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City asks for public input on redesign of municipal building

The city of Madison is asking for public input on the redesign of the Madison Municipal and City-County Building.

The city of Madison has entered into a design contract with MSR Design to work with city officials and community partners on the pre-design for the building, according to a release.

?A major component of this design work is to engage the community in this important project,? the release said.

There are 23 different city agencies that are represented in these two buildings, which provide services for members of the community, according to the release.

Officials said it is important to hear from the public to shape the project to better serve the community.

There are elements of the Madison Municipal building that are in need of repair, including the roof, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems, according to the release.

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Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

The city of Madison will begin the season's leaf collection pickup next week.

The Streets Division crew will start collecting leaves Monday and will continue as long as the weather permits through late November or early December.

There is no leaf collection schedule, according to the city news release. The crew begins in the Monday refuse collection area and continues through each district in order of the day of the week. However the collection may be on a different day than the regular refuse schedule depending on the workload.

"We always start leaf collection the first Monday in October because many residents want to get started cleaning out their gardens," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.  "We will operate with fewer crews until the volume of material picks up," which is expected to be mid-to-late October.

UW midwives mark 25 years 'catching' babies

At UW Health's West Clinic, there are a group of women who have given the phrase "good catch" new meaning.

"We catch babies, we don't deliver them. Mamas deliver them, we catch," explained Melissa Kaminsky, a certified nurse midwife.

Before her interview, Kaminsky met with mom Emily Johnson and 6-week-old Miles, part of post partum care.

"How are you doing now? Are you getting much sleep?" Kaminsky asked Johnson. She replied, "About as much as you can get."

Kaminsky is one of eight midwives with the UW Nurse Midwifery Service, a program marking its 25th year of service, the profession has been going on for ages.

"Because it is such an old profession I think some people think it's based on having been taught or learned from mothers and grandmothers. All of us are nurses who have masters degrees or doctorate degrees.

UWPD investigates sex assault report

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that was reported on Monday, according to a release.

The assault allegedly happened in a residence hall on the UW-Madison campus very early Saturday morning, police said.

UW police are investigating the incident, and ask anyone with information to call 608-264-COPS.

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UW student swimming in Lake Mendota likely paralyzed

A University of Wisconsin student was paralyzed Saturday night after jumping into Lake Mendota and hitting his head on the bottom of the lake, Madison police said.

Officers were called to 644 N. Frances St. just before 9 p.m. for reports of an injured person, according to a release.

The 20-year-old student was swimming near the Francis Street address and dove into the water, which is estimated to be 5 feet deep, officials said. The student hit his head on the bottom of the lake, causing paralysis.

The student floated to the surface of the lake, called for help, and was brought to shore by his friends, according to the release. He was transported to a local hospital and admitted for a suspected spinal injury.

MSCR hosts superhero training camp

A training camp for little Madison residents to become superheroes and save the city is scheduled for Oct. 4, according to a release.

A participating adult needs to attend with each hero-in-training, organizers said. Participants will work with their adult partner to try challenges, training trials and activities to become a superhero.

Each youth and adult helper will receive a cape and special super powers.

Madison School and Community Recreation will be holding the Superhero Training Camp at the Kennedy Elementary School playground at 221 Meadowlark Drive. The rain date is Oct. 5.

The program is for children ages 4-10, and runs from 1-3 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Participants must register online.

Man loses 3 teeth trying to break up large fight, police say

A Madison man lost three teeth after trying to break up a large 15-person fight downtown early Saturday morning, police said.

Madison police were sent to the area of Bassett and West Gorham streets for reports of a battery around 2:20 a.m., according to a release.

Investigators believe there was a large fight involving at least 15 people that moved into the street, officials said.

The 24-year-old victim told police he decided to intervene and attempt to break up the fight, but he was hit in the mouth by an unknown person, according to the release.

The 24-year-old was unable to provide a suspect description and potential witnesses at the scene would not provide any information, police said. The 24-year-old was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a severe contusion to the mouth.