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36 dining hotspots around the Capitol Square

By Shayna Mace

Host to many a festival and celebration, including Art Fair on the Square, Taste of Madison and the weekly Dane County Farmers' Market, the Capitol Square (and its adjacent blocks) is also party to delicious dining destinations representing cuisines from all over the world. From as far away as Japan (Red Sushi) to as close as, well, Wisconsin (The Old Fashioned, among many others), the Capitol building is the perfect backdrop to this mix of tastes. So take a trip downtown and you'll be able to find anything that fits your mood, from rustic Italian cuisine to fresh seafood.

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John Roach: Telling Madison's story across the universe

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.

Homeless man beaten, robbed by homeless trio, police say

A homeless man was beaten and robbed by three other homeless people who claimed he was in their space, according to a release from Madison police.

The 33-year-old man told police he was bunked down in a business alcove in the 10 block of North Carroll Street on Sunday night when a man and two women arrived and said he was in their space. He said he was punched, slapped and kicked by all three.

When he pulled out his iPhone to call police, one of the women took it from his hand, according to police.

Witnesses helped police identify Frederick S. Burton, 54, who was arrested in the downtown area later that night. He was arrested on suspicion of battery and bail jumping.

One of the women is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a heavy build and hair worn in corn rows.

Proposal would turn part of John Nolen Drive into tunnel

Lake Monona?s shoreline could get a makeover with the addition of a lakefront park, called an esplanade, which would link the downtown to the near east side.

The Madison Design Professionals presented a plan to turn part of John Nolen Drive into a tunnel near where it intersects with Blair Street to bring more green space to the area.

An esplanade is a design from the Victorian times, and developers say this kind of design is very popular in other communities.

Developers also said the design could help boost the area?s economy.

?I think this is the time to think big. It?s an opportunity that has been on the radar screen for 100 years, starting with John Nolen, that we need to connect the downtown to the lakefront,? said Tim Anderson, a freelance consultant.

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Voter ID efforts focus on students, seniors

Preparations continue for a November election with voter ID, with special efforts focused on University of Wisconsin students and senior citizens.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Monday that a number of ideas are on the table to try to make sure city residents can vote and don't have to stand in long lines on Election Day.

Soglin was joined by the Madison city clerk and other city staff for a news conference letting city residents know about 34 locations they can register to vote Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Soglin also told reporters he's considering busing senior citizens to DMV locations to get IDs and having city staff spend part of Election Day working at the polls.

Shoes lining Capitol represent lives lost to gun violence

Shoes lined the Capitol steps Monday, each one representing a life that has been lost to gun violence.

Monday marked the beginning of what is being called the Hearts to Soles Tour, led by the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.

The group says on average there are 467 deaths in Wisconsin each year involving guns.

Those with WAVE hope to reduce gun violence, and are asking lawmakers to force full background checks on any gun purchase.

?There were five non-fatal gun shootings this weekend in Milwaukee and one in Madison. I mean, it?s really unconscionable, and that we allow that to happen in our democracy, it?s shocking. So we have to do something about it,? WAVE volunteer Joy Newmann said.

The tour will head to Eau Claire and Wausau on Tuesday, Appleton on Wednesday and Milwaukee on Saturday.

UWPD: Student reports 4th-degree sex assault in dorm

University disciplinary procedures have been initiated against a person who allegedly touched a University of Wisconsin student inappropriately in a dorm, according to a release from UW police.

A UW student reported to a campus official Sunday that she was touched inappropriately, without consent, in a campus residence hall, police said.

The victim told police the inappropriate touching had happened before, and may have happened to other people.

At the request of the victim, law enforcement is not involved in the fourth-degree sexual assault report, police said. But university officials are investigating the incident.