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a.MKE: Green Bay Packer Fan Reality Show, MANDI Nominees, earthquake in Japan and music news 12.7.12

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A strong earthquake centered off Northeastern Japan near Fukushima shook buildings as far away as Tokyo today and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year's disaster. The quake registered a magnitude of 7.3 but were no reports of deaths or serious damage.

Yesterday, Packers fans gathered at Stadium View, a bar in Green Bay, in hopes of being cast for a new reality television show that could be based about the bar and it's staff. Producers from the Los Angeles crew could not talk about the specifics of the show other than it will be based on ultamite Packers fans and be focused on life in Wisconsin.

In Music news, French indie-rockers Phoenix have finished recording a follow up to their 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The album is scheduled for an April release on Glassnote Records, a title has not been announced yet. Actor Gary Sinise and New Orleans musicians Trombone Shorty and Harry Connick Jr will lead the parade of the Krewe of Orpheus on the evening of Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday, and perform at the glitzy ball that follows.

As reported by the Neighborhood News Service, finalists have been announced for the 14th annual Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation or MANDI's. The MANDI's recognize individuals, organizations and corporations who strengthen Milwaukee's central city neighborhoods. A schoolyard transformed into a lush green space, an organization that provides access to quality health care and a rent-to-own loft development with a farmers market are among the 16 finalists this year.