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MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

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Free ballpark movie Sunday is 'Despicable Me' sequel

The Madison Mallards will host the Zimbrick Honda Movie night series at the Duck Pond ballpark on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The free, family friendly event is open to public.

Gates are open at 3:30 p.m. and the movie "Despicable Me 2" will start at 4 p.m., organizers said. The movie will be shown on the Zimbrick Honda video board and movie-goers can sit in the outfield grass or in the Mallards grandstand.

The TDS Triple Play Club concession stand will be available with food, beer, soda and water.

Find more information at www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/moonlightmovieseries.cfm

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

City, VA leaders hope to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Homeless veterans could have new housing options soon with city leaders and Veteran's Administration officials setting a goal to end veteran homelessness in Madison by 2015.

City leaders said there is new assistance available in the form of 23 Section 8 housing vouchers.

Madison's Community Development Authority and Veterans Administration are working with about 110 homeless veterans, officials said.

"We have to get our veterans, as is the case with all homeless people, into permanent housing. If that is not done and we focus on programs that sustain life on the street we're basically undermining our best efforts," Soglin said.

The voucher program relies on private landlords to provide rental units.

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Man injured leaping from car hood into side of bus, police say

Man injured leaping from car hood into side of bus, police say

Police said a Madison man was injured when he jumped from the hood of a car into the side of a bus Wednesday during rush hour.

A 26-year-old man was traveling in a car near the 3000 block of East Washington Avenue with a woman at about 5:30 p.m. and the two appeared to be arguing, witnesses told police.

The car carrying the couple had stopped in the bus lane, according to the report. Witnesses told police the man jumped multiple times from the hood into traffic before he leaped into the bus.

He was taken to the hospital. Police said the man's injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Free medical clinic being offered in Madison

A free one-day medical clinic is being offered in Madison for people without insurance.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is offering the clinic all day on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Alliant Energy Center.

The clinic will provide basic primary and preventive care to anyone in the area who has limited or no access to health care. Organizers of the event say patients will also receive information about local resources and health care providers.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help assist with the clinic which will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.