Madison Commons Media Digest, October 6, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Chief Mike Koval's sudden retirement sets Police and Fire Commission process in motion, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 5; Out with a bang: Koval wanted to avoid the 'torture' of a budget fight, Dylan Brogan, Isthmus, Oct. 3;   Madison Police Chief Mike Koval announces retirement, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Sept. 30.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway proposes vehicle fee, independent police auditor in operating budget; Dane Co. Exec Joe Parisi's 2020 budget proposal expands immigration assistance and flood mitigation; Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Oct. 2;  Mayor's budget proposal: $40 wheel tax for Bus Rapid Transit, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 2.


'A church that stands for something that is vitally needed': Black and white churches form alliance, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Oct. 5.

Health-focused radio show Nuestra Salud celebrates 15 years on the air, Fatoumata Ceesay, Madison365, Oct. 1.

Higher Education

More high school students study at MATC for free under expanded partnership, Logan Wroge, WSJ, Oct. 5.

UW-Homecoming video sparks backlash as Black students are cut out, Robert Chappell, Madison365, Oct. 2.

Online courses driving rise in UW-Madison summer school enrollment, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Oct. 2.


Going electric: As battery-powered vehicles catch on, policy makers grapple with roles, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, Oct. 5.

Update: Mayor calls company's explanation of transformer failure fire 'wholly inadequate,' Abigail Becker,  CT, Oct. 5.

ATC identifies cause of July 19 transformer explosion; part failure called 'very rare event,' Chris Hubbuch, WSJ,  Oct. 3.

Food and Sustainability

Madison needs to pay attention to food cart safety, fabricator warns, Samara Kalk Derby, WSJ, Sept. 30.

Arts and Culture

'Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evildoers' Artist Jose Torres-Tama in performance at Madison East High School October 9, sponsored by Dane Arts and Centro Hispano, Madison365, Oct. 1.

How Bookstores against Borders became a phenomenon, Tone Madison, WORT, Oct. 3.

Tangled up in plastic: Chazen exhibit turns trash into fine art, Michael Muckian, Isthmus, Oct. 3.


Forward FC clinches USL League One playoff spotWSJ, Oct. 6.


Major void to be filled at West Towne Mall with Von Maur, Barry Adams, WSJ, Oct. 5.


Chocolate Shoppe owner vows fight after new Atwood building owner locks store out, Chris Rickert and Jeff Richgels, WSJ, Oct. 3; Court allows Chocolate Shoppe to re-open while lawsuit pending, Ed Treleven, WSJ, Oct. 5.

Edgewood, other schools now need city OK for major changes to outdoor facilities, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Oct. 2.


Madison's next police chief will face a heavy lift, Paul Fanlund, CT, Oct. 4.

A new push for a constitutional convention, Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Examiner, Oct. 3.


Ron Johnson says Trump denied quid pro quo in August call, Riley Vetterkind, WSJ, Oct. 5.

Rare bipartisan union on 4-year-old kindergarten, Ruth Coniff, Oct. 4; Bipartisan bill divides unions, environmentalists, Erik Gunn, Oct. 1, Wisconsin Examiner. 

Dane and Surrounding Counties

Fired Baraboo zoo manager creates website to share her side of termination by city, Bridget Cooke, WSJ, Oct. 4.

Trump farm secretary: No guarantee small dairy farms will survive, Todd Richmond, AP, Oct. 2.

$3.1 million in science and technology upgrades at Evansville High School clearly visible, Pamela Contant, WSJ, Sept. 30.

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