Madison Commons Media Digest, October 27, 2019


MSAN students want more teachers of color in Madison, Oct. 26; Another Madison school staffer disciplined under 'zero tolerance' shares story, Oct.25; Conference brings more than 200 to Madison to discuss equity for students of color, Oct. 23; Two other grievances over racial slur use in process, Madison teachers' union says Oct. 22; Scott Girard, CT.

Middleton High School investigates racial segregation incident, Chris Rickert, WSJ, Oct. 25.

Our civics duty: Do our schools fail to turn students into engaged citizens? Judith Davidoff, Isthmus, Oct. 24.

Madison School District rescinds West High security guard termination, Scott Girard, CT, Oct. 22.


Madison library says publisher's move will limit access to e-books, Chris Rickert, WSJ, Oct. 21.

Higher Education

After five years overseeing UW campuses, System President Ray Cross announces retirement, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Oct. 26.

Toxic lab lasted for years. UW-Madison had little idea until a student died by suicide, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Oct. 26.

UW-Madison professor of African storytelling dies at 88 -- but his lectures live on, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Oct. 22.

Madison and Dane County

Liquor-heavy areas of Madison tax police, building inspection services, Chris Rickert, WSJ, Oct. 23.

Madison Finance Committee approves police auditor, but not new cops, as put of 2020 budget, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 22.

Mayor's proposed budget would harm anti-violence effort, group says, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Oct. 21.

City Council size a sticking point for task force studying local government structure, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 21.


Neighbors concerned after 200 trees cut down on Far West Side; city says goal is restoration, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Oct. 25.

Food and Sustainability

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes visitis Badger Rock Middle School for farm-to-table experience, L. Malik Anderson, Madison365, Oct. 24.

Vendors scramble as fresh lake perch supply shrinks, Patty Zarling, Manitowoc Times/WSJ, Oct. 21.

Media, Arts, and Culture

Madison365 earns two national awards, including Publisher of the Year, Robert Chappell, Madison365, Oct. 26.

Wisconsin newsrooms brace for Gannett-Gatehouse merger, Erik Gunn, Wisconsin Examiner, Oct. 24.

Some over-the-air TV channels might not come back online until December, Shanzeh Ahmad, WSJ, Oct. 23.


Peter Wilt leaves Forward Madison FC managing director role for job with USL, Todd D. Milewski, WSJ, Oct. 24.


Google expands Madison presence with new office, partners with Boys and Girls Club, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 26.

Little movement in Foxconn 'innovation centers' in Madison, Riley Vetterkind, WSJ, Oct. 24.

Pegasus Games in Madison to close after failing to find a buyer, Barry Adams, WSJ, Oct. 24.


Wisconsin Supreme Court quietly stripped constitutional authority from circuit courts, Jeffrey Mandell, Wisconsin Examiner, Oct. 21.


Senate leader says vote on gun control legislation is 'not going to happen' despite special session, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, Oct. 23.

Dems introduce Wisconsin family-leave bill, Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner, Oct. 23.

Advocates looking to state Senate to pass legislation aimed at combating homelessness, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Oct. 23.

Dane and Surrounding Counties

Energizer moving Vermont battery facility to PortageAssociated Press, Oct. 26.

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