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Chief Koval talks pot after massive marijuana bust

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said the massive marijuana bust announced Thursday was so significant in scope that it ?couldn?t be denied or overlooked?.� In that situation, drug investigators uncovered $1 million in pot and more than 1100 pounds of marijuana plants.

?At the end of the day, even those of us who look at the legalization or regulation of marijuana for casual possession, it?s not contrary or inconsistent with this massive drug arrest that we made over the course of the last 24 hours,? Koval said.

Koval said while he is not in the business of promoting drug and alcohol use to youth, he said it?s time for Wisconsin to seriously look at legalizing marijuana across the state.

?Perhaps it?s time to reopen a vigorous public policy discussion on what it could do to legalize the causal possession effects of marijuana,? Koval said.

36 dining hotspots around the Capitol Square

By Shayna Mace

Host to many a festival and celebration, including Art Fair on the Square, Taste of Madison and the weekly Dane County Farmers' Market, the Capitol Square (and its adjacent blocks) is also party to delicious dining destinations representing cuisines from all over the world. From as far away as Japan (Red Sushi) to as close as, well, Wisconsin (The Old Fashioned, among many others), the Capitol building is the perfect backdrop to this mix of tastes. So take a trip downtown and you'll be able to find anything that fits your mood, from rustic Italian cuisine to fresh seafood.

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BOM Best of Madison 2014 winner

Woman claims multiple assaults by man offering room for rent

A man accused of luring a woman looking for a place to rent into a home where he sexually assaulted her numerous times has agreed to a plea deal.

Samuel K. Eneboe, 23, of Canton, South Dakota, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, three counts of strangulation and suffocation, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment. He pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree sexual assault with the use of force, false imprisonment and three counts of strangulation as part of a plea deal.

Police said the victim met Eneboe in downtown Madison in September 2013 while looking for a place to rent and he suggested she rent a room in his home on Arboretum Drive. She said she agreed to a showing, but Eneboe had given different stories about whether or not others were living in the home.

New insect expert taking over at UW-Madison lab

P.J. Liesch takes a vial or two with him when he goes for a walk outdoors.

If he finds an insect he wants to learn more about, the 29-year-old pops the critter into one of the glass bottles.

Liesch never gets bored when it comes to bugs.

He favors beetles and has a couple thousand in his personal collection. Often, he tucks them in the freezer until he can attach pins and labels to them after work, The Janesville Gazette reported.

The insect connoisseur took over in March as the main man at the UW-Madison's Insect Diagnostic Lab. He stepped into the job held for decades by Phil Pellitteri, who retired in February.

"I knew Phil well and had a good idea what I was getting into," Liesch said. "It's great being able to see insects coming into the lab from all over the state."

Anna Dickson is Madison Magazine's chef of the year

By Michelle Wildgen

On a humid summer night, I station myself near the kitchen at Merchant and watch Anna Dickson work. It's still early in the evening, when a lot of folks in the restaurant business tend to tense up in anticipation of the rush. But executive chef Dickson is pure calm, trim in her short-sleeved black chef's coat and glasses, her red hair pulled back in a neat ponytail. She keeps the counter before her spotless, periodically removing a speck of fresh parsley and re-folding her towel each time. As the cooks complete plates of French fries, burgers and mussels, each one must go through Dickson. She looks each plate over, wiping away a stray dab of sauce and sometimes conferring with a cook, who takes it back for a correction. Only when she is satisfied is the plate released to the waiting server.

Overture Center for the Arts 10th anniversary events

Events celebrating the Overture Center for the Arts? 10th anniversary start Thursday with a free concert, but things really kick into high gear on Friday.

Here?s a full list of the anniversary events:


MadCity Sessions free concert, 6-8 p.m.


  • Twelve circus wagons from Circus World Museum will be open for visitors on the streets surrounding Overture Center from 6-10 p.m. The wagons also will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Yakov Smirnoff, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35


10Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free

  • 12 circus wagons

  • outdoor trapeze artists and circus performers

  • children's activity tent

  • outdoor music stage

Mifflin Street Stage

Big freshman class at UW-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison admissions officials say this fall's freshman class is a big one ? and there are lots of native cheeseheads.

A freshman enrollment of nearly 6,300 students is the third largest in the school's history. The university's Office of the Registrar says that includes 3,750 Wisconsinites ? the second largest number of Badger State residents in the past 13 years.

Nearly 72 percent of Wisconsin residents who applied to Madison for the fall semester were offered admission. With the exception of Florence County, every county in Wisconsin is represented in the freshman class. Others come from 46 states, Washington D.C. and 39 countries.

Total enrollment at UW-Madison this fall is 43,189 ? 86 fewer students than last fall. That includes about 29,300 undergraduates.