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Madison Streets Department Gets New Superintendent

Madison’s Streets Department acting superintendent Chris Kelley agreed to take on the job permanently on Monday.

Kelley has been filling the position since the recent retirement of former superintendent Al Schumacher. Kelley has also served as streets operations manager for the past five and a half years.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said that Kelley's track record made him the ideal choice.

“(Kelley) has risen through the ranks in Streets (Department) and is ready to lead the department,” Soglin said. “Our Streets Department is one of the best in the nation, and I am confident that his work experience over the past 33 years has prepared him for this new challenge.”

About 179 employees work for the department, and their responsibilities include snow and ice control, solid waste and recycling, street and island sweeping, street repair and graffiti removal, officials said.

Kelley said he is grateful for the opportunity.

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Madison, Dane County Public Health Department Seeks Biting Dog

Officials with Public Health -- Madison & Dane County said on Monday that they're looking for a dog who bit a woman on Paso Roble Lane on Sunday afternoon.

The dog is described as a German Shepherd-type dog, black with grey in color and medium sized. He bit the woman while she was walking on the sidewalk.

The dog was being walked on a leash by a man of medium height and build, possibly in his late 40s or early 50s, wearing a baseball hat and jacket.

If the animal is not found, the victim may be required to complete a series of painful and costly injections to prevent rabies.

Officials said that anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police and fire dispatcher at 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Two Men Sent To Hospital After Downtown Knife Fight

A knife fight between two men on Sunday afternoon resulted in both of them going to the hospital, and left Madison police looking for clues as to what happened.

The incident happened around 5:20 p.m. Sunday in a residence in the 200 block of Langdon Street.

According to police, officers responded to the Langdon Street address where one of the people lived, and found that both men had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made, and police are still trying to figure out the reason for the violence between the two men.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.

Steve Banik/Bob Kerwin Duo To Perform At Memorial Union

Steve Banik/Bob Kerwin Duo To Perform At Memorial Union

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee presents the Steve Banik/Bob Kerwin Duo that will perform at Behind the Beat series from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in Der Rathskeller at the Memorial Union.  

Steve Banik is a jazz pianist from Madison and has performed on the Jay Leno Show, Good Morning America, the Country Music Awards and the Grand Ole Opry. Bob Kerwin, also of Madison, plays tenor sax in the groups The Mighty Groove Masheen and Blues By Five.

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This free event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.

Union Rally On Capitol Square Draws Crowd

Thousands gathered on a sunny but windy Saturday on the Capitol Square, one year after the state Legislature passed a bill that took many bargaining rights away from most public workers.


See Images From Union Rally On Capitol Square

Capitol Police estimated the crowd reached at least 25,000 people. Earlier in the day, one of the event's speakers told the crowd that more than 62,000 people were in attendance, but that number did not seem accurate to a handful of reporters who covered the protests last year.

Several attendees at the rally said it amounted to a reunion after last year's protests, but also signaled the need to maintain momentum for a recall election.

"I think it's awesome," said Judy Ferwerda, a Madison teachers' union member. "I think the momentum has definitely built over the last year. I think it took some people a little longer to understand what happened and what took place."

Art Fair On The Square Applications Due March 1

Art Fair On The Square Applications Due March 1

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art invites artists from across the country to apply for the 54th annual Art Fair on the Square, to be held July 14 and 15.

Positioned on the streets forming a square around Wisconsin’s beautiful State Capitol Building, Art Fair on the Square is one of the city’s most highly anticipated summer events, attracting nearly 200,000 enthusiastic art buyers.
The deadline to apply is March 1. MMoCA accepts artist applications online through Zapplication.org.
Art Fair on the Square is consistently rated among the best fine art and fine craft shows in America by Sunshine Artist magazine and Art Fair Sourcebook, and is included in AmericanStyle magazine’s 2011 Essential Guide to Fairs & Festivals.
For additional information artists may contact Annik Dupaty, MMoCA’s director of events, at 608-257-0158 at extension 230.

Protests Expected To Mark Anniversary Of Union Bill's Signing

Protesters are expected to return to the state Capitol on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of Gov. Scott Walker's bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights for many public employees.

The governor signed the measure on Friday, March 11, 2011. The proposal's introduction and movement through the state Legislature sparked weeks of protests at the Capitol and political battles among Democratic and Republican legislators.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.