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Police: Man who can't remember attack was punched

Surveillance video showed that a man who couldn't remember how he was injured was punched in a public park Tuesday night, police said.

Madison police said a 44-year-old Madison man was knocked unconscious at about 9:40 p.m. following a dispute in Philosopher's Grove park at 100 N. Carroll St.

The man, who was intoxicated, was taken to a hospital for stitches, according to the report. He couldn't remember how he was hurt but believed he had fallen. Witnesses and surveillance video indicate he was punched at least twice.

Madison police are working to identify a suspect.

City will start negotiating to bring Exact Sciences downtown

The Madison Common Council has approved a recommendation to start negotiating with a developer to bring a major employer back to the city’s downtown.

On a 16-2 vote, the Madison Common Council approved a recommendation by the Judge Doyle Square negotiation committee to begin exclusive negotiations with JDS Development and Exact Sciences.

This now allows the committee to exclusively try and strike a deal on the JDS Development/Exact Sciences joint proposal to be a cornerstone of the long anticipated facelift for the part of downtown next the City-County Building. 

Alder David Ahrens was the most vocal opponent, trying unsuccessfully to get council approval try and let the other three companies, who'd submitted proposals, to compete and sway Exact Sciences to sign onto their project.

The goal is to now fast track a deal with the committee. If terms can be reached, Exact Sciences can break ground this summer and be in operation downtown by July of 2017.

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

Student gets stolen bike back

A University of Wisconsin student will get his stolen $700 bicycle back after police were able to track it by using the bike’s serial number.

Madison police said the 28-year-old student locked his bike at a Henry Hall rack on May 7, and when he returned from class his lock was there but his bike was gone.

Officers said they used a tracking service to find the bike at Pawn America and learned that it was sold for $300 on May 8 by a 47-year-old Richland Center man.

Police said they found the man, Keith A. Jones, already in the Dane County Jail on other charges. Jones told police he sold the bike, but didn’t steal it. He said he was offered a cut of the sale price if he sold it for a group of other men.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

A new ladder truck has joined the city of Madison Fire Department's fleet, according to a release.

A Pierce aerial platform ladder truck with a 100-foot ladder and 1,500 gallons-per-minute fire pump will improve the working area's safety for firefighters, the release said.

The truck will be kept at Fire Station 8 on the east side of Madison.

Brat Fest announces Lifest Stage lineup

According to a release, Brat Fest will partner with the Christian music festival Lifest for the second year.

The Lifest stage will feature Christian musical artists, including headliners Hawk Nelson, Rapture Ruckus, Family Force 5 and Sidewalk Prophets. Family acts from AJ the Animated Illusionist and Josh Jordan will also take the stage.

On other stages, Bret Michaels, The Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Lewis and over 70 other bands will perform.

Brat Fest takes place Memorial Day weekend and will offer brats and other food, a carnival, bands and other activities. The event has been held every Memorial Day weekend since 1983 and is the world's largest festival featuring brats.