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Dustin Diamond was arrested yet again, this time for a probation violation.
Dustin Diamond was arrested yet again, this time for a probation violation. (Photo: Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office Facebook)

Say it ain't so, Screech: Dustin Diamond jailed again

Who would've thought that the days releasing a sex tape, starring on "Celebrity Fit Club" and publishing a tell-all "Saved by the Bell" book claiming to have had sex with 2,000 women would be considered the relatively healthy, good ol' days for Samuel "Screech" Powers?

Indeed, then child star and now Port Washington resident Dustin Diamond was taken back into custody yesterday afternoon by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office, detained on a "probation violation" according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page. 

One assumes the probation violation comes from Diamond's previous run-in with the law, when he was convicted last May of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct during a 2014 bar fight that resulted in a man getting stabbed. The former "Saved by the Bell" star was then sentenced to four months in prison, but managed to cut it down to three months due to cleaning and working as a custodian in the jail. He was released a little more than a month ago.

As Milwaukee Record noted, Diamond had even begun his media apology tour, sitting down with his fellow "Saved by the Bell" co-star Mario Lopez for an interview on "Extra" – which included this now kinda-sad quote:

"I’m getting to the point where I need a family, I want kids, I want the full…my wife and I we’re going to make it legit and official. I want to put the tomfoolery and malarky behind me. It’s time for that clean slate, time for the change."

Apparently not yet. This story's just kind of a bummer now. 

As of writing, there are no other details about what the particular probation violation was that caused Diamond's new arrest. All we know is that, when the epic Dustin Diamond acting comeback tour begins and he gets an Oscar nomination for some random drama, this will be yet another footnote in his crazy saga. Or not. 

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This morning, a new bus shelter - dressed up like the Basilica of St. Josaphat - was installed at the corner of Wells and Jackson.
This morning, a new bus shelter - dressed up like the Basilica of St. Josaphat - was installed at the corner of Wells and Jackson.

Cathedral Square bus stop gets a St. Josaphat Basilica makeover

Save for a sermon from a street-corner preacher, a trip to the bus stop rarely qualifies as a religious experience. However, those taking the bus to or from the Cathedral Square stop on the corner of Wells Street and Jackson Street might sense a little extra spirit. 

This morning, the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation – with the help of Clear Channel Outdoor and Zizzo Group – kicked off a new fundraising effort by unveiling a new bus shelter in Cathedral Square, fully designed and decorated to look like the famed local landmark. The back of the shelter, for instance, looks like some of the stained glass from the basilica, and if you look up inside the stop, the roof looks like a close-up replica of the landmark's ceiling. The bench is even reminiscent of a pew. And the side panels advertise the fundraising campaign on behalf of the historic basilica. 

"It's a religious icon. It's an architectural icon. It's a community icon," said Mayor Tom Barrett at a press conference held at the bus stop this morning. "It is our responsibility – this is our time – to make sure that we preserve these incredibly classic buildings because of their importance to our city. That's what's at stake here."

According to Susan Rabe, president and CEO of the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation, this new effort is its largest ever, aiming for $7.5 million to help restore and preserve the historical and religious landmark. It's also the first campaign in almost 25 years – when the foundation was originally created – to make crucial replacements and repairs on the exterior of the church. Over that time, the foundation did make other additions and fixes to the basilica, including the John Paul II Pavilion and Visitors Center in 2000 and, most recently, adding portico and bell tower lighting.

"The stone is very soft – it's Ohio sandstone – and the building requires us to take care of her," Rabe said at the press conference. "Twenty-five years have passed, and today we say rally th…

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Jodie Foster donned a cheesehead last night on "Conan."
Jodie Foster donned a cheesehead last night on "Conan."

Jodie Foster is a Packers fan (unless they suck)

Jodie Foster dropped quite the bombshell last night on "Conan": She's a Packers fan (most of the time)!

In between chats about her new movie "Money Monster," Conan asked Foster about her football fandom, shoving 3-year-olds aside (let he who has not tossed a toddler cast the first stone) and her favorite green and gold-clad team, an odd pick for a Los Angeles native – although still a very good pick nonetheless, might we very un-biasedly add! 

Why the Packers love? Watch for yourself:

Indeed, the "outfits" – though, to be fair, my mom is a massive fan of the Packers and football overall, and she always talks about the teams' "costumes," so who am I to judge? And the former Clarice Starling even eventually donned a cheesehead with all of the pride and genuine exuberance of an actual fan, so welcome to the club, Ms. Foster!

Or at least, temporarily – because, as she told Conan, apparently, if the Packers suck, she's out. But hey, that's two more Oscars added to Packers fandom, and between her, Lil' Wayne and Olivia Munn, we're building up an impressive cast list of celebrity fan royalty. I mean, they're certainly an improvement from Larry the Cable Guy.

Director Stanley Nelson outside a screening of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," a Black Lens selection at last year's film festival.
Director Stanley Nelson outside a screening of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," a Black Lens selection at last year's film festival. (Photo: Jennifer Johnson/Milwaukee Film)

Milwaukee Film's Black Lens program receives AMPAS grant

The Milwaukee Film Festival may still be months away, but that doesn't mean awesome things aren't happening at Milwaukee Film. Take, for instance, yesterday, when news broke that the organization was chosen to be one of just 16 recipients of a FilmWatch grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 

The $10,000 grant – supporting curated screening sections at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations – was given to Milwaukee Film particularly in support of Black Lens, a program established in 2014 with the mission of bringing overdue attention to contemporary African American filmmakers, stories and issues.

"Milwaukee Film receiving financial support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an incredible honor," said Milwaukee Film artistic and executive director Jonathan Jackson in a press release. "It is particularly meaningful that the support is directed toward our burgeoning Black Lens Program, which is a vital and rare showcase dedicated to exclusively presenting the work of African American directors."

In just two years of existence, Black Lens has already begun to make an impression, drawing an audience of 3,288 at last year's festival – a 96 percent increase on the previous year – with an estimated 28 percent of those attendees African American. It's a good step forward for the festival's goal of creating important dialogues and gathering diverse audiences.

As Milwaukee and Hollywood both know, however, there's still plenty of work to be done. Milwaukee is infamously ranked as one of the most segregated cities in the country, while diversity woes inside AMPAS and the industry in general grabbed the spotlight on the industry's biggest, brightest night this year: the Oscars (for the second straight ceremony, actually, if you include the original #OscarsSoWhite controversy around the snubbing of "Selma" and lack of diverse nominees last year).

And deservedly so. …

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