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Public health officials look for puppy that bit woman downtown

Public health officials are looking for information about a dog that bit a woman in downtown Madison Friday.

Officials said a brown-and-white speckled puppy bit the woman in the area of East Wilson Avenue around 1 p.m.

According to the release, the dog was probably younger then 6 months old and was only knee height.

The dog was wearing a collar with a yellow tag and was with a white man, 25-35 years old, who said he found the dog and was going to call animal control to find its owner, officials said.

Authorities ask anyone with information on the incident to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

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Race for the Cure to limit traffic on John Nolen Drive, close other roads

Multiple streets will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning.

Runners will be on the southbound side of John Nolen Drive between Rimrock Road and Lakeside Street near the Bay Creek neighborhood at the beginning of the race, according to a release.

Both directions of vehicle traffic will be directed onto the northbound side of John Nolen Drive, officials said.

Other roads in the Bay Creek neighborhood will also be closed during the race.

Metro Transit Route 13 will be detoured during the event.

Mad City Bazaar to take over Philosopher’s Grove

A pilot program expected to start next week includes bringing the Mad City Bazaar to Philosopher’s Grove as part of the city's latest effort to change the area at the "Top of State" Street.

Todd Grisby walks through Philosopher's Grove every day, greeting his friends as he passes by.

“Just friendly kind of family, you know what I'm saying?” Grisby said.

Grisby admits the park isn’t void of problems. The gathering area is known for illegal activity, and just a week ago, a man was punched there while intoxicated and didn’t know who did it.

That said, Grisby does not agree with the city’s plans to move the problems out of Philosopher's Grove.

“It's going to interrupt the rhythm, you know, people are probably going to disperse,” Grisby said.

Construction to hamper parking, traffic near Union Theater

Two monthslong construction projects will hamper traffic and parking near the Wisconsin Union Theater beginning this week, officials said.

Wisconsin Union Theater spokeswoman Esty Dinur said the construction of an underground loading dock at Memorial Union and a city of Madison Langdon Street utility project will close UW-Madison’s Parking Lot 1 beginning Tuesday. Parking Lot 1 is off Langdon Street and adjacent to Memorial Union.

The underground loading dock will be part of the Lakefront Gateway project, according to a release. The plan will remove the surface parking lot, build an underground loading dock, and create Alumni Park. Alumni Park will connect the Memorial Union Terrace with Library Mall and will honor the Wisconsin Idea and University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni.

Langdon Street from North Lake Street to Park Street also closed Tuesday. Langdon will reopen at the end of October.

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Madison college students create algae-removal system

A system that clears up surface-level algae by slurping it away and depositing it into a dumpster will make its debut this summer in Madison lakes.

Engineering students at Madison Area Technical College designed and developed the system to address algae blooms that have caused beach closures in recent years. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that that the group of about 25 students were hired by the local nonprofit Clean Lakes Alliance and given a $5,000 budget.

The students plan to hold the algae-removal system's trial run late next month at Warner Park Beach on Lake Mendota's north shore.

If the method is successful, it will be expanded to other beaches in future years.

First read of Madison Public Market plan met with praise

About 60 public market enthusiasts appeared to like the city’s $9 million-$15 million idea to turn the East Johnson city garage into an indoor public market that would include selling prepared foods, local produce and arts and crafts.

“A lot still needs to be worked out on these operational questions. Like how many days a week is the public market open,” Madison project manager Dan Kennelly said. “Things like hours of operation. And days of the week. And months of the year. How does this place really become the epicenter of the food system in southern Wisconsin.”

Public members viewing the draft business plan Tuesday at the Goodman Community Center gave their input by working in small groups to fill out worksheets.

Man hosting party finds burglars in bedroom

A downtown Madison man hosting a party on Monday found burglars in his bedroom, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 27-year-old Dayton Row resident was hosting a party on the second floor of his residence at about 12:45 a.m. Monday when he heard the first floor main entrance doors open.

No one came to the second floor, so after a few minutes passed, he decided to investigate, according to the report. He discovered two burglars in his bedroom, yelled at them and they fled with some of his money and electronics.

Police said the main entrance door of the Dayton Row home had been left unlocked to facilitate the arrival and departure of invited guests.