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Downtown holiday event features events, shopping, trolley

Visitors will be able to experience holiday fun and shopping this Friday and Saturday during Downtown Madison?s Holiday Open House.

The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and features special offers and events at businesses on State Street and around the Capitol Square, according to a release.

Family activities, like trolley rides, ice sculpting, music and refreshments, are free, organizers said.

Ice sculpting demonstrations will be at Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party will be at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides offer welcome bags with treats for kids and Kids in the Rotunda will perform at the Overture Center. Art activities and book displays inspired by the holidays will also be at the Central Library.

Some downtown businesses will be participating in the Holiday Gift Drive for Teens to benefit United Way of Dane County, according to the release.

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UWPD investigates sexual assault outside academic building

The University of Wisconsin Police Department is investigating a reported sexual assault on campus Saturday night, according to a release.

Just after 11 p.m., a person reported being sexually assaulted outside of an academic building, police said.

The suspect and the victim know each other, and the suspect has been identified, according to the release.

Officials said the incident remains under investigation.

City of Madison officials look to ban e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are not currently part of the Madison?s smoking ban but the city council is looking to change that. However, with little information to prove the potential effects of the vapors advocates say banning them would be premature.

"To ban them in public is silly because you are forcing people to go where smoking happens, which for a lot of people could cause a relapse," e-cigarette user Steven Fischer said.

It's been three months since Steven Fischer stopped smoking cigarettes, which was a 12-year battle he said he might have never won if it had not been for e-cigarettes

Madison city council is looking at including electronic cigarettes in the city's smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in most indoor places as well as parks and beaches. But supporters of the products believe restricting them may do more harm than good.

23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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City plans redesign of State Street park causing major issues

The City of Madison is looking to redesign Philosopher's Grove Park, located at the end of State St. on the Capitol Square, to push crime out of the area.

Anthony Rineer and his sister Karima, recently bought Teddywedgers, one of Madison's favorite restaurants. They have been excited to share their love for the restaurant with locals and visitors but are facing problems with the homeless.

"Working down here even with Ray, the previous owner, it was really intense," ," Rineer said. "There were a lot of people who kept to themselves, but then there were four or five of them that would just be constantly at it, which made it an unsafe area."

The restaurant is adjacent to Philosopher's Grove Park, an area that has become a haven for illegal activity and fights. There are so many problems that surrounding businesses said that they are losing customers to intimidation.

Police: Wando's bouncer injured by patron

A downtown bouncer needed stitches after being punched in the face by a man trying to get into Wando's on University Avenue early Friday morning.

Police said officers were called to the bar at 602 University Ave. at about 1 a.m. after the confrontation that resulted when the man who had been kicked out of the bar tried to get back in while smoking a cigarette.

After being punched, the bouncer was able to hold the man until police arrived.

Michael J. Heard, 21, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

Tory Miller's new restaurant Sujeo bursts with flavor

Tory Miller's new restaurant Sujeo bursts with flavor

Rock-star restaurateur Tory Miller's third dining concept is proof that comfort food doesn't have to be boring. Sujeo (pronounced "sue-joe") -- the customary Korean table setting of chopsticks and a spoon -- is as much about his mastery of flavors as it is about his Asian heritage. Instead of a tome of dishes, Chef Miller focuses on getting favorites right, from egg rolls and pho to fried rice and spicy noodles. The KBC -- Korean broasted chicken -- and pineapple soft serve will never be dismissed as junk food! The noodle bar is ground zero in the contemporary diner space and the place to be late night.

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This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Madison Magazine.