Morning Update: Tuesday, Oct. 26

Election investigation deja vu

Good morning, Madison.

Have you ever dreamed of living in a world where the spooky and scary roam freely all year round? For one Madison couple, that fantasy is their reality.

BJ and Eileen Winslow own and operate Dapper Cadaver, a specialty prop shop with a propensity for the weird, wounded, and wacky.

The couple recently moved their shop from Hollywood California to Madison’s west side. Eileen is a Milwaukee native and told Channel 3000 the Madison community has been incredibly welcoming to them.

The couple has worked on some high-profile projects, from "American Horror Story" and "What We Do In The Shadows" to "True Blood." They even made a prop dummy for the latest James Bond movie.

“Some days, you’re making 250 hands, but the next day you’re doing a dinosaur wedding,” BJ told Channel 3000.

On top of making bloody bodies and creatures for the entertainment industry, the couple also uses their talents to work first responders and medical institutions, providing them with training materials (read: fake dead bodies and parts) for education purposes.

If you want your house to be the scariest spot on the block this year, the shop is open for sales, rentals, and custom work.

— Hayley

🔍 Another one? Anotha one.

🎒 The Madison School Board approved a $538 million budget and a  property tax increase.

  • The school board unanimously approved the district’s 2021-22 budget of $538 million. This number represents a $55 million increase over last year’s actual expenditures, but includes $18.9 million from federal COVID relief funds, the Cap Times reports.
  • The budget includes a 3.23% pay increase for teachers, the highest allowable by law.
  • The State Journal reports taxes on the average Madison home (which is currently valued at $335,200) will increase by $313, an 8.9% jump.

💰 WARF announced a record-breaking donation to support research at UW.

📚 Edgewood High School's president will retire next year.

  • Mike Elliott has served as president of the school since 2013. He announced Monday that he will retire next summer but plans to stay involved with the school and work on the redevelopment of major donations and the Commons building project, NBC15 reports.

🐰 NEW: We've partnered with the folks at the Dane County Humane Society to bring you Take Me Home Tuesday. Every other week, we'll highlight one of the sweet angel babies who currently resides at the humane society, but could become the newest member of your family!

  • Meet the first cutie up for adoption: Pauli is the dust bunny you’d love hanging around your home. He’s a little shy at first, but once comfortable, he’ll nudge you for head rubs. This young male lionhead got along well with cats at his previous home, so he’s open to roommates. His beautiful, fluffy fur will require some maintenance so he doesn’t look like he’s got constant bedhead.

🚘 The city has introduced the final changes of 2021 for its Vision Zero project.

  • Some context: Vision Zero refers to the city's goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2030.
  • The speed limit on portions of Cottage Grove Road went into effect yesterday. Here's what changed:
    • Drexel to Highway 51 has changed from 30 mph to 25 mph.
    • Highway 51 to Flora has changed from 35 mph to 30 mph.

💻 ICYMI: The Cap Times got a new website.

  • The local paper has cut ties with, moving to a standalone site.
  • From Publisher Paul Fanlund: "We in the Cap Times initiated this change, believing it will both eliminate confusion over the two intermingled newspaper titles on and also better reflect the Cap Times’ mission. Most importantly, it will provide Cap Times readers with an excellent and uncluttered digital experience."

🇦🇫 Your lunchtime read:  'It feels like I am free': Afghan journalist reflects on journey to Fort McCoy, relief of being resettled in US.

  • From WPR: "Former NPR producer Khwaga Ghani said life at Fort McCoy was challenging, where she struggled to find ways to fill her time and missed having easy access to staples like bread and tea."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 54.9%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.8%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.

📅 Events: Tuesday, Oct. 26