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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.

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UW school plans for $22 million recital hall

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music plans to construct a $22 million performance center.

The plans for the facility at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue call for a 325-seat recital hall and large rehearsal room and lobby. A glass-walled lobby and rehearsal room will be visible to passersby. The building will also be designed to be one of the quietest places on campus.

"Both the recital hall and large rehearsal room are central to our educational and curricular missions and will provide our students - majors and non-majors alike -with the spaces they need to experience music as practitioners and audience members," said Susan C. Cook, director of the School of Music.

The project is entirely funded by anonymous donors.

The plans are scheduled to go to the city?s Urban Design Commission on Wednesday.

More than 160 events were staged last year in the current recital hall.

Roach: Madison should highlight contributions to culture, history

By John Roach

As we crack open the Edgewater, it's worth some time to think about the story we tell new visitors when they hit town. Stories that go beyond the usual pop culture poll that comes out weekly and regularly verifies that we are a smart, livable, hard-partying place that is great for dogs, bikes and people of all sexual preferences.

Of course, the old Edgewater's black and white stills of the famous, and not so famous, who have slept in its rooms are worth their place on the Edge's kitschy version of The Pump Room wall, but most of the subjects of these glossies flitted in and out of Madison. We need to throw down and clearly illustrate how Madison is the center of, well ? the known universe.

Chief Koval talks pot after massive marijuana bust

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said the massive marijuana bust announced Thursday was so significant in scope that it ?couldn?t be denied or overlooked?.� In that situation, drug investigators uncovered $1 million in pot and more than 1100 pounds of marijuana plants.

?At the end of the day, even those of us who look at the legalization or regulation of marijuana for casual possession, it?s not contrary or inconsistent with this massive drug arrest that we made over the course of the last 24 hours,? Koval said.

Koval said while he is not in the business of promoting drug and alcohol use to youth, he said it?s time for Wisconsin to seriously look at legalizing marijuana across the state.

?Perhaps it?s time to reopen a vigorous public policy discussion on what it could do to legalize the causal possession effects of marijuana,? Koval said.