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The assaulter grabbed the victim's buttocks and fled the scene, according to police, who are still investigating the incident  

MPD seeks suspect in University Avenue sexual assault

The Madison Police Department is looking for a suspect involved in a sexual assault and battery incident that occurred on the 600 block of University Avenue Saturday evening. The suspect allegedly aggressively grabbed the behind of a 20-year-old Madison woman prompting a 26-year-old Chicago man to approach the suspect about his action.

A switch to buses run on renewables could save the city money and also reduce its carbon footprint, a study found.

Buses run on renewables could be city’s next step toward sustainability goals

In an effort to meet the City of Madison’s zero waste goal, city officials are considering switching all municipal vehicles to renewable energy. Replacing Madison’s municipal vehicles with a fleet run entirely on renewable energy would be the most cost effective way to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, according to a study presented by the Sustainable Madison Committee Monday.


State Street Taco Bell is lawyering up, sues City of Madison over liquor license

The franchiser of Taco Bell announced today a lawsuit against the City of Madison, for the unfair denial of a liquor license, furthering the months long battle over alcohol sales at the restaurants new Cantina on State Street. The restaurant chain is claiming that their liquor license was unfairly denied on the grounds that weeks after their denial, the city issued a license to a similar establishment, Chen’s Dumpling House, across the street. Originally, the city’s Common Council originally approved the license, but it was then vetoed by Mayor Soglin, and did not garner enough votes for a veto-override. “The City’s approval of the Chen’s application proves there is no evidence or rational basis for the finding that granting Bell’s License Application would undermine public safety,” the complaint stated. Soglin vetoed the original application on the grounds of “public safety.” “[Issuing a license to this location would have] enormous costs for the residents of Madison and our city government by contributing to the alcohol related problems, downtown, potentially including violence and raising the cost of policing,” Soglin stated, according to the complaint. The lawsuit claims that Soglin’s evidence of alcohol related crime all occured on University Avenue, and therefore the denial of Taco Bell’s license was “arbitrary and capricious.” According to the complaint, various Madison Alders were concerned that the denial of Taco Bell’s license was arbitrary. “I don’t know how we can call ourselves ‘policy makers’ and vote [to uphold] the veto with the Mayor, because we would be making a decision with the absence of a policy at the detriment of a business, regardless of it it’s a national chain or whatever,” Alder Phair said, according to the complaint. Taco Bell is asking the city of Madison for the approval of their liquor license and “recoverable costs” for the revenue the restaurant would have made had the original license been approved.


After 10 years, The Frequency is set to close its doors

After 10 years in Madison’s downtown area, local music venue The Frequency will be closing on June 30. When Darwin Sampson started concert venue, he hoped the venue could act as a stepping stone for small local bands and occasionally host touring acts as they passed through Madison on their way to larger cities. “That’s the whole concept of The Frequency, it’s just that next step for that band in the basement that has aspirations to maybe up their game a little bit,” Sampson said.

Property values rose throughout Madison in 2017 including neighborhoods around campus like Langdon Street.

Madison property values rise in 2017 but affordable housing goals on track

According to data released by by the city last week, Madison real estate is becoming more expensive — especially if you live downtown. Property value citywide increased 7.4 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the assessments, while residential property increased 6.8 percent. The assessment was conducted by the city assessor, who determines the property value around the city, specifically for the purpose of calculating property taxes.


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