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DOA grants 3-day permit for Capitol singers

Gov. Scott Walker's administration has granted protesters a permit to gather in the state Capitol for three days next month.

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Tom Kasper of Madison requested a permit for the singers. The application asked for a permit with no end date.

In a statement on the group's Facebook page Friday afternoon, the Solidarity Sing Along said it was unaware that Kasper had sought a permit and that Kasper did not represent the singers.

"The person who applied for the permit is unknown to regular participants of the Sing Along," the statement said.

Huebsch said in a letter to Kasper that DOA interpreted the application for a perpetual permit. Huebsch said that would conflict with other uses in the Capitol but did grant the request for Sept. 9, Sept. 11 and Sept. 12.

Missing swimmer found safe

A UW-Madison student was treated for exposure to cold after he was found safe in Lake Mendota.

Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, a University of Wisconsin-Madison police officer on foot patrol noticed a pile of clothes and personal belongings on Alumni Pier, near the Memorial Union, according to a UW-Madison police release.

Witnesses nearby told the officer a man had jumped into Lake Mendota about 40 minutes prior, with intentions of swimming across the lake. The swimmer hadn?t been seen since.

Shortly after the Madison Fire Department's water rescue team responded, the man swam back to the pier. He told authorities he had decided a swim across the lake was a bad idea.

The 22-year-old UW-Madison student was taken to a local hospital and treated for hypothermia, police said.

The UW-Madison Police Department asked students and visitors to swim in designated areas during designated hours.

Teen arrested after water fight gets violent

A water fight in downtown Madison turned violent when a teenager who didn?t want to get wet attacked one of the participants, according to police.

Police said a group of adults and children were spraying each other with water guns at a park in the 100 block of State Street on Wednesday night.

A 17-year-old girl was among those on the side of the water fight who got wet, according to police. After getting squired, she said she didn?t want to get wet but was squirted again.

A 22-year-old Madison woman told police the teenager tried to grab one of the squirt guns and confronted her. The victim said she was then punched in the head, pulled to the ground by the hair and kicked in the face.

Delaraee S. Bell, 17, told police the victim swung at her first.

Bell was arrested on suspicion of battery.

Food worker strike comes to Madison

Food worker strike comes to Madison

Fast-food restaurants along South Park Street in Madison were the local targets of a nationwide walkout for wages on Thursday.

Fast food workers and supporters were in front of numerous restaurants on South Park Street and are expected to rally on State Street Thursday afternoon. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is scheduled to speak.

Organizers said it will be the largest strike to hit the $200 billion fast-food industry.

Workers from fast food giants McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Yum Brands-owned KFC are calling on their employers to pay them a minimum of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.

Currently, the median pay for the fast-food workers across the country is just over $9 an hour, or about $18,500 a year. That's roughly $4,500 lower than Census Bureau's poverty income threshold level of $23,000 for a family of four.

Man bound over for trial in death of homeless man

A Madison man accused of beating a homeless man to death is bound over for trial in Dane County Court.

Justin T. Brooks, 32, of Madison, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Police said 61-year-old Robert Kuntz died after suffering life-threatening injuries when he was beaten outside downtown near the Capitol in June.

A witness, who had been sleeping on a nearby bench, told police he awoke to see another man battering the 61-year-old in the head at about 2:30 a.m.

Officials said Brooks was arrested after witnesses to the attack were interviewed.

Brooks is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and bail jumping.

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

Madison’s annual event that gathers area eateries on the Capitol Square to offer their unique flavors to hordes of tasters is geared up for its 31st year.

Nineteen of the 89 restaurants scheduled to participate are new this year, according to the event’s website. Debuting at its first Taste of Madison affair Saturday and Sunday is Soho Gourmet Cuisines, a Madison food truck that serves a variety of authentic and fusion-style Chinese dumplings and fusion dumplings. Owner Rocky So said he joined this year because his food truck was new to Madison and the food festival is tradition.

“I grew up in Madison and I’ve always attended the Taste,” So said. “This year is my first year vending, so I have some products I want people to try. It’s hectic but exciting.”

Man stabbed in the back with scissors, police say

Madison police said a 21-year-old Fitchburg man was stabbed in the back with scissors during a dispute over drug territory.

The attack occurred Tuesday morning in a park area in the 100 block of West Mifflin Street, according to police.

The victim suffered a minor wound to the back.

Police said they?re trying to trying to identify the attacker.