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John McGivern & John Gurda of Around the Corner Voted “Best of Milwaukee”

1-31-19 McGivernAndGurda.jpgTwo of the driving forces behind Milwaukee PBS’ highest rated local series were just voted the “Best of Milwaukee.” John McGivern has been selected as the Best TV Personality and the Best Stage Actor, and John Gurda was chosen as the Best Author, by the readers of the Shepherd Express.

John McGivern is the host of Around the Corner with John McGivern, a weekly series that explores living, working and playing in the state’s unique communities. John Gurda appears with McGivern at the start of each program and provides some history and context to the area. For eight seasons, McGivern and Gurda have delighted viewers by bringing to television the local flavor of each community, the history of these communities, and the personal stories of the residents.

The Shepherd Express has published the “Best of Milwaukee” list since the 1980s. This list is based entirely on the votes of its readers, and recognizes the best the city has to offer in food, retail, health, culture and politics.

This year, McGivern won both Best TV Personality and Best Stage Actor, two categories he has won numerous times over the last several years. A multiple Emmy award-winning actor, McGivern’s professional career has encompassed stage, film and television since 1979. As is evident to his viewers, McGivern loves every moment of hosting Around the Corner with John McGivernas it allows him to see different communities that make up the state that he will always call home.

A celebrated Milwaukee historian, John Gurda is a hard man to beat in the category of Best Author. He has been winning this honor almost every year for over a decade. Gurda has introduced our city’s unique history to both Milwaukee residents and the rest of the nation. Milwaukee PBS’ widely successful docu-series, The Making of Milwaukee was based on Gurda’s book of the same name and continues to air on Milwaukee PBS and on PBS stations across the country, 12 years after its premiere. Also, Gurda’s book, Milwaukee: A City Built on Water was also developed into a documentary that premiered on Milwaukee PBS in 2015 and continues to be broadcast in Milwaukee, statewide, and throughout the country.

Around the Corner with John McGivern™ airs at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays on Milwaukee PBS Channel 10, and is currently in its eighth season. The weekly series is also broadcast throughout the state on Wisconsin Public Television and nationally on the WORLD Channel, which is broadcast locally on Milwaukee PBS Channel 36.2 (Spectrum 976).

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Fisherman finds WWII hand grenade, tosses into trunk, drives to Taco Bell

What would you do if you found a World War II hand grenade? One Florida fisherman tossed it into his trunk and then drove to a crowded Taco Bell restaurant before calling police.

The unidentified man called police around 5 p.m. Saturday and said he discovered the explosive device while magnet fishing in Ocklawaha. He then put it in the trunk of his vehicle, according to police.

The authorities arrived and evacuated the restaurant, according to the Ocala Police Department, after which the Marion County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad removed the grenade without incident. They later disposed of it safely, and the Taco Bell eventually reopened for business.

A a tweet from the Ocala Police Department includes a photo of the gunk-encrusted grenade.

In case you’re wondering, magnet fishing is a kind of treasure hunting hobby in which you use strong magnets to latch onto and retrieve metal debris from bodies of water.

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Wacky But True Robber Story

A man walked into a Georgia convenience store, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer the man pulled out a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving his $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer was $15.

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Real-life Scooby-Dooby Doo helps cops nab a thief

Officers with the New York City Police Department solved a series of recent burglaries with the help of a golden retriever they’ve dubbed “Scooby-Dooby Doo,” according to The Washington Post.

The cops say they got a tip about a possible suspect, and were greeted at the front door of the man’s home by the excited four-year-old puppy. After realizing the pooch had been stolen, they investigated further and found more stolen and illegal items, including credit cards, green cards, narcotic pills, jewelry, a machete and a sword — as well as Scooby’s personalized leash.

The police reported on Twitter that the dog is back with his real owner and the suspect is in custody facing burglary and other charges.


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Man calls in bomb hoax to avoid parents’ visit

A French airliner travelling from Lyon to Rennes earlier this month was forced to make an emergency landing after a bomb hoax was called in by a man who didn’t want to see his parents, according to the Independent.

Authorities investigating the call said the person behind the hoax was a 23-year-old college student in Rennes, who allegedly didn’t want his parents — who were on the flight — to visit him, according to the British newspaper.

The man was arrested and charged with “false news compromising the safety of an aircraft in flight,” according to the aviation website Airlive. He’s due to appear in criminal court on May 21.

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Tomorrow is Free Bacon Day

A reminder: tomorrow (Tuesday) is free bacon day at McDonald’s. You can crumble it in your hot fudge sundae, add it to your Filet-O-Fish sandwich or eat it with some hash browns. McDonald’s is giving away free bacon for one hour tomorrow from 4 to 5 PM in celebration of three bacon-themed items being added to the chain’s Classics menu for a limited time. They include the Big Mac bacon burger, the Quarter Pounder bacon burger and cheesy bacon fries.

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Pup Pre-Nups

Any dog lover will tell you that their pooch is part of the family. So what happens when their “parents” decide to split?

Breakups are never pleasant and often times downright messy, especially when it comes to the division of assets. Who gets the family pet has become such a hot topic that couples are including the issue in prenups.

However, it’s not uncommon to hear one party using the dog as more of a bargaining tool to get what they want, according to Mitchell B. Gordon, a Chicago-based attorney with Bradford & Gordon, Inc. He points out that a lot of times, it’s not the pet that couples are really fighting over.

“One partner knows the emotions the other has [for] the pet and uses it against them in the divorce,” Gordon explained.

So what’s in a pet prenup? Instructions on care and custody, along with a designated veterinarian to make any medical decisions, should its human parents be unable to agree.

However, courts don’t consider Fluffy or Rover as part of your family. The law view pets as personal property,  just like the contents in your home, even as people’s relationships to their pets have changed over time.  That’s why some states are looking at changing pets’ status.

In most cases it comes down to which partner’s name is on the paperwork when purchasing or adopting the dog, Regina DeMao, an attorney in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland area, said.

“Title is important,” said DeMao. “With certain joint property you can sell it and split the proceeds. But with a pet, you can’t do that.”

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Emotional Support…Alligator?

A Pennsylvania man said his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney said Wally the alligator likes to snuggle and give hugs. Wally is about 5 feet long. Henney said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression.

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We Feel Like We’re in Good Shape About 9 Times a Month

The average adult feels like they’re in good shape about nine times a month. Lack of sleep, heavy workloads and a lack of exercise mean less than one third of the year is spent feeling in tip top condition, both mentally and physically. Instead, the average adult will have three days a week where they feel tired or lacking in energy, and two occasions where they spend the day in a bad mood.