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Dozens watch anti-bullying film at library

More than 40 people showed up to watch the documentary "Bully" downtown at the Madison Central Library on West Mifflin Street Wednesday.

"Bully" is a powerful and provocative film that follows the lives of five kids who are bullied every day. Its message is that the culture of our schools is broken and needs to change.

The film resonated with many viewers, bringing some close to tears, who discussed the film after the 6:30 p.m. showing. The dialogue was moderated by News 3 Anchor Susan Siman as part of WISC-TV's year-long "Time for Kids Buddy Project" to fight bullying.

Eleven-year-old Terriana Brown said the movie hit close to home for her.  

""I might cry right now," Brown said. "It feels like it's me that is on the screen."

QB Rodgers comes to UW for good cause

QB Rodgers comes to UW for good cause

Star power came together on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to raise awareness about the Congo.

Emmanuelle Chriqui, an actress from the TV show Entourage, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were at the Memorial Union Terrace on Monday night thanks to The Enough Project and UW?s student chapter of the Conflict Free Campus Initiative.

Their goal is to bring peace in Congo where blood diamonds help fund brutal wars and children are often kidnapped and trained as soldiers.

Rodgers spoke about how students can urge companies that make the electronics they use often, like cellphone, to use materials that do not come from conflict zones.

?We can say to those tech companies and those people, we want to live in a world where our electronics do not fund rape and war,? Rodgers said.

The Conflict Free Campus Initiative is currently on more than 150 college campuses across the country.

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Too many cancers are called the "silent killer" because so many of them show very little symptoms before diagnosis. Often, by then, it's too late.

It was six years ago that Fitchburg resident Jan McNally, then 44, saw the doctor about long-term symptoms. Doctors chose to look into her situation, and what was expected to be an exploratory surgery turned out to be ovarian cancer.

"I had told my kids, it was going to be a very simple, one-day surgery. I'd be home for dinner and everything would be fine," said McNally, "Well when he got in there, he realized my ovary was actually encapsulated with the cancer."

Jan was fortunate, in that she had a curable form of the disease with a very small likelihood of it metastasizing or recurring. She was able to beat the disease with the help of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology program, and five years later wanted to take her fight one step further.

Area fire departments to take part in prevention parade

Area fire departments to take part in prevention parade

As part of local fire prevention awareness efforts during National Fire Prevention Week, area fire departments will parade their engines downtown Sunday afternoon.

The Annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the end of state Street near Library Mall, organizers said. The parade includes fire trucks from many departments in Dane County, organizers said.

The trucks will travel up State Street to the Capitol Square.

Once at the Square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. Firefighters will also be at the Square to answer questions.

Kids will have the chance to climb inside many of the trucks, and parents can take photos of the young ones fire trucks and firefighters.

National Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 12.

QB Rodgers to be at rally on Terrace

QB Rodgers to be at rally on Terrace

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be at the Memorial Union Terrace on Monday for a student rally raising awareness about issues facing Congo, according to a release.

The Enough Project and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's student chapter of the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative is hosting the rally for students to raise awareness about the war in Congo and American's connection to it, organizers said.

In addition to Aaron Rodgers, actor Emmanuelle Chriqui and Congolese rapper Omekongo Dibinga will also be at the rally.

Rally participants will encourage fellow students and university officials to commit to measures that pressure electronics companies to responsibly invest in Congo's minerals sector, according to the release.

Organizers said there are currently more than 150 college campuses where the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative draws on the power of student leadership and activism to bring about peace in Congo.

Madison police officers recognized for helping family

Madison police officers recognized for helping family

Two Madison police officers are being recognized for their efforts to help a homeless family found on State Street.

A downtown patrol officer noticed a pile of blankets and some belongings in the 200 block of State Street Sunday morning and was called back to the site a short time later when a man said he heard a baby crying. The officer said she found four adults and six children huddled together under the blanket.

The extended family included a 5-month-old, a 9-year-old and a 13-year-old.

The adults told the officer they escaped shootings in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's south side. They told the officer it was just too dangerous to stay.

The officer said the family appeared to have been living on the streets for a couple of weeks.

Willy Street Fair back in its 36th year

Willy Street Fair back in its 36th year

A local street fair spanning three blocks returns Saturday and Sunday for its 36th year.

The Willy Street Fair will offer a variety of music, street performances, food and beverages from across the globe, arts, crafts and more.

Saturday is the Willy Warm-up from 1:30 to 9 p.m. on the 900 block of Williamson Street with three stages of music -- world, folk and a DJ -- plus food and drinks.

The parade Sunday begins at 11 a.m. The Willy Street Fair will include nearly 150 vendors, five music stages

The fair continues through 7 p.m., ending with a community raffle with more than 150 prizes.

The Willy Street Fair raises money for the Common Wealth Development and Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.