Let's get a little nostalgic
Morning Update: Thursday, July 7
Good morning, Madison!
Here's a little #throwback for your Thursday.
The city has been uploading some vintage advertisements to its YouTube channel this week. The ads, which originally aired more than 15 years ago, spread the good word of recycling and educate folks on how to properly use the new-at-the-time bins.
If you're in need of a little laugh this morning, check out "Superheroes of Recycling & Garbage" and "Using Your Carts Right."
💔 Madison's connection to the Highland Park shooting.
- Some context: A gunman opened fire on a crowd watching a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, IL, killing seven and injuring more than 30 people. The suspect, 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, has confessed to the crimes and is currently being held in jail without bond.
- Another attack: New evidence shows Crimo drove to Madison after the Highland Park shooting and “seriously contemplated” carrying out another attack at a celebration in town (its unclear which celebration he considered targeting).
- Lake County Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said at a press conference Crimo ultimately didn't carry out a second attack in Madison because "he hadn't put enough thought or research into it."
- MPD Chief Shon Barnes said his department was contacted by the FBI Monday evening and told to have a SWAT team ready. NBC15 reports while the team was gathering their gear and awaiting further information from the FBI, they learned the suspect had been arrested in Lake Forrest, IL.
- Related: Organizers of Madison-area July 4 events react to news that accused Highland Park shooter considered attack here (Wisconsin State Journal)
📨 Don't be surprised if you get a letter from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
- The state agency will mail roughly 178,500 postcards to eligible voters who are not yet registered to vote.
- WPR reports the postcards will be sent out Friday and encourage recipients to register to vote online (but the postcards themselves do not include a voter registration form).
- In Wisconsin, you can register to vote online, by mail, at a city clerk's office, or at your polling place on Election Day.
- Not sure if you're registered to vote? You can check your status and get the need-to-know for the next election here.
🚔 UWPD is pursuing hate crime charges following an incident on the Lakeshore Path.
- According to a UW-Madison Police Department incident report, a UW-Madison staff member of Asian descent was running on the Lakeshore Path the morning of July 4 when "a man yelled a racial slur from inside a vehicle." The man then got out of the car and approached the staff member who was able to flee on foot.
- UWPD was able to locate the vehicle and the suspect, a 28-year-old man from Illinois who reportedly has no ties to the university.
- UWPD issued a disorderly conduct citation to the suspect and is referring the charges with a requested hate crime enhancer to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.
🖥️ City Council is trying to make its meetings more accessible.
- The city rolled out its new hybrid meeting format Wednesday. Now, meetings will be held both in person at the City-County Building and online through Zoom.
- In these new hybrid meetings, public comments can be made either in-person or virtually (if you register online first).
- Council meetings will still be viewable live and on-demand via the Madison City Channel, the city website, and the city’s YouTube channel.
📢 M Adams is leaving Freedom Inc.
- After 14 years with the organization, M Adams is stepping down from her role as co-executive director of Freedom, Inc.
- “FI has been my political home, an incubator to my radical visioning, and my vehicle of practice in struggling toward the North Star,” Adams wrote in a farewell note to the organization.
- The State Journal reports founder and current co-director Kabzuag Vaj, will continue serving as executive director of Freedom, Inc.
✏️ Did you catch yesterday's Google doodle?
- Wednesday's Google Doodle featured a tribute to Charlie Hill, a UW-Madison alum from Oneida made famous for his barrier-breaking standup career.
- Hill made his first network appearance on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977 and went on to appear on The Tonight Show with its various hosts and Late Night with David Letterman. He was the first Native American stand-up comedian to appear on national television.
- According to the Google Doodle blog, the drawing was created by Alanah Astehtsi Otsistohkwa (Morningstar) Jewell, a French-First Nations artist of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.
- Hill died of lymphoma in 2013. Wednesday would have been his 71 birthday.
🥕 Your lunchtime read: What’s next for the Dane County Farmers’ Market?
- Via Wisconsin Examiner: "The Dane County Farmers’ Market, widely praised as one of the best markets in the nation, marks its 50th anniversary this fall. It will be a time of well-earned celebration for the DCFM but tempered by the reality of change.
Reeling from 15 months of COVID-19 safety disruptions, the market seemed almost normal when it returned unfettered in April to its picturesque Saturday-morning setting on Madison’s impressive Capitol Square.
Except it wasn’t like old times."
Movies on the Water: Planes (2013) & Top Gun (1986)
5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | The Edgewater | Free
Edgewater is showing movies every Thursday night through August 25. From Planes IMDb: "A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race." From Top Gun IMDb: "As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom."
Concerts on the Rooftop: One of the Boyzz
Show at 7 p.m. | Monona Terrace | Free ticket required
This band pays homage to “Rock Greats” with covers and also plays some original songs as well.
- Real Talk: A Stand-up and Storytelling Event
- Friday Evening Classical Guitars: Christopher Allen, Matthew Ackerman
- Baby Tyler, Vombom, Soot
(Header image via Screenshot via City of Madison)