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Man adopts dog with secret sniffing ability

Man adopts dog with secret sniffing ability

There are thousands of successful adoption stories coming out of the Dane County Humane Society. Countless pets have found homes but News3 traveler Mark Koehn has a story not so much about adoption but about fate.

The story begins one morning this past July; Tim Stephenson was watching the news.

"I saw her on News3, the pet of the week. Then I hear a little bit of the stories that she's not really adoptable," Stephenson said.

Ten-year-old Sassy was brought to the news station but adoptees knew older dogs can sometimes be harder to place.

"Just because she's 10 years old and she has a few problems, it doesn't mean anything. I'm not going to let her die just because of all of that," said Stephenson.

Stephenson said he wasn't going to let her die just because she was 10 years old and had a few problems, but he expected to not have to keep up with such a fast pace.

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Too many cancers are called the "silent killer" because so many of them show very little symptoms before diagnosis. Often, by then, it's too late.

It was six years ago that Fitchburg resident Jan McNally, then 44, saw the doctor about long-term symptoms. Doctors chose to look into her situation, and what was expected to be an exploratory surgery turned out to be ovarian cancer.

"I had told my kids, it was going to be a very simple, one-day surgery. I'd be home for dinner and everything would be fine," said McNally, "Well when he got in there, he realized my ovary was actually encapsulated with the cancer."

Jan was fortunate, in that she had a curable form of the disease with a very small likelihood of it metastasizing or recurring. She was able to beat the disease with the help of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology program, and five years later wanted to take her fight one step further.

Madison police officers recognized for helping family

Madison police officers recognized for helping family

Two Madison police officers are being recognized for their efforts to help a homeless family found on State Street.

A downtown patrol officer noticed a pile of blankets and some belongings in the 200 block of State Street Sunday morning and was called back to the site a short time later when a man said he heard a baby crying. The officer said she found four adults and six children huddled together under the blanket.

The extended family included a 5-month-old, a 9-year-old and a 13-year-old.

The adults told the officer they escaped shootings in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's south side. They told the officer it was just too dangerous to stay.

The officer said the family appeared to have been living on the streets for a couple of weeks.

Rhythm & Booms organizers invite public to discuss move

Rhythm & Booms organizers invite public to discuss move

City leaders will host a meeting on the south side to discuss the decision to switch locations.

Madison Festivals, the company that organizes the annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show, announced earlier this year that the event would move from Warner Park to downtown Madison on John Nolen Drive.

The City of Madison's Committee on the Environment and the Common Council will hold a meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Water Utility building, 119 E. Olin Ave. The public is invited to discuss the proposed move at the meeting.

Plans involve setting off fireworks from barges in Lake Monona and having spectators enjoy the show from along John Nolen Drive.

Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods

Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods

Catastrophic flooding in Colorado stranded a Madison man and his family on vacation in the Big Thompson River Canyon.

Last week, the mountains north of Denver received an influx of rain that caused flash flooding in canyons. Mark Noxon was on a break from playing bass with his Madison-based group, the Mighty WheelHouse. He was spending time with family in the area that was ravaged by floodwaters. The unrelenting rain had washed out the road, leaving Noxon and his family stranded for three days.

"I never felt the way I felt last week when I was completely helpless," Noxon said. "There was no power, no nothing.  Just rationing food and water, surrounded by this raging river."

Competitive eating helps UW student pay for school

Competitive eating helps UW student pay for school

A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of "Silo" is eating his way through school competitively.

Computer engineering student Eric Dahl ranks No. 3 in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings. He's earned more than $18,000 in prize money or merchandise to help pay for his education. Dahl's first paycheck came from Dickey's Barbecue Pit in suburban Minneapolis. He earned $250 for inhaling nine pulled-pork sandwiches in 6 minutes.

Dahl walks a few miles a day, lifts weights twice a week and plays intramural soccer and hockey to maintain his 220-pound weight. The State Journal reported "Silo" will try to win $1,000 at a national pizza-eating contest on Library Mall at UW-Madison Saturday.

Dahl appeared on News 3 This Morning on Friday.

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Rhett Miller to headline epilepsy org benefit

Rhett Miller to headline epilepsy org benefit

An organization created in honor of a man's son will hold an evening a music on the east side Thursday night.

A benefit concert will be held at the High Noon Saloon featuring Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, Miles Nielsen and Wynn Taylor. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m., organizers said.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Joey's Song organization, which was started by Mike Gomoll after the death of his son Joey in 2010, supports special needs kids and those suffering from seizures. The foundation raises money through CD's and concerts and donates the funds to charitable groups focused on seizure-related disorders.

Watch Gomoll discuss the concert and the mission of his son Joey's foundation: