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UW-Madison students want to talk about race

A new photo campaign at the University of Wisconsin-Madison features students calling for serious conversations about racial inclusivity on campus.

The "I, too, am UW-Madison" Tumblr site was started by the school's Asian American Student Union, namely by member Claire Zhuang.

Zhuang acknowledged talking about race is hard, but the Chinese American from Appleton and her student group want to talk about it.

"To show that sometimes these things that are being said really hurt people and affect their days and affect how we see ourselves," said Zhuang when asked about what the purpose of the site was.

The campaign has been in the works for roughly two weeks and stemmed from a similar one at Harvard called "I, too, am Harvard." Their campaign highlighted the faces and voices of black students.

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

Madison potholes will become more prevalent as the weather warms up, and the city is already racing to fill more than 15,000 of them.

The cold and the rain put stress on the roads, causing potholes to pop up all over the city.

George Dreckmann with the Madison Streets Division said the year's winter will make the season longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean more potholes.

"Because the frost went so deep this year, the thawing is going to take a little bit longer and that means the pothole season is going to spread out, but it's not going to be quite as severe," Dreckmann said.

The city will temporarily fill potholes and then finish with something more permanent in the summer. They said they'll try to fill them within 24 hours of being reported.

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Utility companies will start installing buried facilities on East Johnson Street at Butler, Hamilton and Livingston streets on Monday, according to a release.

The project scheduled to start on Monday is in addition to the East Johnson Street reconstruction project that has preliminary start date of May 6, officials said.

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Woman uses tracking technology to find stolen iPhone

Madison police said a 23-year-old woman used tracking technology to find her stolen iPhone.

The downtown resident told police she used her laptop to track her phone to a Fitchburg home after it was stolen around 2 a.m. from Genna?s Cocktail Lounge at 105 W. Main St. on March 22, according to a release.

The 23-year-old rode with officers to the home where a 29-year-old said he found the phone early last Saturday morning on a sidewalk near a hotel, officials said. He later told police he found it in a bathroom at Genna?s.

While the 29-year-old had the iPhone, he sent a friend request to the woman?s Facebook account and used her phone to accept the request, according to the release. The woman said she does not know the man, and the officer told him to not have contact with her.

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2 downtown roads to be closed Friday, Saturday

2 downtown roads to be closed Friday, Saturday

Two downtown streets will be closed Friday for contractors to complete projects, according to a release.

West Gilman Street will be closed Friday for contractors to pour concrete for the HUB Development, officials said. Through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be closed between University Avenue and State Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the closure, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be permitted, according to the release. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on West Gilman to residences and businesses at all times during the street closure.

West Dayton Street will be closed Friday through Saturday for contractors to dismantle a tower crane, according to a release.

Former Utah governor to speak at UW graduation ceremony

Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor and one-time Republican presidential hopeful, is scheduled to deliver the University of Wisconsin-Madison commencement speech on May 17.

The university announced Wednesday that Huntsman will give the address at a joint ceremony for both undergraduates and those receiving master's degrees.

Huntsman was Utah's governor from 2005 to 2009, when Barack Obama chose him to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. He was also ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993.

Huntsman serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.

The university said class leaders chose Huntsman because of his long and successful career in public service. Huntsman got his start in politics as an aide to President Ronald Reagan.

Police find explosive more powerful than TNT in downtown home

Police seized an illegal explosive material that is more powerful than TNT from a downtown residence Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Madison police said they were alerted to possible explosive materials in a downtown residence by the building?s maintenance and management team, according to the criminal complaint. Police were given pictures showing chemistry-type items including chemicals, a filtration system, beakers, a gas mask and possible fuse material.

MPD seized the materials from the residence on the 10 block of North Brooks Street just after 2 p.m. on Saturday after officers found items and documents indicating the manufacturing of an explosive device, officials said. Andrew T. Cockerham told police he used the lab to create homemade rockets to shoot off in an open land area near his home in Wauwatosa.