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Oliver Stone to speak at Union South Thursday

Acclaimed film director and military veteran Oliver Stone is set to speak on campus Thursday night alongside Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies Institute.  

The event is part of the Wisconsin Union's Distinguished Lecture Series. Stone and Kuznick will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Union South in the Varsity Hall.

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City to hold State Street, Library Mall preconstruction meeting

City to hold State Street, Library Mall preconstruction meeting

Residents and students are invited to a preconstruction meeting about the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall May 19, according to a release.

The reconstruction will create a public space at the intersection of State Street and East Campus Mall, officials said.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. with a short presentation of the final design and planned construction staging, according to the release. Construction is anticipated to last through the summer and into the fall.

State Street and Library mall will stay open to pedestrian traffic through the project, officials said. Access to buildings will be maintained, but short-term closures are possible to complete utility construction and paving.

Staff from city of Madison engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the design team and the project?s contractor will be available after the presentation to answer questions, according to the release.

Help name the #UWFoxes living on campus

A group of foxes has made its home on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and now campus officials are asking for help in naming them, according to an article posted by the university.

The foxes have been seen lounging on the Capitol, at the MG&E lot on East Main Street and walking down State Street over the last several months, according to the article.

The UW's School of Human Ecology is asking for the public's help in naming the foxes on Facebook and Twitter.

The foxes are content playing out in the open, and as long as people maintain a respectful distance they are likely to stay, a UW researcher said. But the male fox was hit and killed by a car on Friday night about four miles west of campus.

Police: Craiglist seller exchanges computer for counterfeit cash

A Madison woman found a buyer on Craigslist for her computer, but was paid with counterfeit cash, according to a release from Madison police.

The 19-year-old told police a woman contacted her after she listed her 13-inch MacBook Pro for sale on Craigslist. The buyer agreed to pay $700 and meet the seller at a parking lot in the 100 block of North Broom Street Tuesday night.

The woman said she tried to explain the nuances of the computer but the buyer showed little interest and a man arrived with the buyer but kept his distance.

The seller gave the buyer a stack of $20 bills adding up to $700, but when the seller got back to her apartment she realized the bills were fake, police said.

Police said the bills had smeared ink and crooked print.

The buyer is described as Hispanic, in her mid-20s, 5 feet tall, weighing 130 to 140 pounds, with a chunky build, dark complexion, long black braided hair and thick accent. She was wearing all black clothing.

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Terrace chairs mark spring's arrival at Memorial Union

Those in doubt about the arrival of spring can take heart in Wednesday?s arrival of the terrace tables and chairs at Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus.

The tables and chairs were unloaded from a truck at 9:30 a.m. after spending winter in an undisclosed location off campus.

The well-known chairs are a symbol of the Memorial Union Terrace.

Group wants to petition against Judge Doyle Square development

Group wants to petition against Judge Doyle Square development

A group is making a new push to stop the development of Judge Doyle Square.

Citizens Against Subsidized Hotels said it wants to start a petition to keep the city of Madison from subsidizing the development.

Members said they want the city to start putting issues like this up for a vote if Madison gives loans for more than $10 million or land giveaways.

The said it is risky, unfair and wasteful spending.

"It's unfair for many reasons, one is that we already have plenty of hotels in town that are operating in town with subsidy and then their city is subsidizing a competitor against them," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said. "I think there's a real key issue here underlying what they are saying. And it's really an insult to the people of the city with their long legacy of participation and activism. It's an insult to the common council, which is so hard."

Crazylegs will close, delay many downtown streets

The Crazylegs Classic Run/Walk will close many downtown streets this Saturday morning, city officials said.

Traffic will not be able to cross Wisconsin Avenue or State Street at any intersection from 9:45-11:15 a.m., according to a release. Major streets that will also be affected include Gorham, Johnson and Dayton streets.

City officials have mapped out traffic routes that through traffic should follow.

Officials encourage people traveling downtown before noon to allow extra time.