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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.

Brothers don't let wheelchair stop them from competing together as triathletes

Brothers don't let wheelchair stop them from competing together as triathletes

A pair of unique competitors is in Madison this weekend to run, bike and swim in the annual Ironman Wisconsin triathlon.

Brothers Kyle and Brent Pease have traveled to Wisconsin from Atlanta to take on the Ironman and inspire the disabled community. .

To raise funds for the Kyle Pease Foundation, which supports people with disabilities participating in sports, the Pease brothers compete in the triathlon as an assisted-athlete team.

Kyle Pease suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. But despite that limitation, the brothers have competed in multiple athletic races throughout the nation, which will include the Ironman Wisconsin after this Sunday.

Kyle Pease said the message of the foundation is to help others and emphasize an individual's unique talents.

Educators sound off at Labor Fest

Educators sound off at Labor Fest

On their day off from work, that was the first thing on many people’s minds at Labor Fest. It was the biggest crowd Madison Teachers Inc. president John Matthews had ever seen at the event.

"What it means right here is community involvement," Matthews said. "There are a lot of people here that come here because they support unions, and they don't have a union or didn't have a union when they were working, but they understand the need."

It’s been a busy year for Matthews and his union. The state appealed a Dane County judge’s decision that called the law unconstitutional, and Matthews said oral arguments should begin in the state Supreme Court in November or December.

Additionally, Matthews said MTI has been negotiating with a new superintendent and reaching out to the district’s 250 new teachers to convinve them to support the spirit of Labor Fest.

Madison to roll out new line of hand painted bikes

Madison to roll out new line of hand painted bikes

Two Madison bike organizations and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will be introducing a new line of custom , hand-painted bikes to the streets of Madison.

Madison B-cycle and Dreambikes of Madison are partnering with the youth group to unveil the "artbikes" on Aug 1 at Union South, starting at 4p.m according to a release from the Boys & Girls Club.

The bikes were hand-painted by members of the Boys & Girls Club. The artists will be there to present their works to the community.

Also, Metcalfe's Market will donate $1 to the club for every ride taken on the bikes, which will be in circulation from Aug. 1 to Dec 15 , according to the release.

Madison had 11 artbikes last year, and they accounted for 10 percent of all B-cycle trips taken.

Pet food chain and Dane County team up for Henry Vilas Zoo

Pet food chain and Dane County team up for Henry Vilas Zoo

Dane County and Mounds Pet Food Warehouse raised $20,000 to be donated to the Henry Vilas Zoo Animal Warehouse fund, according to a release from the Dane County Executive's Office.

According to the release, five stores competed by creating unique displays in each store during the month of May to raise the money.

The Middleton location raised the most, earning employees with a behind-the-scenes-tour of the zoo.

According to the release, the money will be used to purchase toys and materials to keep animals happy and healthy.

Mounds and Dane County partnered in 2011 for the same cause. They raised $18,000 that year.