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a.MKE: Goodbye to Ravi Shankar, North Korea weapons, United Way Campaign and cleaning up the city 12.12.12

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In music news, Grammy winning Indian Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Here's Ravi on the Dick Cavett show

According to an article in the Washington Post, North Koreans danced in the streets of their capitol in celebration a successful long-range rocket launch yesterday, despite international warnings against taking this step towards developing nuclear weapons.  The White House called it a "highly provocative act that threatens regional security".

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee set a fundraising record for its annual community campaign this year raising $1.6million more than 2011, exceeding the $50 million mark for the second year in a row.

The State Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Justice awarded Milwaukee $500,000 to tear down distressed homes in the city.  The funds were made available from proceeds of a national mortgage settlement. Milwaukee has 500 homes on a list for demolition and this money will help demolish 39 of them. The first was taken down yesterday.