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Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Police officers, firefighters host blood drive in memory of 9/11

Firefighters and police officers in the Madison area are giving back to the community in memory of their fallen colleagues on Sept. 11 with a public blood drive.

City of Madison firefighters and police officers will be commemorating the day with a blood drive at the Madison Police Training Center at 5702 Femrite Drive on the east side, officials said.

The Never Forget blood drive will be held Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon.

Firefighters and police officers will participate in some friendly competition to benefit the American Red Cross by tracking the number of people each team can get to donate, organizers said.

Anyone who cannot make it to the Never Forget blood drive can still support the cause by going to either of the fixed donation sites between Sept. 11-18. The American Red Cross east and west donor centers are at 2109 Zeier Road and 4860 Sheboygan Ave.

Dozens of doomed dogs get new life in Madison

Families waited in anticipation as 70 dogs made the trip from Texas to Madison to be adopted, but the dogs were not the only ones who made a long trip.

"We drove 900 miles from Virginia to adopt dogs from Texas, in Wisconsin. It took us two days to get here," Sandra Lowman said.

Despite the distance, Lowman and her husband John, traveled the distance to help save dogs that would have otherwise had a different outcome. Adoption manager for pet rescue group Tracy's Dogs, Robbie Cowly, said the dogs that were brought to Wisconsin Friday would have been killed.

"Every dog that you see come into Pet Smart tonight once had a pending euthanasia date in Texas," Cowly said. "We wait until they hit death row and then we pull them out of the shelters."

Tracy's Dogs, a nonprofit organization in Texas, travels to different states to find otherwise unadoptable dogs a home.

Madison ranked 9th snobbiest city in U.S.

A real estate blog has named Madison one of the country?s snobbiest cities.

According to the top 10 list released by Movoto, snobby cities are full of people who think they?re better than everyone else, and Madison ranks No. 9 on that list.

The No. 1 spot went to San Francisco, followed by Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Scottsdale, Arizona; Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Irvine, California, Honolulu, Hawaii; Madison; and Atlanta.

For the rankings Movoto compiled a list of the top 100 largest cities in the country and then looked at median home price, median household income, percent of population with a college degree, private schools per capita, performing arts per capita, art galleries per capita and fast food restaurants per capita.

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

Approximately 2,600 athletes will be descending on Madison over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Ironman triathlon.

The triathlon routes feature Madison and its surrounding scenic areas, organizers said.

Ironman Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 Ironman, according to a release.

The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison.

According to the release, 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin.

Many University of Wisconsin campus and downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race, organizers said.

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Madison?s Henry Vilas Zoo announced Wednesday that two new residents will be moving in as soon as their home in the zoo?s new Arctic Passage Exhibit is finished.

Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz said the new residents are two grizzly bears who are currently at the Bismark?s Dakota Zoo, in North Dakota.

The bears were born in the wild, and their mother and grandmother were nuisance bears, which mean they were too comfortable being around people. They broke into campsites, and the grandmother had to be relocated 11 times to keep her away from people.

Then the grandmother broke into and raided a pig farm and became too dangerous. Officials euthanized the mother and grandmother, leaving four cubs behind.

Madison will be helping the zoo in North Dakota out by taking two of the cubs. The bears don?t have names yet, but zoo officials hope the community will help them out with that.

UWPD warns of traffic delays for Badger game day

UWPD warns of traffic delays for Badger game day

University of Wisconsin police are reminding residents and visitors of possible delays on Badger football game days.

Close to 100,000 people head to downtown Madison to cheer on the Badgers on game day, and officials are reminding residents and visitors to give themselves extra time to get around.

In addition to Badger game day traffic, thousands will be in Madison this weekend for Ironman, which takes place on Sunday.

UWPD officials said some items are not allowed inside Camp Randall Stadium, including bags larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches, food, beverages, containers, strollers, umbrellas, flags, banners, signs, inflatables, noisemakers, laser pointers and weapons.

Gates will open an hour and a half before kick-off, and spectators should enter the stadium using the gate number printed on their ticket, authorities said.