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Police: Fight began inside food court, shots fired outside mall

Police responded to a report of shots fired near West Towne Mall in Madison Saturday night. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a disturbance began inside the food court Saturday around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. People started physically fighting inside but moved the fight outdoors, just outside the food court, where multiple shots were fired. Someone ran, got into a vehicle and fled the scene, DeSpain said. Police said officers believed that several additional shots were fired as the subject began fleeing the area. Police don't know how many people were involved in the disturbance, but said it was a small group of people. Everyone involved fled before police arrived. Officers found shell casings outside JC Penney and the food court entrance. Police said West Towne Mall was locked down and people were advised to stay out of the area. DeSpain said the mall would be closed for the rest of the night. DeSpain said the shooting was not random. Police did not have details on the people involved and were still investigating and speaking to witnesses Saturday night. Police believe the shooting is likely due to an ongoing dispute. Police did not know if the incident was gang related. Officers were still at the scene Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:54:01 GMT

Thousands gather at Capitol to protest right-to-work

Thousands of Wisconsin union workers have rallied at the Capitol to protest a right-to-work bill set to be taken up again this week. PHOTOS A spokesman for the Department of Administration said between 2,500 and 3,000 people gathered at the Capitol Saturday. There were about 2,000 there for rallies Tuesday and Wednesday. Protesters wore construction helmets and Teamster jackets as they rallied against a right-to-work bill that was rapidly passed by the Wisconsin Senate last week and is expected to pass the Republican-dominated Assembly. Speakers jeered about Gov. Scott Walker's comment Thursday that fighting against 100,000 protesters during the Act 10 debates in 2011 prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Protesters also held signs that said they were not terrorists. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:24:26 GMT

Officer says he was poisoned at McDonald's

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was taken to the hospital after reportedly drinking cleaning solution from a drink he ordered at McDonald's. According to the police report, the officer visited the McDonald's on the west side of Indianapolis on Feb. 21. The officer reported he filled his cup with tea from the iced tea dispenser and immediately felt a burning sensation in his throat upon consuming the drink. The officer immediately alerted the store's manager, who stated there should have been a cup over the dispenser because they were cleaning the device. The officer found the dispenser contained a heavy duty degreaser, according to the report. The officer called for an ambulance due to complications from the fluid he ingested. He was transported to Methodist Hospital to receive treatment. In late January, a teenager filed a lawsuit, claiming a drink he purchased at McDonald's contained bleach or cleaning solution. The teen reported the incident occurred in late August 2013. He pulled his cup with what he thought was iced tea and immediately "began to vomit and feel a burning sensation in his chest" from drinking "bleach and/or a cleaning solution." The complaint for damages claims the teen suffered unspecified permanent injury, and incurred medical and hospital expenses. Language in the complaint says the teen suffered "the loss of a whole and useful life." The lawsuit does not shed light on why it was filed a year and a half after the alleged incident.

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:16:18 GMT

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon in March

Raise your hand if you are ready for spring and some warmer weather. We can't offer you that, but we can bring a little happiness in the form of the new original programming, classics and documentaries streaming in March. This time around we've added Acorn TV which streams British programming. Netflix: "Patch Adams" "Finding Neverland" "The Brothers Grimm" (2005) "Teen Witch" "30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men" "Evelyn" "Mercy Rule" "Monster High 13 Wishes" "Monster High: Ghouls Rule" "Rules of Engagement" "Food Chains" "The ABCs of Death 2" "Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden" "My Own Man" "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" "Archer: Season 5" "Glee: Season 5" "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" "After the Fall" "Cesar Chavez" "Monster High: Haunted" "How to Train Your Dragon 2" "3rd Rock From the Sun:" Complete Series "A Different World:" Complete Series "Marvel & ESPN Films Present: 1 of 1: Genesis (2014) "You're Not You" "Dummy" "Life Itself" "Bloodline" Season 1 "God's Not Dead" "Mad Men" Season 7 "November Man" "Garfunkel and Oates" season 1 "Turn" Season 1 "Trailer Park Boys" season 9 "Frankie & Alice" "Ask Me Anything" "The Man with the Iron Fists" Amazon Prime: "Drunk History" season 2 "The Alamo" "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening" "Comet Encounter" season 1 "NOVA" volumes 11 & 12 "The Nanny Diaries" "Center Stage: Turn it Up" "Donnie Brasco" "Taxi Driver" "The Kill Team" "Listen Up Philip" (Prime member exclusive) "Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story" "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" "Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets" "God's Not Dead" "The Zero Theorem" (Prime member exclusive) "Frankie & Alice" iTunes: "Last Man on Earth" - Free series premiere (ends 3/16) "Secrets and Lies" - Free series premiere (ends 3/15) "BattleCreek" - free series premiere (ends 3/16) "Top Five" "Foxcatcher" "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies " "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" "Exodus: Gods and Kings" "To Write Love On Her Arms" "Thomas & Friends: Dinos & Discoveries" "Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins" "Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3 The Following - Season 3 Premiere" "Broadchurch"- BBC season 2 premiere "Younger" - free pre-air series premiere (ends 3/31) "CSI: Cyber" - free series Premiere (ends 3/19) "A Year in Champagne" - *iTunes Exclusive (same day as theaters) "Road Hard" (same day as theaters) "Faults" (same day as theaters) "Badasses on the Bayou" (same day as theaters) "American Crime" - free series premiere (ends 3/19) "Dig"- free series premiere (ends 3/17) "Unbroken" "A Most Violent Year " "Winter Sleep" "Annie" "Russell Madness" "Bill Maher: Live from D.C." "Monster High: Haunted" "Island of Lemurs" "Returned" series premiere "Bates Motel" season 3 premiere "The Cobbler - same day as theaters "Champs" - same day as theaters "Cymbeline - same day as theaters "Kardashians" season 10 premiere "The Royals" - free series premiere (ends 3/29) "Wild" "Song of the Sea" "Halo: Nightfall" "Nightlife" - same day as theaters "One Happy" series premiere "iZombie" series premiere "The Riot Club" - same day as theaters "It Follows" - same day as theaters "The Imitation Game" "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" "Tracers" - same day as theaters "Masters of Sex" season 2 "Mr. Selfridge" season 3 premiere "Devil's Backbone Texas" "Parallels" "Women in Black 2" Acorn TV: "New Worlds" "Jamaica Inn" "Small Animal Hospital" "Taggart" "Rebus" "Jo" "The Poison Tree" "Thorne"

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:37:46 GMT


Published: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:57 GMT

Rand Paul wins 2015 CPAC straw poll

Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, with 25.7% of the vote, event organizers announced Saturday at the National Harbor, Maryland, Confab. But the biggest winner of the straw poll was perhaps Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who catapulted from fifth last year to second place this year and came in just four points behind Paul, with 21.4% support. He delivered one of the conference's best-received speeches, laying out his vision for the economy and drawing enthusiastic applause that overshadowed a tone-deaf answer he gave on foreign policy. The closely watched survey of conference attendees represents a small but vocal faction of the Republican party, and the voters tend to be younger and libertarian leaning as many college students attend the gathering. Paul won in 2014 and 2013, and his father, a libertarian icon and former Texas congressman Ron Paul won in 2010 and 2011. 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won that year. The poll has added significance because it's the last CPAC gathering before the 2016 presidential primary season kicks off, thought it is merely a preliminary survey of conservative sentiment, and its past results have rarely been predictive of the GOP's eventual nominee. While Mitt Romney won it in 2012, Gary Bauer, Rudy Giuliani and Steve Forbes have all previously taken the top spot at the conference before fizzling out in the presidential contest. In this year's poll, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz just barely edged retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, taking 11.5 percent to Carson's 11.4 percent support, largely unchanged from last year, when Cruz also took 11 percent and Carson took 9 percent support. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush drew 8 percent for a fifth-place finish, a respectable showing that indicates conservatives are open to the establishment pick, and willing to overlook his moderate views on education and immigration reform. Indeed, last year Bush declined to participate in the straw poll, and his aides downplayed his chances in this year's poll. He delivered a strong performance during the conference, refusing to waver from his support for a legal status for immigrants and even handling a heckler with ease and good humor. But audible boos could be heard from the CPAC crowd on Saturday when Bush's name was read. The poll was perhaps more significant for the losers than the winners. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's inability to break into the top five --- despite emerging as the conservative favorite in the 2012 GOP presidential primary --- suggests he faces an even steeper challenge in trying find a path to the nomination this year. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's 4% support, putting him in seventh place, also suggests he hasn't managed to heal some of the wounds he opened up with conservatives with his role in passing the Senate immigration reform bill in 2013. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal --- three of the GOP's more prominent potential contenders, who have been making the clearest moves towards a White House run --- came in 10th, 11th and 12th places, respectively. That placed them behind real-estate mogul Donald Trump and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, two Republicans seen as much longer shots for the nomination. In this year's survey, 3,007 participants voted, and nearly two-thirds, 63%, were women. As always, CPAC skewed young this year, with a plurality of respondents, 47%, between 18 and 25 years old. The CPAC straw poll offered a snapshot of conservative sentiment on policy issues ranging from immigration reform to the Department of Homeland Security funding fight currently raging on Capitol Hill. Attendees were split on what to do with illegal immigrants currently in the country, with 37% saying they should be deported; 27% saying they should be encouraged to return home and apply for citizenship legally and 18% saying they should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and apply for citizenship. More than three-fourths of attendees supported Congress using its "spending power" to try to defund President Barack Obama's executive action delaying deportations for millions of immigrants, despite the fact that the measure cannot be defunded. And a plurality, 41%, support marijuana legalization, a poll result that drew loud cheers from the young crowd left in the final hour of the final day of the conference.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:26:00 GMT

Brookfield man dies at Zoo Interchange construction site

A man has died after a construction accident at the site of the Zoo Interchange project in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened before 8 a.m. on Saturday near Interstate 94 and 91st Street. Few other details were released, but authorities identified the victim as 33-year-old Ryan Calkins of Brookfield. They said the accident involved machinery, and Calkins was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said the sheriff's office criminal investigation unit is looking into the accident, along with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:18:12 GMT

Social media fight sparks deadly stabbing of 13-year-old, police say

A 13-year-old boy has died after he was stabbed during a fight in Wausau that may have been prompted by a dispute on social media. Wausau police say the stabbing happened Friday after several Wausau high school and middle school students who claim to be gang members had been arguing on Facebook during the day. The Facebook messages indicated that several of the students planned on fighting. At about 5:30 p.m., six or seven juveniles drove to a house on the 900 block of Jefferson Street. One person fired a BB gun at juveniles who were on the porch. Both groups began fighting in the street and the teen was stabbed twice in the back. A friend drove him to a hospital, where he died. A 15-year-old is in custody.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:34:16 GMT

Badger women's hockey wins, men lose

Five different players scored as the Wisconsin Badgers women's hockey team won the first game of its WCHA playoff series with St. Cloud State, 5-1 at LaBahn Arena Friday night. Sarah Nurse, Brittany Ammerman, Katy Josephs, Baylee Wellhausen and Rachel Jones had the goals and Anne-Renee Desbiens had 14 saves for the win. Wisconsin takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three series and can clinch a spot in the WCHA Final Face-Off in Grand Forks with a win Saturday night at 7 p.m. Central. In Ann Arbor, the Badger men's hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to Michigan Friday night. Joel Rumpel had 31 saves in the loss for Wisconsin which dropped to 4-20-4 overall and 2-11-2 in the Big Ten. Zach Hyman, Zach Werenski and JT Compher scored the Wolverine goals as Michigan improved to 10-5-0 in the Big Ten.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:26:01 GMT

Airport to restaurants: We've got a blank space, we'll write your name

Imagine drinking a cup of coffee or sipping on tea while watching airplanes fly off the runway. That's what Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport officials want to offer fliers eventually. For that to happen, airport officials said they need restaurant owners to show interest in an empty space at the airport. "It has a long history. This restaurant has been busy since clear back in the '70s," said Ron Burdick, director of the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport. It was once a unique restaurant that was proven to attract a crowd. "It's always been a big draw," Burdick said. "There was time a when on a weekend you would have an hour wait just to get a table." It's the type of business Burdick hopes to see again after spending $3.2 million in state aid to renovate the terminal building. But restaurants have not showed interest, and Burdick and county officials are still looking to find someone to fill the space. "Just because we put this out and didn't get any responses, it doesn't mean that the project is dead or going to be a tough sale to get people in. It might just be that we didn't write the specifications in such a way to get people in," Assistant to the County Administrator Nick Osborne said. The space that was marketed as a "blank canvas" for potential leasers to make the space their own would cost around $1,700 a month plus the cost it would take to finish the space. Burdick had anticipated the restaurant to open in time for the spring but will now be postponed. "It meets a need in the community and I think in years past it was kind of a fixture in that area where people would look forward to going on a Saturday or Sunday and having breakfast with their families, and it was a fun family event," Osborne said. Burdick said the empty space still shows signs of its past potential, which could lead to future success. "Still today we get three to four calls a month from pilots asking if the restaurant is available yet, so they (customers) are there. We just have to get the facility in place to get it going," he said. County and city officials plan to meet to discuss their options and decide on a way to move forward by public works next meeting on March 24.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:52:42 GMT

Pair robs woman who gave them a ride, police say

A woman who offered a casual acquaintance a ride Friday night because of the cold was robbed, police said. Madison police said a woman was driving on Commercial Avenue and Pulley Drive on Madison's east side when she saw someone she knew walking with another person. According to the report, the woman asked the man and woman if they'd like a ride to get out of the cold at about 8:20 p.m. The two got in the car, and after a short distance, the man threatened to shoot the driver. The woman pulled over and the robbers fled with the driver's wallet. Police said no injuries were reported and no weapon was seen. The male robber was described as black with a dark complexion, tall and skinny, according to the report. He was wearing a black vest, a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The female robber was described as black with a dark complexion, 5 feet 4 inches tall with a skinny build. She was wearing a maroon fitted jacket with a fur liner. She had a long ponytail and wore diamond studs in her ears. Both robbers were in their 20s.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:37:42 GMT

Madison man arrested after standoff on I-94 in Indiana

Indiana State Police said a man from Wisconsin wanted after allegedly firing shots inside an Illinois store was arrested following a standoff on Interstate 94. State police said 34-year-old Vincent Toliver of Madison, Wisconsin, is facing preliminary charges of possession of stolen property and resisting law enforcement. He could not be reached for comment because he was being held in the LaPorte County Jail on Saturday. It was not known if he has hired an attorney. State police said they believe Toliver fired shots in a Walgreen's store in Broadview, Illinois, about 10 miles east of Chicago, then led police on a chase until being stopped on I-94 near Michigan City about 8:30 p.m. State police said I-94 was closed until the standoff ended about 10:10 p.m. Friday.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:02:33 GMT

Walker says UW requested deletion of sexual assault report

Gov. Scott Walker's spokeswoman says the University of Wisconsin System requested that it no longer have to report allegations of sexual assaults to the state since it was already required to do so under federal law. Walker's budget deletes a required annual state report from every UW campus about allegations of sexual assaults. Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said Friday that UW requested the deletion as part of the de-coupling of the university from state laws and oversight. UW System spokesman Alex Hummel says the change would allow the university to focus on the federal report. He says the requirements being proposed for removal were largely duplicative of what's reported under federal law, which Hummel says UW is "deeply committed to."

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:26:21 GMT

#TheDress proves the power of social media

What’s black and blue and read 1,700 times a minute?  The answer is tweets about #TheDress.  The social media phenomenon started over the color of a dress created by Roman, a small British fashion company.  When some people look at the dress they believe it is blue with black trim while others see it as gold and white. The dress manufacturer says the dress is, in fact, royal blue with black trim, but they now see it as a lot of "green."  Sales of the dress rocketed by 347 percent in one day. Watching a Twitter feed of #TheDress helped explain the overnight success for the dress manufacturer. “That is Twitter on speed,” says Katy Culver, an assistant professor at the UW Madison School of Journalism and an expert in social media.  “It goes by so quickly that you can’t even process any of the messages.  You actually have to stop it to be able to read and absorb any of them.” “Here you have all these millions of people offering their take on what color the dress is," she said. With social media providing a voice to the masses, mainstream media is listening. “News media have always been fascinated by what people are talking about,” says Culver. Social media provides mainstream media with a real-time glimpse, and when so many people are talking about a dress, it puts that subject in newspapers and on broadcast news programs.  All those eyeballs focused on #TheDress also will get the attention of advertisers.  Multiple tweets were posted by companies like Lego depicting one Lego figure wearing a blue and black dress and another wearing a gold and white one.  Even Heineken beer weighed in with an image of beer and foam with a script of “Definitely White and Gold.” “They want to connect with consumers and the thing that they can do, if they are authentic with social media, is be part of the conversation and make people think about their brand positively,” says Culver. While much of the dialogue on social media is thoughtful or clever, Culver is concerned about the platform being used for inappropriate comments. “You begin to see harassment catch fire and that to me is really problematic,” says Culver.  “The dress has had less of that than we’ve seen in other things, but it is still there.  If I searched down the Twitter feed I will find some racists messages, I will find some chauvinistic messages and we have to be careful about that, about what that means and what that does to society.” While a dress has developed a life of its own in a matter of hours, on social media, life expectancy is not always long. “Yes, as quickly as they catch fire, they will be extinguished,” says Culver.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:15:25 GMT

Bullets strike residence with mom, children inside

Bullets struck a parked car and a residence where a mother and her children were inside sleeping early Friday morning, according to a release from Madison police. Officers were called to the 4700 block of Crescent Road at 1:23 a.m. after several callers reported hearing gunshots. Police said shell casings were found outside a duplex. The 41-year-old woman told police she didn’t know why someone would shoot at her home. Her 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were home at the time. No one was injured. A police dog was brought to the scene, but no suspects were located.

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:25:18 GMT

Man beaten after confronting burglar, police say

A Madison man was beaten after confronting a man trying to steal electronics from a common area of a building in the 2800 block of Hauk Street on Thursday morning. The 52-year-old man told police the burglar called to an accomplice outside and both men beat him as he tried to call police. The man suffered minor injuries. Police said the other two men left empty handed. The men are described as white. One is 18-20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds with a thin build, blond hair and blue eyes. The other was 20-25 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build.

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:11:13 GMT

Family advocate at Capitol during Rare Disease Day

Adults and children living with uncommon illnesses gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol Friday for Rare Disease Day. The nationally recognized day, typically held on the final day of February, brought out legislators and families sharing their story to help connect an illness that's hard to pronounce with the person who lives it. Ross Berning's 7-year-old son, Colin, is one of those people. He was diagnosed with sanfilippo syndrome, an illness that Ross describes as "dementia for children." "It slowly takes away his abilities," Ross says. "His ability to learn, his ability to communicate, even his ability to walk." "Today, each word is precious, because we don't know the next time we'll hear it - we know that someday in the future will be the last time we hear him say 'Mommy' or 'Daddy.'" There is no treatment for Colin's condition. Most children with sanfilippo syndrome die in their teens. "What's his life going to stand for? What's his legacy?" says Ross. The hope in Friday's meeting was that stories like Colin's will help raise awareness with lawmakers who have the power to make funding decisions for research and other rare disease programs. "If these stories can move them, [maybe] they can help contribute to making progress and saving these lives," Ross says. "Colin didn't choose this diagnosis, but if his life could help bring an end to future children having to going down the path he's going down, that would be a great legacy to leave behind."

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:18:00 GMT

Wisconsin Rapids teenage girl reported missing has been found

A teenage girl reported missing has been found, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department. Mariah Czappa, 16, of Wisconsin Rapids was said to have been missing since Wednesday on the WRPD Facebook page. According to WRPD's newest Facebook post, they received a number of tips, and were able to locate Czappa. They thank everyone who viewed and shared the information for their help and concern. 

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:51:30 GMT

Mad-City Badgers to host open house

The Mad-City Badgers are hosting an open house scrimmage Saturday, Feb. 28 at Madison West High School from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  The Badgers are a co-ed wheelchair basketball team, with ages ranging from eight to 18. They practice twice a week at Black Hawk church and travel around the midwest, playing games about once a month.  The team consists of kids born with disabilities like spina bifida, as well as people that ended up with paralysis later in life.  Benny Guerin was born with spina bifida and has spent his whole life in a wheelchair. Benny has played wheelchair basketball since he was six. He got involved with the Badgers to scratch his competitive itch, "I'm a very competitive person and I love basketball, so this was a good fit for me." Talen Jourdan is a 15-year-old from Deerfield. Jourdan fell from his tree stand while hunting when he was 13. He suffers from paralysis from the chest down. Once a standout basketball player, Jourdan picked up wheelchair basketball to reclaim the sport he once loved. "I missed the game. It's been fun. I like this sport." For more information on the Mad-City Badgers, visit their website 

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:54:08 GMT

Wausau man gets 25 years in fatal baseball-bat beating

A Marathon County judge has sentenced Warren Krohn to 25 years in prison in the 2012 beating death of popular Wausau bowler Kerby Kniess. Daily Herald Media reports that Circuit Judge Gregory Grau handed down the sentence Friday after hearing more than two hours of testimony. Krohn, 23, of Wausau, was convicted of felony murder and burglary in December. His co-defendant, 21-year-old Zachary Froehlich of Wausau, was sentenced on Nov. 4 to 35 years behind bars. Kniess fell asleep on the night of June 18, 2012, after watching a Milwaukee Brewers game with a friend in a detached, furnished garage where he had been living. Prosecutors say Krohn and Froehlich went into the garage to rob him, and that Krohn knew Kniess was staying in his friends' garage.

Published: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:21:19 GMT