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Muggers attempt to steal man's cellphone

A 27-year-old Madison man was able to fight off two muggers on the near east side.

The Madison Police Department said the victim was walking on North Blount Street Sunday at about 10 p.m. when he was approached by two men.

The victim told police he was knocked to the ground while walking. He immediately sprang to his feet and started swinging at his assailants, which caused them to flee, police said.

The two robbers escaped with the victim's headphones, which were attached to his cell phone. The victim's cellphone was not taken.

The victim told police the attack happened quickly, lasted only seconds, and he had a feeling this was "not the first time they had done this," according to the report.
Police described the robber at black, in his 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall wearing dark clothing.

Ironman Wisconsin brings out athletes with disabilties

Thousands of athletes came to Madison's streets and lakes on Sunday for the annual Ironman Wisconsin competition.

The grueling day starts with a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and of course, a marathon.

Athletes of all backgrounds imaginable competed, including a special pair that crossed the finish line together this year.

The Pease brothers, Brent and Kyle, were out on Sunday morning among the sea of swim caps ready to lap Lake Monona.

Though they were two of many, they were easier to spot than most: In a current made choppy by the freestyles of 2,500 swimmers, Kyle, who has cerebral palsy, was out of his chair and racing in a kayak with brother Brent as his personal tug boat.

Now fast-forward four hours to mile 45 of the bike route.

That’s where you’d find Brent, pedaling enough to push both Pease brothers

But this story isn't just about any of the bikers or the runners rounding the corner of Dayton and Henry streets.

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Madison declared a snow emergency Sunday after several inches of snow fell on southern Wisconsin overnight complicating travel.

Madison's Streets Division said Sunday morning the snow emergency would be in effect through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Streets superintendent Chris Kelley said 84 crews worked through the night into Monday morning finishing plowing residential streets.

Kelley said crews also worked on salt routes overnight to handle the additional inch of snow that fell through the night.

Kelley said crews will work on clearing up vision hazards and opening up bus stops for the next 7 to 10 days. They also expect to send more crews out
Monday evening to clean up downtown streets.

Residents were asked to find off-street parking if possible. Free parking is available at city-owned parking lots, the department said. Residents can park for no charge from 9 p.m. through 7 a.m. during the snow emergency.

Snowy weather doesn't stop UW-Madison graduates

Snowy weather doesn't stop UW-Madison graduates

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Slippery conditions and long, slow drives were all too common stories at this year's University of Wisconsin - Madison winter graduation ceremony.

"We actually drove up today. It was pretty slushy and slippery, we had to take our time," one graduate said.

With Madison getting over a half foot of snow, staff said they weren't expecting such a large turnout for the usually smaller ceremony. But it was something graduate Devin Schlapbach said no student or family would have missed.

"After you go to school for four or five years, you put a lot of time and effort into it," Schlapbach said. "Nothing is really going to stop anyone from seeing their kids graduate."

Another graduate concurred, acknowledging how important the day was for family.

Family thanks doctors for 'blizzard baby'

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A Middleton family is celebrating their first Christmas with their baby thanks to what they said was above and beyond the call of duty by doctors at the UW Generations Clinic.

A year ago Friday a pre-holiday storm dropped 20 inches of snow on the Madison area, making travel difficult and knocking out power to thousands residents. And while the typical occupations that have to work through snowstorms are mail carriers, police, firefighters, reporters and snow plow drivers, doctors at�the Generations Clinic joined those ranks in 2012 as they joined forces to deliver a "blizzard baby."

UW-Madison student punched, requires stitches

Police said a man was punched early Saturday morning while walking downtown.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department said a 23-year-old UW student was on foot with a group on the 300 block of North Frances Street at about 2:15 a.m. when a man punched him without warning.

Police said the student required stitches as a result of the attack.

The assailant was described as Hispanic, in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds, according to the report. He had short dark hair, a thin outline-style beard, and was wearing a white jacket with horizontal blue and yellow stripes, gray shoulders and sleeves. He also had on dark pants and white athletic shoes.

The attacker fled into a nearby parking ramp, police said.

The case is under investigation. Police asked anyone with information about attack to call the UW-Madison Police Department at 608-264-COPS.

Man stole $3,500 worth of tires, police say

Police said a 27-year-old man stole 29 Goodyear tires from two Madison businesses.

The Madison Police Department said Anthony C. O'Brien took nearly $3,500 worth of merchandise in two thefts this month.�

O'Brien stole Goodyear tires from Jiffy Lube's East Washington Avenue store Dec. 3, according to the report. He is also accused of stealing tires from the Eagan Road Jiffy Lube days later on Dec. 14.�

Police said in both cases, the tires were taken after hours from racks outside the store. Surveillance video helped investigators link O'Brien to the thefts.�

O'Brien was charged with theft.�