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a.MKE: 3 Of A Kind, Bernie's beverage, DOT news, Festa lineup and ding ding ding goes the trolley 5.23.13

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Downtown's summer trolley service, the Milwaukee Trolley Loop, begins service today. The trolleys will serve the East Town, Westown and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods Thursdays - Saturdays, 11am to 9pm.

Festa Italiana announced its full 2013 line-up for it's weekend-long celebration of Milwaukee's Italian heritage, July 19-21. 40 acts will be featured at the festival, including The Florentine Opera Company, Ricci Martin (son of Dean Martin) and the Louis Prima Jr Band. Also returning, the popular singing contest "Italian Idol".

As reported by expressmilwaukee.com, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman delivered what could be a huge victory for Milwaukee's public transit users when he ruled that the WI DOT likely violated federal law when it failed to adequately study the social and environmental impacts of it's $1.71 billion plan to upgrade the interchange without a public transit component.

Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Bernie Brewer, is getting his own beer. Fans voted between three names for the brew made exclusively for sale at Miller Park by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Bernie's Barrelman Ale will be available for the first time at the May 27th Brewers game.


Three of a Kind = Arrested Development

1. I have made a huge mistake.

SONG: Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band


2. Operation Hot Mother

SONG: Time to Start by Blue Man Group


3. I don't criticize you. And if you are worried about criticism, sometimes diet is the best defense.

SONG: Final Countdown by Europe