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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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Water Utility Board delays rate increase decision

Wanting consultants to show greater detail on how a water rate increase would impact more Madison customers, the Madison Water Utility Board delayed a decision Tuesday on whether or not to send a requested rate increase to the Public Service Commission.

Water Utility officials said the increase is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements, like replacing water mains.

Based on the latest consultant presentation, if the current proposal is eventually approved, it would add about $40 per year, or $3.24 per month, to the average residential bill.

The proposal also includes what is called a conservation rate, recommending if residents use less than 6,000 gallons every month between June and September, their bills would be reduced by 20 percent.

However, for large water users, that would mean paying a much higher bill. Some board members equated that to a penalty fee.

Madison protesters march following Ferguson decision

A few hundred people staged a peaceful protest outside the Dane County Public Safety building to oppose the decision not to indict a Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August.

Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, after the death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

The gathering hosted by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison chanted "no justice, no peace" and "hands up, don't shoot" while holding signs saying "black lives matter."

"Let's be clear, we are not violent," protester Eric Upchurch said. "But our feelings and our souls are on fire."

Organizers said events in Ferguson bring to light inequalities in Madison, and they made a list of demands for change, including stopping any plans or discussion around a new Dane County Jail.

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

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Police arrest 4 in string of armed robberies

Police have arrested four people in connection to a recent string of robberies in Madison and Middleton.

Madison police said Tuesday that detectives from Madison and Middleton have charged Joshua E. Kahl, 29, of Madison, Matthew O. Roach, 23, of Madison, William L. Christian, 28, with no permanent address, and Anne E. Christian, 29, with no permanent address, with multiple robberies spanning Oct. 29 through Nov. 16.

Investigators said much of the money taken was used to buy drugs including heroin, according to the report.

Police said William Christian, Anne Christian and Kahl were accused of robbing the Tobacco Outlet Plus on East Washington Avenue Oct. 29.

William Christian reportedly robbed the PDQ on South Ridge Way in Middleton on Nov. 4.

Inmate released for interview declared AWOL, officials say

A 24-year-old inmate from the Dane County Jail was released for a job interview Monday, but has now been declared AWOL, according to a release.

Nicholas L. Enerson left the Public Safety Building at 8:45 a.m. for the job interview, officials said. Deputies confirmed he attended the interview, but he did not return to the jail at 12:20 p.m. as scheduled.

Enerson is serving a probation sentence for strangulation and intimidation of a victim, according to the release.

Officials ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911.

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 (pro-nounced ?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.

10 N. Livingston St., (608) 630-9400

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