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Milwaukee, overwhelmed with emotion, prepares for a championship parade that could draw hundreds of thousands today

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map: Highlighted area of the Milwaukee Bucks 2021 championship parade viewing area near the Fiserv Forum. © Graphic by Erin Caughey Highlighted area of the Milwaukee Bucks 2021 championship parade viewing area near the Fiserv Forum.

Still overwhelmed with emotion, Bucks fans bought gear, shared memories and reflected on a title: "I haven't woke up, I haven't slept. So, I've been up like this," Giannis said while clutching the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy in the drive-thru at a Chick-Fil-A in Brookfield. "This is why I love Milwaukee. This is why I chose to stay, because we celebrate together. It's been like this since day one. It's been like this day one and I love this." Oh, yes. Love. The perfect word that captured the moment for a player, a team, and a city.

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MARCUS CENTER: The Marcus Center grove is replaced by a lawn, but instead of new trees, it's enclosed by a fence. "It looks like a prison yard."

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The Games

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MORE BREWERS: The Brewers are a first-place team and the Royals are a last-place team, but that didn't stop the Brewers from dropping their 4th consecutive game to KC. That's baseball, as they say.

Today in Wisconsin History

In the early evening hours of July 22, 2010, as much as 71/2 inches of rain drenched Milwaukee and its immediate suburbs, snarling traffic, flooding neighborhoods and knocking out power for thousands. In the North Shore, the rushing water turned streets into rivers, and a 19-year-old University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student died after his car careened into Lincoln Creek at the peak of the storm. - Chris Foran

Today's Weather

A high of 83 with a chance of storms after noon.

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