Morning Update: Friday, Nov. 5

Morning Update: Friday, Nov. 5

Thoughts on high school football, Your Honor?

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Happy Friday.

I'm already thinking about the next events post, which will be published Sunday. Do you know about something cool happening soon? Share it with me here.

- Sam

💉 Let the vaccinations begin!

  • Local children ages 5 to 11 are being vaccinated after the CDC and state officials recently gave the needed approvals for the Pfizer vaccine.  Channel 3000 reports that SSM Health booked over 3,000 vaccination appointments within 12 hours of the CDC's announcement.
  • Journalists from the Cap Times were on hand to witness some of the first vaccinations in the area. The kids are excited to be able to do more activities outside the house. Parents are excited, too. “This is better than Christmas, right?”
  • If other vaccination stats are any indication, vaccinations in this age group will ramp up over the coming weeks. In Dane County, 77.6% of kids aged 12 to 15 are vaccinated and 81.8% of 17 and 18-year-olds are vaccinated.

🚨 A local man has been charged in a hate crime incident against a UW student, the Daily Cardinal reports.

  • Police say that a student of Asian descent was walking home when Madison resident Gary Stephens slapped a phone out of their hand and used a racial slur.
  • The incident is part of a surge in anti-Asian incidents on campus since the beginning of the pandemic.

🧀 AD: Food for Thought: Edible Madison Hosts Tasty Virtual Events for Cozy Nights.

  • The Cheese Course Winter Issue Release Party on Wednesday, Nov. 17 will explore cheese course pairings that make your tastebuds dance with Landmark Creamery's Anna Thomas Bates, featuring cheese from three notable Wisconsin women cheesemakers. Event is free, with tasting kits available for purchase.
  • Edible Madison brings a film festival award winner to our couch with a virtual screening of The Ants & The Grasshopper on Wednesday, Dec 1st — presented to Edible Communities nationwide, in partnership with the founders of Muloma Heritage Center. Grab your popcorn and enjoy a discussion with filmmaker Zak Piper and Muloma Founders, including Chefs Mashama Bailey, Adrian Lipscombe and Tonya Davis, on the connection of climate to kitchen and their work to preserve and protect Black foodways.
  • Be the first to know what the Edible team is cooking up next. Sign up for their newsletter, The Beet.

🏈 Edgewood High School is taking the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association to court for removing its football team from the state playoffs.

  • The school and the league disagree about whether one of the team's players was eligible to play in games this season. That's why the private high school was booted from the playoffs.
  • The whole situation is pretty technical and involves discussion of two different kinds of waivers. A judge will have to sort through everything later this morning. That decision will affect who plays in the game scheduled for Saturday.

🗺️ Are all these conversations about redistricting and maps feeling a bit... abstract?

  • For those of us who need visuals to really understand what's going on, there's this State Journal graphic showing the map proposals. You can toggle between the current maps and different proposals made by Governor Tony Evers and Republicans in the state legislature.
  • Related: People’s Maps Commission unveils proposal, Evers promises to veto Republican maps (Wisconsin Examiner)

👀 Have you seen Madison365’s list of most influential Asian American leaders?

🚗 West Washington is open again!

⏰ Heads up: daylight saving time ends Sunday.

  • (That means we set our clocks back an hour.)
  • It's time to start bracing ourselves for shorter days and longer nights. Winter is coming.

🐈 What do you think this cat is trying to tell us? ChiChi definitely has something to say.

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55.2%

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.

NEW: Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅 Weekend events:

Friday, Nov. 5

Saturday, Nov. 6

Sunday, Nov. 7