By Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist Published Dec 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM

In December, right after Thanksgiving weekend in November, the high school basketball season begins to pick up. Rivalries will heat up as squeaky shoes make their way up and down the hardwood courts.

As more outlets are now tapping prep sports to go after a highly active group of people inside key family demographics, the area as a whole benefits from greater air time dedicated to local activities.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has covered high school sports at different levels of competition around Milwaukee for years. This winter sports season is no different as teams from both the Green Bay and Milwaukee markets will be featured.

Tonight, in Milwaukee, the SportsChannel will cover the Brown Deer boys’ basketball team against Pius. In the Green Bay market, the cable outlet will air the boys’ game between Kimberly and Neenah.

The announcing teams of Bob Brainerd and Shannon Smith in Milwaukee, and Chris Mehring and Dick Knapinski in Green Bay, return as Time Warner Cable televises its ninth season of high school basketball in Wisconsin.

The Homestead girls face Cedarburg on Dec. 19, while viewers watching in Green Bay will see the boys from Oshkosh West take on Kaukauna.

The full schedule of games is available at

PROGRAMS TO COME BACK: Adult Swim is the block of time on the Cartoon Network meant for adults and runs at the hours after the littlest ones should be in bed for the day.

Adult Swim announced this week they have picked up the second seasons of live-action series "Black Jesus" and animated "Mike Tyson Mysteries" and "Mr. Pickles."

In "Mike Tyson Mysteries," Mike Tyson takes the fight from the boxing ring to the streets … by solving mysteries.  Aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team — the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry, Mike's adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee, and a pigeon who was once a man —  Tyson will answer any plea sent to him.  If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. 

"Black Jesus," centers on Jesus living in present day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. 

SPECIAL REPORT: At 8 a.m. on Monday, Al Jazeera’s Emmy Award-winning "Fault Lines" presents a special one-hour report, "Ferguson: Race and Justice in the U.S."

"Fault Lines" correspondent and seasoned international journalist Sebastian Walker took six trips to Ferguson from early August through November, witnessing the protests and police reaction to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and looking deeper into why so many in Missouri feel injustice from law enforcement.

In this hour-long special, "Fault Lines" presents a bird’s eye view of the days just after the shooting – when small crowds of peaceful demonstrators encountered heavily armed police in armored vehicles – and the evening of August 13, which quickly spiraled into violence and a display of tear-gas, rubber bullets and military-style vehicles by law enforcement. We go inside the responses by Missouri law enforcement and the reaction by the Brown family and protestors, and learn why the protests in Ferguson grew increasingly larger and drew worldwide attention.

Al Jazeera’s Sebastian Walker tours the streets where the fatal encounter between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown took place – a predominantly African American neighborhood that many say is typical of the way neighborhoods in the St. Louis area are divided along racial and economic lines.  Walker explores issues in the area through the eyes of local residents, including the impact of the nearly 50 percent,, unemployment rate for black males aged 16-24 in St. Louis County, and how some local communities garner nearly 30 percent of their revenue from fines that target mainly low-income residents.

"I would call [the ticketing] a daily, low-level harassment by the government," says Thomas Harvey, a local St. Louis lawyer and executive director of ArchCity Defenders. "Psychologically, I think it’s a devastating effect."

"Fault Lines" also explores other police shootings in St. Louis, some of which drew little media attention or public scrutiny at the time.Next, "Fault Lines" goes out on patrol with police officers from nearby Hazelwood, Mo., to talk to police officers about how they feel about the dangers of patrolling the area, and then travels to the scene of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Vonderrick Myers Jr.

The special report on the protests and police response in Ferguson, Mo., premieres on Al Jazeera America 8 a.m. on Monday. It will air again at noon and 4 a.m., and Saturday Dec, 4, at 6 and 9 p.m. 

Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist

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