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Pick Six: Beau Allen

Pick Six: Beau Allen

In News 3's "Pick Six" series, we get to know prominent local athletes a little better. This installment features UW Badgers defensive lineman Beau Allen.

Allen is a great player, a leader on the team and a funny guy who's not shy about his great head of locks.

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Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

A canvas of brilliant blue water, white, sandy beaches and lush, green vegetation, the Mediterranean region is a popular destination for travelers and one of the most widely represented cuisines among Madison’s international restaurants. Authentic Mediterranean food cannot be distilled to just one menu because the cultural and ethnic diversity surrounding the actual Mediterranean Sea makes for a diverse regional diet.

In Madison, restaurants whose chefs and owners have ties directly back to a Mediterranean home country include Plaka Taverna, Mediterranean Cafe and Bunky’s Cafe.

Madison healthcare workers train for disaster in Alabama

Madison healthcare workers train for disaster in Alabama

Imagine a small group of domestic terrorists attacking local infrastructure, leading to injuries and death, a disruption of daily life and instilling fear among area residents.

It's a scenario most people don’t want to think about, but 140 personnel from 37 healthcare and hospital facilities across Wisconsin recently dealt with that scenario during an intensive, week-long training program at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

The center provides emergency responders with the skills they need to respond to and manage incidents and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This allows participants to attend at no cost to their employers.

St. Mary’s Hospital sent four employees from its emergency preparedness committee to participate in the experience where attendees received extensive training related to their professions before coming together for the simulated terrorist exercise. 

Hospital collects 195 pairs of glasses to send overseas

Hospital collects 195 pairs of glasses to send overseas

One certainly doesn't seem like a number that makes a difference, but when one becomes two and so on, it can be. That's what employees at St. Mary's learned first hand.

Collection bins around the hospital encouraged employees to donate their used or no longer needed eyeglasses.

Last year hospital employees donated around 150 pairs of eyeglasses. This year they increased their donations by 30 percent to a total of 195 pairs.

The Lions Club collected the eyeglasses and took them to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Rosholt, Wis.

There, the items are cleaned and sorted by prescription strength. The glasses are shipped to developing nations where they will help people who otherwise may not be able to afford or have access to prescription lenses.

Pick Six: J.J. Watt

Pick Six: J.J. Watt

Former Badger and current NFL star J.J. Watt comes from a football family.

His brother, Derek, is the starting fullback on the Wisconsin football team, and his younger brother T.J. will be a freshman with the Badgers this fall.

J.J. said he has fond memories growing up, going on family cruises and enjoying his Mom's chocolate chip pancakes.

Learn more about J.J. and the Watt family by viewing our "Pick Six" feature.

Catch up on other "Pick Six" athletes:

Pick Six: Get to know Mark Johnson

Pick Six: Get to know Derek Watt

Pick Six: Get to know Ethan Hemer

City leaders hope to continue Olin-Turville turnaround

City leaders hope to continue Olin-Turville turnaround

Madison city leaders and volunteers have spent a lot of time and resources in recent years in an effort to turn around a troubled city park.

Olin-Turville Park, despite some progress, is still unable to fully shake its stigma of a popular location for recreational sex.

Police are now sharing their new concerns at Olin-Turville Park and their latest plans for a fix.

Music and fun are exactly what Madison police and neighborhood volunteers had in mind when they decided to establish a free weekly concert series for the month of May at the park's Olin Pavilion.

"The concerts are a celebration of the success we've had in changing Olin Park, making it a safer place and bringing families back to the park," said Sgt. Jim Dexheimer with the Madison Police Department.

Sci-fi fans in town for 37th annual gathering

Sci-fi fans in town for 37th annual gathering

Science fiction lovers from across the globe made a stop in Madison this weekend for a one-of-a-kind event.

The 37th Wis-Con, the state's largest feminist science-fiction convention, took place at the Madison Concourse Hotel Friday through Monday.

Many attendees return year after year for the community to discuss ideas related to the book-oriented side of the genre and feminism.

A hot topic this year, attendees said, was whether or not themes in the George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," series known to viewers of the HBO TV adaptation as simply "Game of Thrones," are feminist forward or not.