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AMKE: The List 8-19-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

There’s talks of former Governor Tommy Thompson moving forward with his run for State Senate. He just announced the co-chairmen for his campaign, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. There’s been signs of Thompson making a go at the Senate, but this recent announcement is the strongest sign yet. More details available at: www.jsonline.com.

The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $4 million to eight different Wisconsin organizations that focus on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program is in its second year and its had over $700 million put into projects that repair and restore the Great Lakes. The money will go towards cleaning up toxic spots, combating invasive species and promoting water quality. Want to learn more? Just click here.

Google launched something new...yet again.  It’s an online music magazine with free tunes. Its music site is called “Google Magnifier” and basically it helps users find the songs they like and then help them add it to the Google Music Beta, the company’s music service. It also has music videos, interviews with musicians and the usual workings of a music magazine. They want people to turn to this site to find new music opposed to hearing about it from friends...like “Google Magnifier” showed me this song. If you want more details, just visit this link.

Waukesha native Sam Llanas has officially left the BoDeans. The band told fans this on their facebook page yesterday. They never gave a reason for the split but the band did say they’ll continue all of their tours and promotional commitments including this weekend’s show at “A la Carte” at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Want to learn more about the band? Just stay on our website and search BoDeans.

Work to convert the former Pabst Brew House and Mill House into a six-story, 90 room extended stay hotel will start in September. The zoning changes for the project were approved this week. The houses are at the northwest corner of West Juneau Avenue and North 10th Street. It will take roughly 12 to 14 months to flip the houses into a hotel.
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Tom DuBuque died in a car crash while traveling in South Africa. He was 64-years-old and known to many as the house manager and face of the Pabst Theater. For over 40 years, DuBuque was extremely involved at the Pabst and at other venues. He took pride in organizing and supervising usher crews. A memorial service will be planned at the Pabst Theater. If you’d like to learn about Tom and his involvement at the Pabst, visit www.jsonline.com.

I’ve never been to the Domes…and this is even more reason for me to go. Milwaukee’s Domes Art Festival...it starts tonight at Mitchell Park and runs through Sunday. It’s a chance for community members to hear live music, try local food and view fine arts. The festival is all about focusing on the preservation and improvement of the Domes.