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Little Free Library goes up in flames

A Little Free Library box was set on fire in a near west side neighborhood early Thursday morning.

Madison police said officers and firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Erin Street at 3 a.m. for a report of a fire. A nearby resident told police they heard a bang, looked out a window and saw her neighbor?s Little Free Library box on fire.

The library box and the books inside were damaged by fire and water.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Police: Angry boyfriend attacks homeless man on N. Frances St.

Police: Angry boyfriend attacks homeless man on N. Frances St.

A homeless man suffered bumps and bruises after he was attacked in downtown Madison Sunday night, according to Madison police.

The Madison Police Department said a 44-year-old made small talk with a woman on the 500 block of North Frances Street at about 9:15 p.m.

The man told police that an angry man who was thought to be the woman's boyfriend came over to where the 44-year-old was located and punched him, according to the report. The woman and another couple also punched the man. 

The 44-year-old told police he thought a woman fired a BB gun at him. Police said no BBs or pellets were found at the scene.

A witness saw the man getting attacked and said the assailants fled as the witness approached.

The report said the man was was not able to provide good descriptions of his attackers.

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Road closures for Freakfest start Saturday afternoon

Crews will start closing streets that intersect with State Street Saturday afternoon for Freakfest, according to a release.

Crews will start closing roads at 4:45 p.m., and all streets that intersect with State Street will be closed by 5 p.m., officials said.

East Gorham Street will be detoured onto Blair Street, and West Johnson Street will be detoured onto Bassett Street, according to the release. The detours will last until around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Madison Metro will also be detouring multiple downtown bus routes.

Rare brings the big-city steakhouse to Madison

By Dan Curd

Owners Jack and Julie Sosnowski have bet that Madison is ready for a big-city steakhouse. Everything here is indeed on a grand scale. The dimly lit dining rooms with rich wood and glittering chandeliers are opulent. Its wine cellar claims to be the largest and finest in town. Chicago's prestigious meat purveyor, Allen Brothers, provides colossal steaks, dry-aged in-house. Other menu items include trendy trappings like tuna carpaccio, pork belly and duck fat fries. Caesar salad and flaming bananas Foster prepared at the table by white-jacketed waiters, however, evoke another era. Indulgent and audacious, Rare Steakhouse is a winner.

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14 W. Mifflin St., 608-204-9000

Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.