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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.

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

The 7th annual Clean Lakes Festival will be held at a new location Saturday to raise money devoted to improving the water quality of the Yahara lakes and watershed, according to a release.

The Clean Lakes Alliance and Mad City Ski Team are hosting the annual event at a new location at Law Park on Lake Monona, according to the release.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the first annual Loop the Lake scenic bike ride around Lake Monona.

CLA, a Madison-based non-profit organization, created the ride as a fundraiser and community-building event that kicks off the annual festival, according to the release.

Organizers said the festival is a true one-stop-shop, providing individuals and families with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities both in and along the lake all day.

Verdict in Trayvon Martin case spurs community conversation

Verdict in Trayvon Martin case spurs community conversation

The room at the Urban League of Greater Madison wasn't large enough to fit the crowd. People of diverse backgrounds filled the chairs and spilled out of the double doors, many watching from outside the room's glass wall.

They had all come to the forum Tuesday evening to discuss the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, in which a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The dialogue was led by a panel including UW Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, Madison Urban League President & CEO Kaleem Caire, Pastor Everett Mitchell of Christ the Rock Church and a former prosecutor and 100 Black Men of Madison President Floyd Rose.

Rock and Roar zoo benefit shows attendees after-hours fun

Rock and Roar zoo benefit shows attendees after-hours fun

The Rock and Roar benefit is one of the ways the Henry Vilas Zoo is able to stay free for the community and attendees of the upcoming party get to see the zoo after hours.

The Rock and Roar zoo benefit is Saturday from 7-11 p.m. and WISC-TV is a proud sponsor. The event is one of Henry Vilas Zoo?s two premier fundraising events each year.

With the purchase of a ticket you not only get into the fun but it also comes with food, music, dancing and even a free ride on the carousel.

?The cool thing about this event is that the zookeepers have the animals on exhibit longer. So people can come and still tour the zoo as they do during the day,? said Autumn Hayes, special events coordinator at Henry Vilas Zoo. ?What?s really neat is we have up-close animal encounters. Our education animals come out and people can go and interact and learn about different animals here.?