Madison Commons Media Digest, August 25, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Independent Madison police monitor could launch investigations, but lack the final say, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, August 25. Research group suggests changes in criminal court processing to reduce Dane County Jail population, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, August 24. Edgewood College alleges religious discrimination in lawsuit against Madison over use of athletic field, Abigail Becker, CT, August 22; Edgewood offered to 'coordinate messaging' on lawsuit with mayor, Judith Davidoff, Isthmus, August 22. Overlooked: Former Dane County staff attorneys frustrated with working conditions, Abigail Becker, CT, August 19. Community

Madison365's Sí Se Puede 2019: Wisconsin's most powerful Latinos, Henry Sanders, August 24.

The Kit Man: Kevin “K-Dog” Harter Keeps Forward Madison Ready to Win

 Kevin Harter has been in the locker room for a few hours already when I meet him in the cramped space under the stone grandstand at Breese Stevens Field. Still, he’s behind his usual schedule -- the Forward Madison FC equipment manager usually has the locker room prepped the night before home matches.

Community Partnership Helps People Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Gwendolyn Diemer, 69, the vice president of Triangle Neighbor Organization, had been sleeping on an air mattress for almost a year before she landed in an apartment at the Community Development Authority’s Triangle complex, just south of downtown Madison, six years ago. 

“You have to light it up, put it down and you have to sink all the way on the floor to get on it,” said Diemer, “It was just not comfortable.” 

Fortunately, Diemer was able to get a bed through a partnership between CDA’s Triangle complex, UnityPoint Health-Meriter and Steinhafel’s which is providing beds for residents on a monthly basis.

Madison Commons Media Digest, August 18, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Madison Flooding: Another deluge like 2018 would bring 'deep trouble' to area, Chris Hubbuch, Wisconsin State Journal, August 18. More than 1,000 Madison homes would be 'incompatible for residential use' with F-35 jets, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, August 11. Performance Review: Critics acknowledge Koval's challenges, describe him as defensive, emotional; 'I feel outnumbered': An interview with Mike Koval, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, August 14. Community

Ten reports of Klan propaganda in and near Madison, Robert Chappell, Madison365, August 15. A Wisconsin group leading efforts to bring supplies to Mississippi immigrants families torn apart by ICE, David Dahmer, Madison365, August 15.

The Bus Stops Here: For Belt Tightening

A counterintuitive way to reduce congestion is to go on a road diet or, in this case belt-tightening. The common view? No. On July 24, 2019 officials involved in a Wisconsin Department of Transportation project called US 12/18 Madison Beltline Improvement Alternatives held a well-publicized public involvement meeting1 on a ten mile stretch between Whitney Way and I- 39/90 . The stretch had to be upgraded, the perfect time to consider modifications to the current arrangement.

Artist Jenie Gao Seeks “Uncommon Ground” in New Exhibit

Full time artist, creative director and entrepreneur Jenie Gao said when opinions, clash people often want to find common ground to bare solutions. 

Gao, however, sees it differently. 

“From personal to professional to political spaces, I have paid attention to disputes between people who plead for common ground yet gloss over perspectives and leave issues unresolved. I have wondered that if instead of common ground, we should advocate and claim space for identities and representations that are rare,” Gao said. 

Madison Commons Media Digest, August 11, 2019

Madison and Dane County

'Extraordinarily Disappointing': Madison police union calls out Rhodes-Conway over comments, August 10; Madison City Council approves initial recommendations from police committee, August 7; Rhodes-Conway offers next steps to address mental health crises, August 6, Abigail Becker, Capital Times; Madison mayor condemns police response to June arrest, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, August 7. State to triple size of Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center on North Side, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, August 8. Community

Women allege they were sexually abused a kids at Calvary Gospel Church in Madison, Katelyn Ferral, CT, August 9. Community leaders speak out against ICE raids, rally at Capitol, Ruth Conniff, Wisconsin Examiner, August 9. Education

Jennifer Cheatham hopes she positioned Madison School District to get to the 'next level' on racial equity, Logan Wroge, WSJ, August 11.