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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Milwaukee's restaurant scene is red hot.
Milwaukee's restaurant scene is red hot.

Watch as Chicago's WLS toasts Milwaukee's dining scene

Milwaukee's dining scene has always more than held its own.

Yet, in the past 5-8 years, it's seen a renaissance that surprises visitors and tempts us locals.

So, stories like the below from WLS ABC 7 in Chicago are something we can all be proud of.

Enjoy the fine work from lifestyle and food reporter Steve Dolinsky, and keep on talking up Milwaukee's wonderful and ever-growing restaurant scene.  

Get well soon, Coach!
Get well soon, Coach! (Photo: Sid Hastings, stltoday.com)

Sending good wishes and prayers to Majerus

Milwaukee loves its hometown boy Rick Majerus, and he's always loved it back. And, always, in a big way.

Full of life, knowledge and basketball, Majerus, 64, was poised to take a legitimate Top 25 team in St. Louis deep into the tournament this season. He won't, though, as he's again battling health and heart issues.

I don't claim to know Majerus well, but have had a few conversations with him. A regular at the Milwaukee Public Market, I'd see him there with countless news publications, basketball tabloids and books sprawled over a table filled with treats and sweets from the market. I'd say hi, and he was always kind and welcoming.

On the air, as a basketball analyst or commentator, he's pure gold. Even his book, "My Life On a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin' Utes," is a fun, insightful read.

Read this post from Bernie Miklasz on stltoday.com. It's moving and really captures Coach Majerus' personality.

Coach, Milwaukee's pulling for you and please know that our prayers and well wishes are with you always.

Toronto loves Milwaukee.
Toronto loves Milwaukee. (Photo: Dan Bishop, via MilwaukeeDowntown.com)

"Underrated Milwaukee" gets some Canadian love

The National Post is based in Toronto and when one of its freelance writers, Paul Terefenko, came to town he experienced what many first time visitors to Milwaukee do: surprise.

Terefenko, of course, chronicled his tourism writer visit and this week his observations about our home town are posted on the Travel section of nationalpost.com.

The headline's great, "Underrated, U.S.A.: Milwaukee spreads its wings," and the travel story, coordinated by Visit Milwaukee, provides a nice snap shot of several of our assets.

Enjoy it here, and On Milwaukee!

Milwaukee, can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now? Now? How about now?

Chances are you've had a few dropped mobile calls in your Milwaukee life. This week, a new list just may confirm why. When it comes to cell coverage, seems Milwaukee's not keeping pace.

Time teamed up with OpenSignalMaps to compile a list called the "Worst Cities In The U.S. For Mobile Phone Reception Might Make You Want To Move." It's on Time's Techland page now.

Milwaukee isn't the worst.  Yet, according to the report, we're the seventh worst.

The report notes that our worst carrier is T-Mobile and the best carrier in town is Sprint. Although, if you check OpenSignalMaps, it appears that Verizon is the best in town.  Nonetheless, Time says this and Milwaukee still makes the list of worst cities for reception, "Among the 75 cities with populations over 250,000—according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2011—Sprint generally had the best average signal readings and T-Mobile had the worst; Milwaukee is no exception."

The worst city for mobile phone reception? Bakersfield, California.

Here's the full list:

10. Detroit, Mich.
9. Lexington, Ky.
8. Jacksonville, Fla.
7. Milwaukee
6. Tucson, Ariz.
5. Toledo, Ohio
4. Lincoln, Neb.
3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
1. Bakersfield, Calif.

Personally, I rarely have problems with AT&T, my provider.  Coverage in the area is generally good.  Although it can improve at area sports venues.  

Agree with this latest list?  Thoughts? Chime in via Talkbacks.

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