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Documentary screening, discussion aimed at anti-bullying efforts

Documentary screening, discussion aimed at anti-bullying efforts

The public is invited to join a conversation about the impacts of bullying, and what's happening in the community at a special event Wednesday evening.

WISC-TV, Dean Clinic and Madison Public Library are hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary, "Bully." There will be a discussion afterward with the audience and area experts. WISC-TV's Susan Siman will be moderating.

The screening is part of the Time for Kids: Buddy Project, a year-long initiative and series of reports dedicated to the topic of bullying and ways to stop it.

The screening is the third in a series and begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Central Library in downtown Madison. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to take the "Be A Buddy, Not A Bully" pledge and those who do so will be given orange, anti-bullying wristbands.

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

A public input meeting has been scheduled by the city of Madison Parks Division to discuss potential improvements at James Madison Park.

City staff will present information, answer questions and seek input from neighbors on proposed improvements, according to a release.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Verex Plaza, Level B Conference Room, at 150 E. Gilman St.

Anyone who has questions or comments but is unable to attend the meeting can contact Mike Sturm, City Parks landscape architect at 608-261-4281 or msturm@cityofmadison.com.

Intersection at Park, Langdon streets to be closed

Intersection at Park, Langdon streets to be closed

The intersection of Park and Langdon Streets will be closed to all traffic starting Thursday, according to a release.

Crews will close the intersection from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday for pavement operations, officials said. Langdon Street will reopen to eastbound traffic at 3 p.m. each day during the project.

The existing pedestrian walkway on the northeast corner of the intersection will be maintained during the project, according to the release.

During the closure, access to the parking lot below Helen C. White will be open from the west via Observatory Drive, officials said. The handicapped routed to Memorial Union will be accessible through Library Mall.

To access Memorial Union by vehicle, drivers will need to drive along Langdon Street up to Lot 1 next to the Red Gym, according to the release.

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.