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21-year-old woman sexually assaulted near UW campus

9 hours 21 min ago

A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a stranger after being followed along S. Park Street at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to UW-Madison Crime Alert.

According to the crime report, the victim was grabbed from behind while walking in Fahrenbrook Court after going out with friends in the State Street area. The perpetrator threatened to shoot her, however no weapon was seen, the report said.

The assault occurred in a parking lot and the suspect fled south on N. Mills Street afterwards. The suspect is described as a  6-foot-tall black male with a muscular build, short hair and facial stubble wearing a light colored t-shirt and shorts, the report says.

The Madison Police Department is currently investigating the case and are updating details on their website, police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

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Bucky soaks Chancellor Becky Blank in #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:40pm

University of Wisconsin’s Chancellor Rebecca Blank got a taste of a second “polar vortex”  after accepting her nomination for the Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday.

Blank was nominated by UW Police Chief Susan Riesling to pour a bucket of iced water over her head as part of a funding campaign for The ALS Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and assistance for those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Joined by Bucky, Blank cited the accomplishments of UW’s stem cell research program and its breakthrough findings on ALS in her video.

“The University of Wisconsin has been a leader in ALS research through our groundbreaking stem cell research program,” Blank said in the video.

According to a statement from The ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has contributed $22.9 million dollars to the cause thus far – a $21 million dollar increase in donations from last year.

Blank nominated the Abraham Lincoln statue that sits on top of Bascom Hill and Dean of Students Lori Berquam to the Ice Bucket Challenge. In Abe’s video, he nominates various mascots and statues from Big Ten schools.

Unlike Abe however, Blank ended her video with a Melvin Gordon and James White-esque touchdown dance.

Blank joins a long list of Badger’s rising to the challenge like Badger football coach Gary Anderson and the senior members of the football team, various players from the men’s basketball team and women’s soccer team.

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Photo Slideshow: “Hippie Christmas” in Madison

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:48pm

Every single year on a weekend in the middle of August, the city of Madison becomes host to an event known as “Hippie Christmas.”  This transition period of students moving in and out of both apartments and houses throughout the city brings along an abundant amount of opportunities for people to grab whatever “trash” is left to be thrown away.

Photo Above: People scour through overloaded dumpsters for wanted items on Gerry Court.

Photo Below: Different angle of the same scene.

Photo Below: A student sits on the sidewalk of Langdon Street while reading a book and keeping a watchful eye over her possessions.

Photo Below: A front yard on Henry Street (off of Langdon Street) is cluttered with old furniture and a wide variety of other items.

Photo Below: Same yard as the photo above, but from the opposite angle.

Photo Below: Another angle of the same yard. Keep in mind that most of these items are fair game for anybody to take.

Photo Below: Owners of the home overlooking their front yard.

Photo Below: One of numerous overflowing dumpsters throughout Madison on August 13th. (Photo off of Henry Street between Gilman and Gorham)

Photo Below: A used and stained lovesac rests up next to a tree on Mifflin Street.

Photo Below: Items lay out in the front yards on Mifflin Street.

Photo Below: More items on Mifflin Street that are up for grabs.

Photo Below: Another pile of “trash” off of Marion Street.

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Happ wins decisively in Democratic attorney general primary

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:00am

Susan Happ, a rural district attorney, won decisively in the three-way Democratic primary for attorney general Tuesday, taking down two candidates from Wisconsin’s largest cities.

Happ, the Jefferson County district attorney, won with 52.3 percent of the vote, defeating longtime state Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. Richards and Ozanne received 32.1 and 15.5 percent of the vote, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“Tonight’s results are proof positive that Wisconsin voters are ready for a different kind of Attorney General,” Happ said in a statement. “I’m proud that my message of protecting our families, tackling our heroin epidemic head on, and putting sex offenders and domestic abusers behind bars where they belong has resonated with voters across Wisconsin.”

Happ will face Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel on Nov. 4. Schimel, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, hopes to replace Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who declined to run for a third term.

State Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate congratulated Happ on her win, as did the national group Emily’s List, which endorsed Happ in the primary. Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president, said in a statement she is “excited to stand with Su and Wisconsin women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

Responding to Happ’s win, Schimel said in a statement the state’s voters “will have a clear choice between two starkly different candidates for Attorney General.”

“I will hold sacred my oath to defend our constitution,” Schimel said. “I will enforce our laws as written and leave the writing of the laws to the legislature, where that responsibility belongs. I will focus the Department of Justice on keeping Wisconsin families safe.”

In the governor’s race, state Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, lost his long-shot challenge against Democrat Mary Burke, the former Trek executive and Department of Commerce secretary. With 93 percent of votes in, Burke was up 83 percent to 17 percent, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Hulsey said he will “definitely support her to defeat Walker” and said he will continue to focus on his energy consulting business.

“I got a lot of support across the state,” Hulsey said of his candidacy. “I was happy with my efficiency, my vote for dollar investment.”

Burke, who will be up against Gov. Scott Walker in November, said the state is now “one step closer to the new direction our state needs.”

“My commitment to the people of our great state is simple – I will be a Governor who works for you and puts common sense problem solving ahead of the politics that have divided our state,” Burke said in a statement.

But Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney said in a statement “we can’t afford to go backward to the policies of Mary Burke that have already failed the state once before,” referring to her time as state commerce secretary under former Gov. Jim Doyle.

The lieutenant governor’s race, however, was much closer. State Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, won with 55 percent of the vote against frequent Capitol protester Mary Jo Walters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Hulsey’s replacement in the state Legislature will likely be Ald. Lisa Subeck, District 1, who beat fellow City Council member Ald. Mark Clear, District 19. Subeck won with 56.7 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Dane County Clerk’s office. There is no Republican running for the seat.

Subeck campaign manager Zach Madden said Subeck is excited to join the state Legislature and will fight for progressive causes.

Clear said he is uncertain of his future plans, but will make a decision soon on whether he will run for City Council again next April.

“I’m really proud of the campaign that we ran,” Clear said. “It was positive, a message of trying to hone down the level of rhetoric and partisan rivalry in the capitol, apparently it’s  not what the electorate is ready for.”

Meanwhile, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney is poised to serve a third term after easily dispatching his Democratic primary challenger, former deputy N. Peter Endres. Mahoney had 89.4 percent of the vote while Endres had 10.4 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Dane County Clerk.

In another closely watched race, state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport, defeated three other Republicans in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac.

With 87 percent of votes in, Grothman won with 38 percent of the vote, while state Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, and Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, had 30 percent and 28 percent, according to the Journal Sentinel. The fourth candidate, Tom Denow, had 4 percent of the vote.

Grothman will face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris in November.

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