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Police catch man who stole from downtown street musician

A street musician had money stolen from his guitar case in downtown Madison on Tuesday night, and police say nearby witnesses helped them catch the thief.

The incident happened just after 7 p.m. in the 100 block of King Street .

According to police, Julian Parks, 19, of Madison was looking through some CDs in the street musician's guitar case when he grabbed a handful of cash from the case and ran.

Police said the musician chased after Parks and caught up with him, but Parks only gave him $1 back. The musician said he suspected Parks had tossed the rest of the money while being chased, police said.

The musician went back to his unattended guitar case while witnesses went to police and identified Parks.

Police said when officers found him, he had some crumpled up money in his pocket. Police arrested Parks for stealing.

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Video rental store offers urban gardening supplies

Video rental store offers urban gardening supplies

Living in the city, even in a limited space, doesn’t have to mean giving up a garden. Just ask Lisa Brennan and Sean Gere.

In April, the duo launched Sprout, a store placing emphasis on gardening in urban settings by using creative growing methods such as living walls and terrariums.

“The big thing that makes it different is that we’re really focusing on small space gardening,” said Brennan.

The store is located inside of Four Star Video Haven at 449 State Street, which Brennan has owned for 11 years. She began thinking about the business after reading on natural history, ecology, alternative economics, and urban gardening. The many unused balconies on State Street suitable for growing plants inspired her to act.

“I would just love to see everything blooming and growing food,” she said.

Early voting begins in recall election

Fifteen days remain until the recall election, as the first day of early voting started around the state Monday.

For the earliest of early voters, absentee ballots may look and feel slightly different. But clerks said those early votes will count just as much as the ones cast on June 5.

Scores of early voters filed into the Madison City Clerk's Office on Monday.

"I'm here to exercise my right to vote," said Madison resident Norbert Lovata. "I'm a Vietnam veteran and strongly believe you have to take an active role in government."

"It's been a really busy morning," said Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl. "And as we arrived in the office this morning, there were voters lined up in the hallway, but we got the line down pretty quickly, and it's been very steady with people coming to vote absentee."

But ballots may have looked a little different for the very first ones looking to vote early.

UW-Madison bomber arrested after $800K found in RV

One of the men convicted in the deadly 1970 bombing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was arrested last week after authorities found $800,000 cash in the motor home he was driving.

A court document said 65-year-old Karl Armstrong was arrested in Chicago. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Armstrong's arrest Thursday led to a search on Saturday by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation of a Town of Madison trailer home where Armstrong lives for evidence of marijuana trafficking.

Neither Wisconsin nor Illinois authorities found marijuana in Armstrong's trailer or motor home.

A spokeswoman for Illinois State Police did not return messages about Armstrong's status.

Armstrong was one of three men arrested for their roles in the Sterling Hall bombing during the Vietnam War. A researcher died in the blast.

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Police investigate shooting near UW-Madison campus

There have been no arrests, no suspects named, and no motive found yet in the shooting that happened early Saturday morning on University Avenue just steps away from the UW-Madison campus.

Madison police said the three victims in the shooting have all been treated and released from a local hospital, but the search for the shooter and a possible fourth victim is ongoing.

It?s an unsettling incident for the city and for a university trying to host a happy graduation weekend.

SLIDESHOW: See images from shooting scene

Segredo, one of the bars just steps from the scene, was closed Saturday night.

Many people are questioning how this could've happened so close to the university.

Why Zipcar replaced Community Car on UW-Madison campus

Why Zipcar replaced Community Car on UW-Madison campus

For the next five years, car-sharing service Community Car will no longer serve UW-Madison’s campus.

In January, the organization lost its bid to serve as the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Transportation Services car-sharing provider to an out-of-state competitor, Zipcar.

While Community Car will no longer be a part of UW-Madison’s Transportation Services, the locally grown car-sharing company will still provide alternative transportation options throughout the rest of Madiso, Vice President, John Ribolzi said. 

Car-sharing first came to the university in 2005 when Madison-based Community Car began their contract to help alleviate the parking problem on campus and provide alternative means of transportation. 

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

The city's plan to improve and increase biking and walking opportunities will be discussed at an upcoming Madison Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission public hearing.

The meeting is designed to gather comments on potential pedestrian and bicycle projects the city should consider undertaking in the 2013-2015 Capital Budget.

The intent of the public hearing is to hear suggestions for new projects.

Please note that concerns about routine maintenance and operational issues can be directed to the appropriate agency or the city’s Report-a-Problem website www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.