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2 Stoughton men involved in crash face heroin-related charges

Two Stoughton men face heroin-related charges after crashing into a taxi cab near Chazen Art Museum Monday night, Madison police said.

Madison police responded to reports of a three-vehicle crash in the 700 block of University Avenue around 5:10 p.m., according to a release.

A car, being driven by Kyle Moore, 22, of Stoughton, was stopped in traffic when a car behind Moore honked its horn, investigators said. Moore accelerated suddenly across lanes of traffic, sideswiped a vehicle, and went into the driveway of the Chazen Museum where the car hit a taxi cab.

The cab driver and passenger suffered minor injuries, police said. Moore was not injured in the crash, but he was unconscious when authorities arrived.

After crews revived Moore, they found drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, according to the release.

MMSD students in AVID, TOPS get higher GPAs, miss less school

Students in Madison Metropolitan School District are excelling in and outside of the classroom, according to an analysis of the program completed by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Students who participate in the Advancement via Individual Determination and the Boys and Girls Club's Teens of Promise programs are achieving higher GPAs, enrolling in advance placement courses and missing less days of school.

"I probably won't have graduated. Because my grades they weren't the best before I got into the program," said AVID TOPS student, Terreol Hannah.

Terreol Hannah was a freshman in high school when he started the AVID TOPS program. It's a decision he says Impacted his present and future.

"No one wants to admit that they need help, but after i did it and my freshman year in the program. I was like, I did need the help," said Hannah.

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Removing a piece of construction equipment from a downtown Madison area will close West Gilman Street three days next week. 

The Madison Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said in a release Thursday that beginning Monday at 7 a.m. JH Findorff and its subcontractors will disassemble a tower crane for The Hub housing project.

Taking down the crane will require closing through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street through Wednesday afternoon. 

During the closure on West Gilman Street, 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, the city's traffic engineering division said.  

Soglin: Cheaper, faster Internet competition could come to Madison

A cheaper, faster Internet could hit the Madison market in the next couple of years, if the Federal Communications Commission follows President Barack Obama?s advice to address laws forbidding local governments from building their own service, Mayor Paul Soglin said during a Wednesday news conference.

"I don't know if it's going to be a city unity. I don't know if it's going to be a partnership with the private sector. I don't know if the city, the school district, the university, MATC are going to come together. All of these are possibilities. All of them need to be explored,? Soglin said.

That exploration focuses on expanding the existing network of high speed fiber optic Internet lines, known as the Municipal Unified Fiber Network, already located in public buildings like the Meadowood Library, which the city built over the last five years.

Madison fire recruits undergo toughest stretch of training

With graduation day nearing in February, aspiring Madison firefighters have experienced their training getting more difficult.

The Madison Fire Department has a 16-week training academy for recruits. Now in their 12th week, they have been spending it conducting an exercise called smoke divers.

"It's designed to build confidence and competency under very stressful mental and physical situations," explained Capt. Paul Ripp with Madison's fire training division.

Smoke divers week can be described as one of the more challenging parts of training. Sixteen recruits must put what they've learned to the test by simulating a response to a smoke-filled tower. Once the tower is filled with smoke, they respond, breaking a door down, putting on the appropriate gear, running a hose and even saving a victim.

Ripp said the simulated fire is about surviving, and said fighting a fire can put the body into a stressful state.

City: No garbage, recycling collection Monday for MLK Day

City: No garbage, recycling collection Monday for MLK Day

City crews will not be collecting garbage or recycling on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to a release.

On Tuesday, crews will pick up garbage and recycling from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday collection districts, officials said.

The Streets Division offices and drop-off sites will also be closed Monday, according to the release.

The final round of Christmas tree collection will also start Tuesday, officials said. Residents should have their trees at the curb for collection by 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Soglin announces bid for 8th term as mayor

As he?s approaching his 70th birthday, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin formally announced his reelection campaign Tuesday.

Soglin was the youngest mayor in city history when he first assumed office in 1973, and he says he isn?t tired of it just yet. He will be running for his eighth term this spring.

?I will not stop pushing, doing and making change happen until we have equality in our economy, academic achievement and social justice in Madison,? Soglin said.

Soglin said Tuesday he is ready to fend of his challengers, and that he is motivated by the same things that motivated him as a young man.

?I?ve been committed to social justice, civil rights and equal rights my entire career,? Soglin said. ?Those were the issues that led me into public office. Those are the issues fundamental as they are, aspirations for the future of this great city that animate, invigorate and motivate me today.?