Morning Update: Wednesday, Sept. 22
To the wolves
Good morning, Madison.
It's Wednesday, my friends. Have you ever thought to yourself "Wow, I wish I could drink a beer that has such a high alcohol content that it's illegal in 15 states"? If you said yes, Samuel Adams has a treat for you.
The Boston brewer is releasing a new limited-edition beer with 28% alcohol by volume — that's more than five times the potency of a typical American beer. Because of this alcohol volume, the limited-edition brew wont be sold in 15 states, but of course it will be available in Wisconsin.
With that said, it's going to cost you more than the arm and leg you've already used to pay for a pitcher of Spotted Cow at the Terrace. The brew is priced at $240 for a 25-ounce bottle and will be released Oct. 11. Personally, I think I'll stick to Hamms for now.
🐺 Six Ojibwe tribes are suing the state to stop the wolf hunt.
- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac Courtes Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa Indians, and Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa tribes filed a federal lawsuit yesterday in attempt to halt Wisconsin's scheduled November wolf hunt, arguing it violates their treaty rights.
- Under 1837 and 1842 treaties with the U.S. government, tribes are entitled to up to half the hunt quota but use that right not to hunt the wolves, but protect them. They argue that by setting the hunt quota at 300, the DNR acted to nullify the tribes' share and failed to use “sound biological principles” in establishing the quota.
- The tribes want to prevent a repeat of February's wolf hunt, in which hunters blew past the 119-wolf quota and killed 218 wolves in less than three days.
🗽 They're baaaaaaaaack.
- More than a year after being torn down during protests, the "Forward" and Hans Christian Heg statues have returned to the state capitol. "Forward" sits at the top of State Street and Heg (an abolitionist who died the Civil War) is located on the opposite corner, at the top of King Street.
- If you'll recall: The statues were torn down with chains last summer in the midst of ongoing police brutality protests and after the arrest of local a Black Lives Matter activist. Many protesters argue that the statues represent a false sense of forward progress.
- Related: The empty honorings of "Forward" (Via Tone Madison)
The "Forward" statue sits at the top of State Street in front of the Capitol steps. Image via Reddit user Posted u/kenfagerdotcom.
💉 MMSD has laid out their plan for vaccinating employees.
- The Madison School Board directed district officials last month to create a plan that would require all Madison Metropolitan School District employees, contractors, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1.
- The Cap Times reports that Madison Teachers Inc. and several Madison-area state lawmakers support the plan, and the school board is likely to vote on it next week.
🏥 State Sen. Andre Jacque is out of the hospital.
- The lawmaker has been in the hospital for more than a month with COVID-19. It's unclear whether he was vaccinated before falling ill, but after days in the hospital, his wife made a PSA to get vaccinated.
🍎 The Willy Street Co-op is in hot water after a customer said and an employee made racist comments to her.
- In a Facebook post, Dezarae House said she went to the Willy Street location of the co-op to pick up a quick breakfast when an employee told her “Don’t make a habit of coming in here,” and “you can’t pay for that with food stamps.”
- The store has apologized for the incident and is investigating the matter, Madison365 reports.
👮 Look both ways for cops before crossing the street.
- UWPD took to Facebook to announce their increased presence on University Avenue. Police say pedestrians are "dangerously and illegally crossing" the street. The cops will be stationed between Charter and Mills streets, ready to give out warnings and potentially fines to pedestrians.
⚾ Sports, sports, sports.
- The Brewers took a 2-1 L against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The Milwaukee team has secured a playoff spot and but still needs three more wins to clinch the division.
- The Badgers will take on Notre Dame in a hotly anticipated game this weekend. Tickets are looking nearly impossible to get, so here's how you can tune into the game at home. ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast from Soldier Field in the hours before the game.
🎟️ Your lunchtime read: Why More Wisconsin Venues Require Covid Vaccinations to Withstand the Delta Wave.
- From PBS Wisconsin, reporter Will Cushman takes a dive into how the pandemic has drastically changed the live entertainment industry and how Wisconsin venues are working to keep their doors open safely.
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
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