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The Milwaukee Bucks came from behind in the second half Wednesday to beat the winless New Jersey Nets 99-85 at the Bradley Center. The Nets shot 53 percent in the first half, and were up by seven at the break. But Milwaukee started the third quarter with a 15-0 run and New Jersey fizzled out and shot just 24 percent in the second half. The Nets only dressed eight players for the second straight night due to a rash of injuries. Chris Douglas-Roberts had a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds, as New Jersey dropped to 0-12. Andrew Bogut had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks.
The Green Bay Packers have lost quarterback Brian Brohm. Media reports say the Buffalo Bills signed Brohm to a two-year contract Wednesday and the Packers tried to keep him by offering the same two-year package and a newly-opened roster spot. The Packers had cut Brohm at the end of training camp, but he signed with Green Bay's practice squad after he cleared waivers. The Packers reportedly offered him the roster spot vacated Wednesday when receiver Jake Allen was waived.
Six Wisconsin House districts that don't exist are listed as getting more than $2 million from the federal stimulus package. The state has eight House districts. But the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity said a phantom Ninth Congressional District got stimulus money, and so did the 10th, 14th, 39th, and 55th Districts. Even a district labeled 00 was said to get stimulus cash. Government agencies have been criticized for over-stating jobs that were claimed to be saved or created. Rep.
So far, so good for the fish on the new Lake Delton. The state Department of Natural Resources measured the fish by momentarily stunning them so they'd float to the surface. Fisheries supervisor Scot Stewart said fish were discovered on all parts of the lake, and the walleye averaged 10 inches. He said walleye and bass should reach their legal size limits within the next two years. Lake Delton got washed away almost a year and a-half ago, after heavy rains and floods eroded parts of the shoreline and the water got dumped down the Wisconsin River.
The current wave of swine flu cases in Wisconsin appears to have reached its peak two weeks ago. That's what state officials said, after reporting 11 more deaths from the H1N1 virus. Spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said some of the patients died a couple weeks ago - but it takes awhile to confirm them. A test must show that a person died from influenza, and then a second test must confirm that the H1N1 virus was involved. Finally, a doctor or a corner must decide if the death was related to swine flu and not to an underlying condition like pneumonia or heart disease.
Don't worry about a cranberry shortage this Thanksgiving. The industry says the harvests are running at projected levels and they won't drive up prices for cranberry sauce. The final harvest numbers are not available yet, but an industry spokesman says Wisconsin should meet the total of 400 million pounds projected this summer. That's about 10 percent lower than last year's record yield. Wisconsin is the nation's No. 1 cranberry maker. It grows about 60 percent of the U.S. crop.
At least some doctors in Wisconsin say they won't follow new federal guidelines on mammograms for women to check for early signs of breast cancer. Gale Sisney of University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison hopes the current outcry against the new rules is so loud, that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force rescinds the guidelines. They say women should start having mammograms in their 50s instead of their 40s, and to have them every two years instead of annually.
The head of a state veterans' nursing home who was fired in August amid allegations of over-spending has gotten his old job back. Veterans' Affairs Secretary John Scocos re-instated William Crowley, after a Justice Department investigation found that more than $700,000 in spending was justified and that no criminal acts were committed. Crowley was fired by Ken Black, who was filling in as secretary while Scocos was serving in Iraq. After last week's Justice report, Scocos said Crowley had been treated unfairly - and he demoted Black from deputy secretary to a lower administrator's post.
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from Boston. Kotteras, 26, was drafted by San Diego in 2002. He played in 45 games for the Red Sox this year, batting .237 with one homer and 10 RBI's. Meanwhile, FoxSports.com says free agent starter Jarrod Washburn wants to play with either Milwaukee or Minnesota, in order to play close to his home at Webster in northwest Wisconsin. He said he's not sure how much interest the Brewers or Twins might have and he said his surgically-repaired left knee feels good right now.
OSHKOSH --Defense Secretary Robert Gates came to Oshkosh Thursday to tour a plant where a new type of mine-resistant vehicle is being made for service in Afghanistan. The Oshkosh Corp., has a $3 billion contract to deliver thousands of the all terrain vehicles by next spring. Oshkosh Corp., already makes mine resistant vehicles for use in Iraq.