Skating to success

Morning update: Thursday, Aug. 25

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Skating to success
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Good morning, Madison!

From the Kohl Center to the Beijing world stage, former University of Wisconsin hockey forward Sarah Nurse is leaving her mark on the sports world.

Nurse, who helped the Badgers reach four straight NCAA Frozen Fours from 2014 to 2017, will make history as the first woman to be featured on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL video game, NHL 23.

The former Badger set the record for most points and most assists in a single Olympics tournament in Beijing while playing for team Canada earlier this year, Channel 3000 reports. Go team!

— Hayley

🎨 MMoCA leaders are standing by their staff.

🚰 The city wants to raise water rates.

  • The Madison Water Utility has filed an application increase water rates, citing an increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2020.
  • If the rate increase request is approved, the average residential customer with a ⅝-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 4,000 gallons of water a month will see and increase from $29.92 to $34.92, or 16.71%.
  • The rate increase does not apply to sewer, storms water, landfill, resource recovery or urban forestry services.

🚫 The Dane County YMCA is putting several of its after-school programs on hiatus.

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✨ Preserving part of the Greenbush neighborhood.

  • Owner of Budget Bicycle Shops Roger Charly is spending $400,000 to preserve the bright yellow building that was home to Franco Shoe Repair for more than four decades.
  • The 600-square-foot yellow Trachte building at 1213 Regent St. doesn't have a tenant yet but Charly wanted to save the space from becoming another "cookie cutter" apartment building on the isthmus, the State Journal reports. Charly is hopeful a barbershop or tattoo parlor can begin operating in the space by the end of the year.

💇🏾‍♀️ Back to school braids.

  • Local business Binken’s African Braids has been offering its braiding services for free for kids ahead of the new school year. Braiding can be hard to find in Madison and expensive. Binken's owner Ndey Binta Sarr told Channel 3000 she wanted to provide free braids to help alleviate some of the financial stress that comes with starting a new school year.
  • For information on Binken’s African Braids' free braiding program, check out their Facebook page.
"When I’m working on their hair, we talk about life. Braiding is therapy and I enjoy it." — Ndey Binta Sarr, owner of Binken’s African Braids

🏥 Your lunchtime read: Healing the health care gap in Dane County.

  • Via Madison Magazine: "It can take on many forms in a hospital room. Dismissive and disrespectful attitudes. Longer wait times. Stereotypes about unhealthy lifestyles and diets. Assumptions about insurance that sometimes affect prescriptions.

    It can range from disheartening inconveniences, like not having culturally appropriate personal care items, to dangerous outcomes, like a misdiagnosis or a recommendation for an unnecessary surgery such as a hysterectomy.

    These are all examples of responses from a recent National Institutes of Health study. At a place where people go for help — often in times of great illness — racism, racial inequality and health care disparities exist, especially for Black patients."

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