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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Photos of the Week (06/08/14)

Photos of the Week


1) On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory,” according to the U.S. Army website about D-Day. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. The cost was high — more than 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded — but more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe that led to the liberation of France and marked the turning point in the Western theater of World War II. Friday marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, still one of the world's most gut-wrenching and consequential battles. This photograph, credited to Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent, is titled “Into the Jaws of Death — U.S. Troops wading through water and Nazi gunfire.” It has been captioned: Landing craft from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembark troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing, two-thirds of Company E became casualties. Photo: US Army


2) American soldiers help others whose landing craft was sunk off Utah Beach on D-Day. The survivors reached the beach of Cherbourg by using a life raft. Photo: Everett Collection


3) U.S. soldiers land on Utah Beach from the landing craft. According to the U.S. Army, Utah Beach was added to the initial invasion plan almost as an afterthought. The allies needed a major port as soon as possible, and Utah Beach would U.S. troops within 60 kilometers of Cherbourg at the outset. The major obstacles in this sector weren't so much the beach defenses, but the flooded and rough terrain that blocked the way north. Photo: Everett Collection


4) U.S. assault troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment, wounded on Omaha Beach on D-Day, wait for evacuation for further medical treatment in Collville-sur-Mer, Normandy. Photo: Everett Collection


5) By June 11, the Allies had secured the Cotentin Peninsula beyond Cherbourg but progress continued slowly as the Germans put up fierce resistance. The end of the Normandy campaign came with the destruction of the German 7th Army in the Falaise pocket in August. The U.S. Army website about D-Day says of this photograph: “The spirit of the American soldier: this beachhead is secure.” Fellow soldiers erected this monument to an American soldier killed somewhere on the shell-blasted coast of Normandy. Photo: Everett Collection


6) Ninety-four-year-old World War II veteran Sherwin Callander talks to the media after a naturalization ceremony, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. The World War II veteran from Alabama is headed to France for D-Day ceremonies, a trip that seemed unlikely just last week. Callander read about ceremonies for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and thought it would be meaningful to go. He hadn't been back to France since landing on Utah Beach during the Battle of Normandy, but he hit a snag when he went to get a passport. Callander was born in Canada to an American mother, and his family moved to the U.S. when he was 3. But he didn't have documentation proving his U.S. citizenship. Federal officials heard his story and on Monday gave him a proof of citizenship certificate so he could get a passport in time to leave for France just hours later. Photo: David Goldman | AP


7) 91 year old U.S WW II veteran Edward Tierney from Brock Berry, Connecticut, who landed on June 14, 1944 with the 91st transport group division to evacuate wounded soldiers, signs autographs prior to a wreath laying ceremony at the Omaha Beach memorial in Saint Laurent sur Mer, France, as part of the commemoration of the 70th D-Day anniversary, Wednesday June 4, 2014. World leaders and veterans are preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion this week in Normandy. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


8) British veteran Frederick Glover looks  on as parachutists descend from a plane during a D-Day commemoration event in Ranville, northern France, on June 5. Some 3,000 veterans are among those attending ceremonies across the northern French coastline where Allied forces landed in the largest seaborne invasion in history to help speed up the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.  Photo: Thomas Bregardis / Pool via Reuters


9) D-Day veterans Frederick Carrier, 89, left, and Raymond Sylvester, 94, listen to the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Utah beach on June 5. Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images


10) British soldiers stand on a debark ship in Arromanches, France, as they watch a firework display on June 5. Photo: Matej Divizna / Getty Images Contributor


11) Australian World War II veterans place crosses and flags at graves before attending a French-British ceremony at the British War cemetery in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Leon Neal, pool)


12) Artists perform in front of fireworks during the international D-Day commemoration ceremony in Ouistreham, in Normandy. Photo: AFP/Getty Images


13) An American flag is placed in the sand of Omaha Beach, western France, Friday, June 6, 2014. Veterans and Normandy residents are paying tribute to the thousands who gave their lives in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France 70 years ago. World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)


14) U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande look out at Omaha Beach, one of the sites of the Allied soldiers beach landings, at Normandy American Cemetery as they participate in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Colleville sur Mer in Normandy, France, Friday, June 6, 2014.  Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters


15) British D-Day veteran Ken Scott, 98, who was an infantry sergeant with the Durham Light Infantry on Gold beach, looks at headstones following a service at Bayeux cemetery on June 6. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images


16) A veteran talks to U.S. President Barack Obama, at the Normandy American Cemetery, at Omaha Beach as he participates in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


17) A military re-enactor dressed in a World War II uniform wipes his eye during a gathering on Omaha beach on June 6 to commemorate the sacrifice of the soldiers who landed there on D-Day 70 years earlier.  Photo: Matej Divizna / Getty Images


18) President Barack Obama (front left) and French President Francois Hollande (middle) stand with The Queen (second left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (front right) and David Cameron (back left) pose for a photo outside the Chateau Benouville. Photo: AP


19) Events commemorating the D-Day invasion's 70th anniversary ended in style with a firework display in front of world leaders at Sword Beach in Ouistreham. Photo: AFP/Getty Images


20) In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two American values, never leave a man behind and never negotiate with terrorists, collided in the Bergdahl calamity with each ethos running deep in the American conscience. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)


21) Flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo and the still-murky circumstances of how Bergdahl came to be captured nearly five years ago have prompted a fierce debate in Washington and across the country. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)


22) Two Waukesha, WI girls, Morgan E. Geyser and  Anissa E. Weier were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, each facing up to 65 years in prison. Their victim, another 12-year-old from Waukesha, was stabbed 19 times by either Geyser or Weier or both, according to a criminal complaint. All three attend Horning Middle School in Waukesha. Photos: Abe Van Dyke


23) Members of the Civil Defense rescue children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo June 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz)


24) Spc. Wesley Freeman embraces his girlfriend Christie McCarron as he says goodbye before roll call on the eve his unit, the Georgia National Guard 876th Vertical EN Company, deploys to Afghanistan on May 29 in Toccoa, Ga. The unit's deployment marks the last for the Georgia Army National Guard to Afghanistan as the military looks to withdraw all but some 10,000 troops after 2014. Photo: David Goldman / AP


25) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre left, and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, proceed through the Royal Gallery, during the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords, in London, Wednesday June 4, 2014. The State Opening of Parliament is an annual pageant of pomp and politics centered on the Queen's Speech, a legislative program written by the government but read out by the monarch before a crowd of lawmakers, ermine-robed peers and ceremonial officials in bright garb evoking centuries past. (AP Photo/Yui Mok, Pool)


26) Archbishop Anders Wejryd, left, baptizes Princess Leonore held by her mother Princess Madeleine and father Christopher O'Neill, right, during the christening ceremony in the Drottningholm Palace church outside Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/TT, Jonas Ekstromer)


27) EXTRA - I missed this one a few weeks ago.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie,  holds 6-week-old Willow DeParre, as first lady Mary Pat Christie looks on as they greet people during the opening of the New Jersey shore, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. Christie cut a ribbon to symbolically reopen the state's shore for the summer season, seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Several beach communities have annual beach ribbon cuttings, announcing they are back in business. But this year's ceremonies are more poignant seven months after a storm that did an estimated $37 billion of damage in the state. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


28) Chonette Johnson receives a congratulatory kiss from her son, Javion, as she and her classmates march to graduation at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Conn., on May 29. Photo: Jim Michaud / Journal Inquirer via AP


29) Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Photo: Andy Manis | AP


30 Athletes jumped into the water from the San Francisco Belle to begin the first leg of the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco on Sunday. Participants must swim 1.5 miles, bike 18 miles and run 8 miles to finish the grueling race. Photo: NOAH BERGER / Reuters


31) On Monday, guests in Brussels strapped into chairs with harnesses stationed around a miniature kitchen in the sky, where a starred chef prepared and served lunch accompanied by wine. The experience, deemed "Dinner in the Sky," is a unique opportunity to discover Brussels' high cuisine and enjoy spectacular views above the city's Parc du Cinquantenaire. The high-wire event will be offered until June 29th. Photo: GEORGES GOBET / AFP - Getty Images


32) "Life: Magnified" is an exhibit of scientific images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times. The exhibit is on display at Washington Dulles International Airport’s Gateway Gallery from June through November 2014. This human T cell (blue) is under attack by HIV (yellow), the virus that causes AIDS. The virus specifically targets T cells, which play a critical role in the body’s immune response against microbial invaders. Photo: Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer and Austin Athman / National Institutes of Health


33) Giant portraits by French street artist and photographer JR are pictured during the presentation of his creation at the Pantheon in Paris, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The French government named JR to decorate with portraits the dome of Paris' Pantheon that is the final resting place for 72 of France's renowned men, and just one woman, as the monument is undergoing a 2 year renovation. Here's another look. (AP Photos/Francois Mori) And another.  Photo: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP - Getty Images


34) Curator Steve Lazarides poses for a portrait next to an art work by British artist Banksy, during a press preview of an unauthorized retrospective exhibition showing some 70 works of art in London, Friday, June, 6, 2014. Banksy is most famous for his anarchic humorous graffiti works that appear on street architecture without notice around Britain., that then appear as paintings or prints. Recently disputes have arisen over ownership of his art that appear on walls or doors due the value of the work. Lazarides was Bansky's agent during his early years as an artist. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


35) A woman looks at the installation "My Feet" by Erik Kessels at the F/Stop Photography Festival in Leipzig June 7, 2014. "My Feet" is a collection of thousands of "foot selfies". (REUTERS/Thomas Pete)


36) A hailstorm interrupted a friendly soccer game between the Belgian national team, the Red Devils, and Tunisia, on Saturday at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. The Red Devils are preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  Photo: OLIVIER HOSLET / EPA


37) Drivers take photos of a rainbow after they stopped their cars on a highway in Beijing Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)


38) A giant replica of a prescient octopus made suckers of commuters in Britain’s capital Tuesday when the truck carrying it broke down, blocking one of London's busiest intersections in the morning rush hour. The cephalopod statue was being towed on behalf of a betting company that had used it as a prop in a promotional campaign ahead of this month’s soccer World Cup when the truck apparently broke down. It is a replica of Paul, a celebrated aquarium octopus from Germany that became famous for correctly predicting the results of games. The truck blocked the intersection of Oxford Street and Regent Street – two of London’s busiest shopping thoroughfares – at about 8.30 a.m. local time (3.30 a.m. ET), snarling traffic. Angry Londoners took to Twitter, saying the breakdown had been deliberately staged to attract publicity. The company, Betfair, said the incident was unplanned. “We’d like to apologize for any inconvenience,” it said in a statement. Photo: Stephen Behan / Rex via AP


39) In a bid to set a new world record, a total of 2,001 people, mostly students, hugged trees on the outskirts of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, for about two minutes Thursday to mark World Environment Day. The previous mass tree-hugging record was set in the U.S. when 936 people hugged trees in 2013. Another look.  Photos: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA and PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP - Getty Images


40) Pope Francis balances a basket ball offered by members of a basketball team as he leads a special audience for members of CSI (Italian sport centres) in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican June 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)


41) Sister Cristina Scuccia, performs during the final of the Italian version of the TV talent show "The Voice" in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. With her full habit, sensible shoes and cheering nuns in her camp, Sister Cristina Scuccia made it to Thursday's finals of the Italian version of "The Voice" after capturing the attention of millions of YouTube viewers, with her first-round performance in March. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)


42) Eighth grade home-schooled student Jacob Williamson, 15, of Cape Coral, Fla., reacts after correctly spelling the word "harlequinade," during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 29 at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP.  Williamson did not win. That honor went to co-champions, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sunjoe.


43) A sand sculpture of a cartoon figure of the World Cup mascot "Fuleco" is displayed along with the national flag of Brazil on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday June 8, 2014. Brazil is hosting the World Cup soccer tournament starting June 12. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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