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Madison woman returns to Boston Marathon for 15th time

A Madison woman will make her 15th trip to the Boston Marathon this year, but she said this time it will be different.

Mary Tierney first qualified for the famous race in 2000 when she was 47 years old. She has qualified and completed the marathon every year since. The only exception was in 2012 when runners received a bye for heat conditions.

Last year Tierney was ready to make it her final run, but she never made it through the finish line.

In 2013 Tierney made plans to run with her younger sister. The pair took a picture a day before the race and planned to take another one after the race, but they never got the chance.

"We didn?t get it because she finished just before, maybe 20 minutes before the bomb went off, and I was running in," Tierney said.

When the two bombs went off at the finish line, Tierney and other runners came to a stop less than a mile away.

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Construction work will close Gilman Street Wednesday

West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street will be closed Wednesday for construction work, according to a release.

City officials said contractors will be pouring concrete for the HUB Development from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the closure, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be allowed, officials said.

Pedestrian traffic will be open to all residences and businesses during the closure, according to the release.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate routes to avoid delays during the closure.

Construction to move food carts off State St. nearly 6 months

Construction to move food carts off State St. nearly 6 months

On the first official day of food cart season, the university said a nearly six-month construction project will relocate about 20 food cart vendors between May 19 and Oct. 31.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison said Tuesday that the new locations are still being finalized, but many will be in the East Campus Mall area near the University Club and several on North Lake Street between State Street and Langdon on the Memorial Library side.

Construction is scheduled to begin after the semester ends and is planned to conclude before the beginning of the fall semester, according to the university.

The newly constructed State Street Mall is expected to include new paving, lighting, seating areas and a raised pedestrian crosswalk at North Park Street.

The UW said Madison has had food carts since 1977. In 1990, there were 20 food carts downtown. Now the vendors are spread out in numerous locations.

MPD: Online rent payment scam targets student renters

Madison police are warning residents of a scam that targets college students who rent residences by claiming their property management is switching to an online payment system.

Police said a sheet of paper telling the resident that an online rent system has been created is placed under the door of their residence, and asks them to contact the person on the flier with financial information.

The person the renter contacts asks for their name, date of birth, Social Security number and their credit card number, security code and expiration date, officials said.

The scam flier being distributed even offers a $215 credit off the renter?s next month?s rent for signing up for the program, officials said. The notice also asks for suggestions to make the online payment process easier for the resident, and lists a company name of H&H Apartments at 7473 Ellington Court in Middleton.

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Madison libraries, streets division to host composting classes

Madison Public Library will be hosting a series of home composting classes led by the city of Madison Streets Division at four locations, according to a release.

The classes, being taught by Madison?s Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann, cover home composting basics, an introduction to compostable materials, where to put your compost bin and how to tend to your compost, according to the release. Plans for building a compost bin will be available, and information about leaf management will be presented.

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Madison Water Utility ends running water order

Hundreds of water customers in Madison who were asked to keep their water running this winter can finally turn their water off.

Madison Water Utility announced Monday the frost line has receded to the point where the more than 650 customers in high-risk areas can stop running a constant stream of water to avoid frozen laterals.

The request to run water started in February, and the utility thawed 300 frozen laterals. There are only a handful of frozen laterals during a typical winter, according to the utility.

Many of the high-risk areas are dead ends and cul-de-sacs.

Customers who were asked to run water will receive a credit on their next bill based on average water use over the last three years. The credit might extend beyond one billing cycle.

Other communities in southern Wisconsin have also been lifting running water orders as the ground thaws.

Madison announces Koval as new police chief

Madison police Sgt. Mike Koval will be Madison?s next police chief. Koval was named to the position by the city's Police and Fire Commission on Friday.

He was one of two internal candidates who became finalists. Koval was chosen over Capt. Carl Gloede.

The city's police department has been without a permanent police chief since the end of September, when Chief Noble Wray retired after 29 years.

Sgt. Mike Koval has been with the Madison police department since 1983. Koval said becoming chief concludes his two biggest career goals.

"There's only two positions I ever wanted in the Madison police department the Sargent of training, where you get to select the talent and train the talent and then the chief of police because the chief then gets to take that same experience and create it district wide", Koval said.