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AMKE: The List 8-12-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

U.S. Bank is donating $16 million to help out Milwaukee neighborhoods that were hit the hardest by the foreclosure crisis. By doing so, U.S. Bank will be the fourth bank to pledge resources to improve and stabilize housing and home-ownership throughout the city. To read more just visit: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/127488178.html.

Johnson Controls recently announced its plans to build a second hybrid battery factory. They haven’t announced the location just yet, but after it’s built it will create roughly 300 job openings. Want to know more? See http://www.jsonline.com/newswatch/127547468.html.

School’s almost back in session, which means kids need a health check-up. Starting today through August 19th, Milwaukee Child Health Week takes place with mini health fairs, including vision, dental and blood pressure screenings. The first mini fair runs from 10 - 2 p.m. today at South Division High School. Details at http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/100480369.html.

Do you laugh at yourself when cracking a joke? Or if you do something silly? If not, then maybe you should...According to the Huffington Post and a recent study, “It’s a seriously a good idea to laugh at yourself.” The article says laughing at yourself once in a while tells a lot about your personality. It means you’re optimistic and you have a good sense of humor. If you’re laughing at this post then I’ve done my job. Read on by clicking here.

Smartphones, apps and the FBI...yes, that’s right. The FBI recently created a smartphone app for panicked parents. The app allows parents to send photos, personal details and written descriptions about their children in case there’s ever an emergency or if their child goes missing. The app is called Child ID and you can find all the details here.

Urban Farmer and Lead Trainer at Milwaukee’s Growing Power, Will Allen, is being awarded for Leadership from the James Beard Foundation. The foundation is focused on honoring power players that create a healthier and sustainable food world. Allen will be awarded at a food conference in New York City in October. More info here at: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/lifestyle/127552448.html

It’s summer, but let’s talk about winter for a minute. Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center will be the home to this year’s Winter Fest. Expect igloos, ice skating, snow castles, and plenty of winter obstacle courses. The other great news? Well, it’s indoor and it will create 200 seasonal jobs for Milwaukee. Want to think about winter some more? Just visit: http://www.jsonline.com/business/127494668.html.