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Armed men rob 22-year-old on State Street

Police said three armed men robbed a man downtown Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said a 22-year-old was walking on the 400 block of State Street at about 10:55 p.m. when he was approached by three men in their 20s.

The victim told police the men demanded money.

A short struggle ensued and one of the men pulled out a weapon, according to the report. The muggers stole some electronic equipment and fled on foot.

Police described one of the men as black, about 6 feet tall and wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants. A second robber was described as black, also about 6 feet tall wearing a gray shirt and black pants. The third man who displayed a weapon was described as black and short, but no information about his clothing was provided.

UW-Madison warns of fake Bucky

The appearance of someone who looks like Bucky Badger at the State Capitol is prompting the University of Wisconsin to warn fans about the Bucky Badger lookalike.

According to a release, UW officials said the badger that?s been appearing at the Capitol has puffy features, odd coloring and a sloppy sweater.

The university said the fake Bucky costume has been spotted for sale online, and officials are trying to block the unauthorized sale of the costumes.

A Milwaukee mascot maker is the official source of the "real" Bucky. Campus officials ask that fans not treat the fake Bucky the same as they would the real Bucky.

The release states that Bucky doesn?t take sides on political issues.

?Bucky prefers to serve as a rallying figure for all Wisconsinites, and - while it does get warm under all that fur - he'd hate to see anyone wrinkle their nose when he leans in for a hug, a photo or a high five,? the release stated.

Judge upholds UW doctor malpractice cap

A Dane County judge has upheld a $250,000 malpractice cap for University of Wisconsin-Madison doctors.

The case involves a Verona woman who won a $1.8 million jury award in her husband's death. The jury found a UW doctor was negligent. Terri Fiez challenged the malpractice cap set for UW doctors and other state employees.

The State Journal reported Judge John Markson ruled Fiez had not shown the cap was unconstitutional. The judge urged the state Supreme Court to take the case because the $250,000 cap was set by the Legislature in 1979 and should be updated.

Ranking: Madison No. 8 healthiest city in U.S.

Ranking: Madison No. 8 healthiest city in U.S.

The Huffington Post has named Madison one of the country's 25 healthiest cities, according to a release.

Madison was named No. 8 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

The rankings looked at disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistics to determine the country's healthiest cities.

According to the release, Madison had the highest scores in low crime rates and affordable fresh produce. The city also has the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, which includes prairies, savannas and 20 miles of trails.

Madison was the No. 1 pick for city life with more than 120 distinct neighborhood associations, according to the release. Civic involvement was also listed as a factor with opportunities to get involved in the university community or with capital-city politics.

Police: Men invited into apartment steal laptop, wallet

Police: Men invited into apartment steal laptop, wallet

A Langdon Street resident invited two men into his apartment to play video games, and they stole his roommate's laptop and wallet, officials said.

He told police he met the men on the street around 1:30 a.m. Friday, according to a release. He invited the men to his apartment after they asked if they could come over and play video games.

At one point, one of the men said he needed to make a call and walked down a hall in the apartment, police said.

The 18-year-old's stolen credit card was later used at a convenience store, according to the release. The wallet was turned in to staff of the store on Saturday, but it only had his ID and insurance cards in it.

The two thieves are described as black men with four-letter tattoos on their left hands in cursive. One of the men is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, 140 pounds with no facial hair and with short dreadlocks. The other man is described as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with short hair.

500, 600 blocks of State Street will be closed Sunday

500, 600 blocks of State Street will be closed Sunday

The 500 and 600 blocks of State Street will be closed Sunday morning for a mobile crane to be set up, according to a release.

The mobile crane is being set up to help with building maintenance on State Street, officials said.

State Street will be closed from North Lake Street to West Gilman Street from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the release.

Pedestrians will have access to all businesses during the street closure, officials said. Madison Metro bus routes will be detoured.

Officials encourage bicyclists to use different routes to avoid delay during the closure.

Madison Marathon sold out; half-marathon has openings

Madison Marathon sold out; half-marathon has openings

Madison Marathon organizers announced Thursday the full marathon has sold out but there are still openings in the Madison half-marathon.

The 18th running of the road race is being held Nov. 10, according to a release. Anyone over the age of 14 can register online until Nov. 9 if space is available.

The marathon is organized by Madison Festivals, which took over the race in 2001 and uses the event to raise money for the Badger Honor Flight, YMCA, My Team Triumph and 40 area nonprofits that provide volunteers for the event, water stations and course, officials said.

The fall half-marathon will be held in honor of veterans, according to the release.