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City trick-or-treating hours from 4-8

City trick-or-treating hours from 4-8

Residents in Madison neighborhoods will trick or treat from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, officials said.

For a listing of more area trick-or-treating hours, visit www.channel3000.com/trick-or-treat.

North Frances Street to be closed Thursday, Friday

North Frances Street to be closed Thursday, Friday

The 300 block of North Frances Street between West Johnson Street and University Avenue will be closed Thursday morning through Friday afternoon, according to a release.

Crews will close the road starting at 7 a.m. Thursday to set up equipment to assemble a tower crane, officials said.

Access on Frances Street to the Fluno Center parking ramp from the north and to the University of Wisconsin-Madison parking ramp 43 from the south will remain open, according to the release. Pedestrian traffic will be open on the west side of the street.

Madison Metro bus routes will not be affected by the closure, officials said. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use a different route to avoid delays.

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.

Award-winning journalist is first WUD lecture speaker of year

Award-winning journalist is first WUD lecture speaker of year

The first speaker of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series this year is award-winning journalist Michele Norris, according to a release.

Norris will be speaking Monday in Varsity Hall at Union South at 7:30 p.m., according to the release. Tickets are not required to attend the free event.

Norris has more than two decades of experience and is currently a host and special correspondent for National Public Radio, organizers said. Previously, she served as co-host for NPR’s All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Norris hosted from 2002 to 2012.

She released her first book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir,” in September 2013, according to the release. It focused on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family’s racial legacy.

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.