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'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Woman tries to run over sisters during jealous rage

Woman tries to run over sisters during jealous rage

A 24-year-old woman will eventually face charges after a fit of rage and jealousy ended in her using her car to strike strike two women and a parked car, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the two sisters had van trouble on Tuesday afternoon in a Troy Drive parking lot on Madison's north side. One of the sisters called for a friend to come and help out.

When the man showed up to give the van a jump-start, he hugged one of the sisters, police said. They said once the man's girlfriend saw the hug, she got out of the vehicle, ran over to her boyfriend and began pulling his hair. She then grabbed the tire jack and demanded the keys to her car, which was going to be used to give the van a jump-start, police said.

Man selling marijuana calls police after strong-armed robbery

Man selling marijuana calls police after strong-armed robbery

A Madison teen was punched and robbed of an ounce of marijuana Tuesday morning after he got into a van with two would-be drug buyers who picked him up to make the purchase.

Police said the incident occurred after the victim was picked up on Elka Lane just west of Warner Park on the city's north side.

The victim initially called police to say he had been the victim of a strong-armed robbery, but police determined he had been trying to sell about $300 worth of marijuana.

Madison Abuzz As New Ordinance Legalizes Beekeeping

Madison Abuzz As New Ordinance Legalizes Beekeeping

By Nora Hertel, Madison Commons Reporter

Until now, beekeeping in Madison was technically illegal. Nevertheless, dozens in the city have tried to keep their bees under the radar.

According to Matt Tucker, the zoning administrator for the City of Madison, keeping bees has been like stacking firewood on your property. The city does not condone the activity, but it only becomes an issue if the neighbors complain.

But a new ordinance, passed on Feb. 28, permits, even encourages, Madison residents to keep bees as part of an effort to promote local, urban agriculture.

Officially called Section 9.53, the change comes as an amendment to chapter 28 of the Madison General Ordinances of the conservancy, agriculture, and residential districts.

Proponents see the ordinance as part of a broader urban farming movement.

Woman Cited After Road Rage Incident Involving Ranch Dressing

Woman Cited After Road Rage Incident Involving Ranch Dressing

A Madison man was driving on Northport Drive near Sherman Avenue and was stopped at a red light when the woman in a car next to him threw a packet of ranch dressing onto the side of his car on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the woman, later indentified as Qhivetta L. Harris, was angry because, she said, she had been cut off by the driver.

Harris was cited for disorderly conduct and operating after suspension, police said. She was warned not to drive, but she returned to her car and drove away. The officer attempted to stop her again, but Harris refused to stop for almost another mile. She was taken to jail on an additional chare of fleeing an officer.

Man Faces Charges After Cooking Own Meal At Denny's

Man Faces Charges After Cooking Own Meal At Denny's

A man claiming to have been sent by the Denny's corporate offices faces charges after cooking his own cheeseburger and fries at the northeast Madison restaurant Tuesday afternoon, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the man, identified as James B. Summers, 52, of Madison, came into the restaurant at about 4:30 p.m. carrying a briefcase and wearing a maroon tie and long black trench coat.

He told workers that he was the new general manager and that he had worked for the restaurant chain for 30 years and was starting his new job right away.

The current manager at Thierer Road location said she had not gotten any word from corporate about a new general manager. She proceeded to tell Summers that he had the wrong restaurant. 

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

ScooterCabs, a local business created by three University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, aims to provide an affordable alternative to taking a taxi home or driving under the influence. 

The service was created as an extra option for patrons that drive out to a bar or restaurant and have a few too many drinks.  The concept is similar to a taxi, except for one fundamental difference; the taxi is now the patron’s own vehicle.  There is no longer a need for patrons to abandon their vehicle at the bar or restaurant to make it home safely.

"With Wisconsin’s high rates of drunk driving, Madison seemed to have a need for this type of service," said owner Justin Sisley, "but even for the majority of people who would make the responsible decision to call a cab, our service provides a much more convenient option for them.  No more waiting around for a friend or cab to take you back to your car in the morning."