Madison Commons Media Digest, August 1, 2021

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Wisconsin COVID-19 surge attributed to delta variant; Dane County elevated to 'substantial transmission', Elizabeth Beyer, Wisconsin State Journal, July 30. Covid-19

Epic Systems to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, July 30. Republican tries to block UW campuses from mandatory viras testing, vaccination rules, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, July 29. Wisconsin COVID-19 cases 7 times higher than month ago, Scott Bauer, Associated Press, July 28. Public Health Madison and Dane County recommends masking indoors, Abigail Becker and Scott Girard, Capital Times, July 27.

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 25, 2021

COVID-19

State health officials raise concern as delta variant cases grow in Wisconsin, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, July 23. Madison and Dane County

Madison and Dane County launching new efforts to distribute millions more in federal rent help, Chris Rickert, WSJ, July 24. Madison adds Juneteenth holiday, designates Ho-Chunk Day, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 21. Madison City Council pursues alternating in-person, virtual meetings, Abigail Becker, CT, July 21. Madison City Council plans to alternate between online, in-person meetings for rest of year, Logan Wroge, WSJ, July 21.

Madison Commons, July 18, 2021

Madison and Dane County

City's nonunion employees challenge mayor's plan for wage parity with unions, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, July 15. Airport Commission rejects resolution seeking PFAS clean-up oversight, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 15. No candidates running for Dane County Board District 20 seat, Abigail Becker, CT, July 15; Timothy Rockwell wins special election for Sun Prairie-area seat on Dane County Board, Emily Hamer, WSJ, July 14. Community

A year after dogs were welcomed in Madison parks, response is largely positive, Molly DeVore, WSJ, July 14. Boys & Girls club to break ground on new Regional Youth Workforce Center, David Dahmer, Madison365, July 12.

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 11, 2021

COVID-19

COVID-19 uptick in Wisconsin likely linked to delta variant, David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal, July 10. 'Not everyone has to come to jail': COVID-19 changes could lead to sweeping transformation, Emily Hamer, WSJ, July 10; Incarceration after COVID: How the pandemic could permanently change jails and prisons, Robert Chappell and Shereen Steward, Madison365, July 7. Madison and Dane County

Cap Times Election Q&A: Dane County Board District 19, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 10. Madison Municipal Building, parts of City-County Building open to the public, Abigail Becker, CT, July 8. Madison City Council rejects moving quickly on proposal ending Reindahl Park homeless camp, Abigail Becker, CT, July 7.

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 4, 2021

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Happy Fourth of July! And (we can't help ourselves) the Bucks reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. Madison and Dane County

Madison City Council member seeks to end homeless encampment at Reindahl Park, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, July 3. Juneteenth, day after Thanksgiving may become paid days off in Madison, Molly DeVore, WSJ, July 3. Dane County Jail project delayed again, could get redesigned due to 'skyrocketing' costs, Emily Hamer, WSJ, July 1.

Madison Commons Media Digest, June 27, 2021

Madison and Dane County

Dane County Board opposes use of no-knock warrants in drug cases, Emily Hamer, Wisconsin State Journal, June 25. Madison nearing launch of mobile crisis response team, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, June 24. Jail consultants warn Dane County $148 million project cost could be 'substantially higher,' Abigail Becker, CT, June 23. Committee shelves proposal to raise pay for Madison's non-union employees, Abigail Becker, CT, June 22. Madison Finance Committee supports mayor's plan for $47M in federal COVID-19 relief, Emily Hamer, WSJ, June 22.

Mallards blank Fond du Lac to snap skid

Madison Mallards starting pitcher Andrew Neu saved his squad from a four game sweep Tuesday night at Warner Park after squashing the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in a 5-0 shutout. 

Neu said his catcher Drake Baldwin played a major role in his success. “[He] calls a hell of a game back there. I love throwing to him,” Neu said. “He understands me well”

 Neu rebounded from last week’s nightmarish seven-run showing by keeping the Dock Spiders’ offense in check Tuesday night, giving up just three hits and one walk to go along with three strikeouts. 

Pitching coach Leon Davidson did not tell his starter to make any alterations coming into Tuesday’s outing. “I told him just don’t change anything.

Madison Commons Media Digest, June 20, 2021

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Amber Arnold, WSJ

Hundreds celebrate Juneteenth in return to Madison's Penn Park, Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal, June 20. Madison to launch inaugural 'Civic Season' from Juneteenth through Independence Day, Logan Wroge, WSJ, June 17. Madison and Dane County

Mayor proposes spending $47 million in federal funds on immediate needs, services, June 19; Mayor, City Council seek to raise pay for non-union employees, June 17, Dean Mosiman, WSJ. Madison seeks feedback on program for handling mental health 911 calls, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, June 17. Madison encourages 'Days of Reflection' after unprecedented year, Abigail Becker, CT, June 15.

Now in its second year, Black Umbrella expands, keeps activism at its core

Black Umbrella Global, a local organization centered around activism, is geared toward supporting the Black community throughout the Madison area. Amid the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest, Black Umbrella surfaced as a resource and network for community members to be supported in various areas of the city. Black Umbrella acts as a safety net for Black people throughout the Madison area who seek out equality and liberation.

Rodney Alexander and Shy Smith, two of the founding members of Black Umbrella, spoke to the organization's mission and goals for the Madison community in addition to the progress the organization has currently made in the community since the summer of 2020. While their transitional housing project, community outreach, and distribution of food and educational resources are major aspects of Black Umbrella's mission, activism is the core value of the organization.

Madison Commons Media Digest, June 13, 2021

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MMSD to return to five days a week in-person instruction in fall, Scott Girard, Capital Times, June 10. COVID-19

YouTube suspends Sen. Ron Johnson for COVID-19 'misinformation', Associated Press, June 12. Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Dane County health department order to close schools, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, June 11. Scott Walker, Jim Doyle team up on ad to urge COVID-19 vaccination, David Wahlberg, WSJ, June 11. Madison and Dane County

Dane County Jail project needs city of Madison approval to move forward, Emily Hamer, WSJ, June 11.