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•  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that "two employees were killed at a Roundy's warehouse in Oconomowoc Tuesday night, while the suspect is also dead after a crash in Milwaukee Wednesday morning.

"Police have so far released a basic timeline of events, but it is still unclear what exactly happened inside the warehouse and who was involved. Police have not confirmed that the incident was a shooting, though city officials and others have referred to it that way."

The story says that the "victims were 'normal working people trying to make a living'  The two men killed inside Roundy's Distribution Center in Oconomowoc were Kevin Kloth, 50, of Germantown, and Kevin W. Schneider, 39, of West Allis.  They had worked there for at least 20 years, according to a union official."

•  From the Washington Post:

"Cigarette use in a number of developing countries may fall to zero in the next three decades as smokers quit or switch to alternative products, according to a new report.

"Smoking will disappear by 2050 from the U.S., parts of Europe, Australia and large chunks of Latin America if the declining trend seen in the last decades continues, Adam Spielman, analyst at Citigroup, wrote in a note published Tuesday."

Of course, the problem is that this trend means that the purveyors of addiction and death will invest even more time and money in smoking alternatives … we can only hope that next generations are smart enough not to take the lures and fall for the lies.  (Not that I feel strongly about this stuff…)