do NOT call the number back to inquire about whom was calling you.
130. Fitness and my Fitbit Flex
During Healthy Living Week I'm here to tell you that I shouldn't have waited so long to get a Fitbit Flex. I love the thing, and think you will too.
131. The accidental fundraiser
Patrick Reilly has been "around" in Milwaukee. He was a staple on the East Side bar scene for years, helming and indulging in the wildest party spots on hot blocks like North Avenue. And then, he decided to get sober.
132. Doing good makes you feel good, too
It seems obvious, at least to someone with zero medical qualifications like me, that doing good makes you feel good, which ought to have some health benefits.
133. Love your liver
Here are some easy ways to take better care of your liver. Don't worry, alcohol abstinence is not one of them.
134. Winter is half over: How do you feel about that?
Are you happy to learn winter is half-way over or disappointed to learn we have another half to go?
135. Everybody is a bigot
2013 was the year of the bigot. There were many examples of alleged media fueled bigotry. The most famous were from celebrities such as Paula Deen, Alec Baldwin and Phil Robertson. However, there were millions and millions of less publicized examples throughout the country last year.
136. Purple House razed but not forgotten
Last summer, reported on the "purple house," a controversial residential home located on 43rd and Howard that was both loved and hated for its bright purple exterior. The house was razed but the former owners had one small request.
137. A toast to Toastmasters
I wouldn't say that I have glossophobia (I'm admittedly not overly familiar with all of the "phobias" of the world, but thanks to a recent commercial for the Nexus 7, I know that one), but public speaking has never much appealed to me. When I began my current job last April, however, I was approached by two co-workers about joining a local Toastmasters club. I ended up attending a meeting, and I was hooked.
138. Learn another language with 4 easy apps
There is a belief that making small, incremental changes is the best way to go about changing your life. This is why big goals like exercising and eating right fail so often. While always a good idea they're just too disruptive to handle with ease. But what about learning a new language? That may also sound like "too disruptive" of an idea. Learning a language is complex, time-consuming, and getting the right software is expensive, but in the past few years a solid group of apps have risen to the challenge of making language learning easy, fun and for the most part, free.
139. Grand Avenue delivers a bad surprise
I somehow keep hoping against hope for something wonderful to happen at Grand Avenue, or whatever they are calling themselves now. But my hopes keep getting dashed.
140. James Jones to appear at Milwaukee Walmart to fight hunger
In an effort to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is teaming up with a variety of food banks to launch the second annual Defeat Hunger Bowl food drive beginning Jan. 8 and running through Feb. 9.
141. Milwaukee's New Year's Day weather history
New Year's day falls just a few weeks prior to the mid-point of the cold season in the Milwaukee area. Still, it's not always cold on the first day of the year, especially recently.
142. Nominate a brave hearted hero for Red Cross
During this festive Christmas week, I'm asking that you please take part in the nomination process for the American Red Cross' Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us event. Please think about someone that has saved or changed a life or lives of others. This would be an ideal time to consider individuals around you who make a difference in some way.
143. Closures, ahem, ramp up on I-794 project
Perhaps you've noticed that sometimes the Lincoln Memorial Drive ramp to head west on I-794 is open and sometimes it's closed, leading you to enter just to the west at Jackson Street. Well, that Jackson Street entrance is closing now and there are other changes kicking in as part of the work on the Hoan and 794.
144. Let's tone down the Mandela outrage
People are outraged that Barack Obama shook Raoul Castro's hand. People are outraged that he posed for a selfie with two other world leaders. People are outraged that Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner objects to lowering the flag for Nelson Mandela. People are outraged that Mandela memorial service organizers used a fake sign language interpreter, waving his hands in meaningless gibberish. OK, that last one deserves a little outrage, especially if you're deaf and somehow don't have closed captioning on your TV. But as for the rest, take it down a notch, America.
145. Uber taxi app appears ready for Milwaukee stop
A job posting on the Uber web site suggests the quick, easy and hassle-free taxi-summoning app is looking to expand to Milwaukee.
146. Can it be too cold to snow?
You've heard people say, "It's too cold to snow." Is that really true?
147. MCTS adding smart fare cards, real-time information to bus system
These new transit features will be available to view on Thursday, Dec. 5, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the MCTS Fleet Maintenance Building, located at 1525 W. Vine St.
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148. The Refinery Photo Studio sets up mug shots for Movember
The Refinery Photo Studio will be taking their mug shot booth to Stag Barbershop and Dapper Classic Barbershop to snap some photos of men's Movember mustaches before they are shorn off, and their upper lips must nakedly face the bitter cold of December.
149. My final video game
I've been playing Grand Theft Auto 5 on my aging PS3 this fall, and I love it. It's easily the best video game I've ever played. And it's probably my last. I grew up surrounded by video games, and at certain points in my life, I played a lot of them. But now I just have one game, GTA5. I don't anticipate playing another one ever again.
150. Wisconsin's outlook for winter 2013-14
Here's the latest outlook for temperatures and precipitation across Wisconsin this winter.