To keep Between the Bars – and you – up-to-date, this weekly post provides a compilation of both the amusing and the significant (mostly the amusing) local stories from the last few days that I've found by keeping a sharp eye on the local newswire. Enjoy the wealth of information, dear readers. You deserve it.
• Another heat wave is coming our way and bringing only a chance of rain. The National Weather Service predicts heat index values of 95 to 99 degrees Sunday afternoon and 100 to 105 degrees Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Cue the painfully annoying "it's so hot" jokes.
• The Journal Sentinel reported last week that the Common Council committee approved a resolution to set up a bike-sharing program, kiosks positioned around the city that allow members to "borrow" bicycles for short trips, which would be modeled after existing programs in other cities, like Madison B-cycle (pictured above). Assuming it meets full council approval, the program could be in place as soon as next spring. I think this is a great idea. But, will they come with snow tires?
• It’s been more than four months since the Times and Rosebud theaters closed their doors, depriving Milwaukeeans of a unique place to watch classic and block buster flicks. Both theaters were purchased by a local investor during the foreclosure auction in May, and are tentatively reopening in August, according to the Wauwatosa Patch.
• A five-alarm fire gutted the auto garage on Center Street in Riverwest this morning, spreading quickly throughout the building and engolfing the upstairs apartments, art studios and galleries. It took about five hours, in excessive heat, to get the blaze under control. Two firefighters were hospitalized for heat exhaustion, according the Jounral Sentinel.
Original photo from Flickr.com (Creative Commons) by Jeramey Jannene