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Claire Lancaster

The family of Yu Chen, 43, who was killed last month by a university-owned boat while windsurfing on Lake Mendota is poised to request a Dane County judge to release additional evidence from the incident.

Family seeking evidence in case of windsurfer killed by UW Lifesaving boat

State, county and university officials will be asked to turn over key evidence in the case of a windsurfer who died when he was struck from behind by a UW-Madison rescue boat May 31 in Lake Mendota. Jay Urban, the attorney for the mother of 43-year-old Yu Chen, who was killed in the collision, says the university, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office have withheld evidence that could be sufficient to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. A claim must be filed within 120 days of a death involving a state employee under state law but the sheriff’s office plans to keep the evidence confidential until the investigation is complete.That process could take longer than 120 days, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday. Urban plans to file a motion seeking UW Lifesaving training and maintenance records and videos from the Governor’s mansion, which overlooks the lake, among other evidence.


At the heart of local startups, UW-Madison ideas prevail

Years after graduating from UW-Madison, some of the university’s core philosophies have stuck closely with entrepreneurs still in the city—in some cases, even having served as a launchpad for their careers. EatStreet co-founder and CEO Matt Howard said that UW-Madison had a significant role in the successful launch of his company, which now employs over 1,000 people and has locations across the country.

 Attorneys Marilyn Townsend and Jill Karofsky are competing for a Dane County judge seat in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Marilyn Townsend, Jill Karofsky vie for Dane County judge seat

Both candidates vying for a Dane County judge seat have said they will spend the two-year term serving individuals who are disadvantaged in the justice system, each insisting that their background prepares them best for the job. Two attorneys—Marilyn Townsend and Jill Karofsky—are competing to fill the seat for Branch 12 of the Dane County Circuit Court. Townsend spent 30 years as a union and civil rights lawyer before being elected for three terms as a municipal judge for the Village of Shorewood Hills.


Alec Cook’s attorneys land thousands of pages of previously unseen evidence

Attorneys of suspended UW-Madison student Alec Cook are set to receive at least 2,800 pages of police reports and other evidence previously undisclosed by the prosecution, after an emergency motion was filed Friday requesting release of the material. Cook’s attorneys, Christopher Van Wagner and Jessa Nicholson, requested in the motion that the state turn over the following:any physical evidence that the state intends to use at trial, a list of witnesses that would be called at trial, a written summary of videotaped or recorded written and oral statements made by Cook and the witnesses, including emails, text messages or any other form of electronic messages, as well as a summary of any expert’s testimony. “This allows us, in this and every other case, to see what they have and then do our own follow-up investigation,” Van Wagner told The Daily Cardinal in an email.


MPD chief: Tony Robinson settlement not ‘admission of guilt’

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval echoed the discontent of the city’s police union leaders, asserting that the $3.35 million settlement last week paid to the family of Tony Robinson by the city’s insurer was not an admission of guilt. The federal civil rights lawsuit was brought by the family of Tony Robinson, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed after an altercation with Madison Police Department Officer Matt Kenny in March 2015.

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Madison Common Council passed unanimously on Tuesday a resolution reaffirming the city's stance on immigration enforcement and declaring several public buildings as "safe places" for the community.

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