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Good morning, Madison.

One quick housekeeping note: There will be no newsletter this Thursday or Friday morning. (Don't worry, you'll still get an events email on Sunday.) Sam and I would like to take the holiday weekend to enjoy time with our respective families and simply because everyone needs a little vacation now and then!

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Now let's get to the news.

— Hayley


🚨 Multiple are dead and dozens injured after a car plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha Sunday.

⚖️ Community members speak out after Rittenhouse verdict.

"We are so proud of Anthony, and we love him so much. He is a hero who sacrificed his own life to protect innocent civilians. We ask that you remember Anthony and keep him in your prayers." — John Huber and Karen Bloom

🏒 The winners and losers of Wisconsin sports.

💉 The Madison Children's Museum is offering COVID-19 vaccines and free playtime today.

  • All vaccines are free and available for children ages 5–11. The shots will be available today from 1-7 p.m. and again Dec. 13. Following their vaccinations, children are welcome to take advantage of free playtime on the museum’s second floor.

🔔 The United Way of Dane County needs volunteers this holiday season.

🏠 Residents have begun moving from "unsafe" Reindahl Park into city-sponsored tiny homes.

🚌 PSA: Metro transit will have some schedule changes this week.

  • On Thursday, 11/25 buses will follow holiday schedules. And on Friday, 11/26 buses will follow Saturday schedules. You can get all of the route details here.

🍕 Your lunchtime read: When a portal hides in plain sight.

  • From Tone Madison: "[T]he Regent Street Rocky Rococo's is an experience. When you walk into this particular Rocky's, you'll find some old novelty quarter machines, ready to distribute temporary tattoos, bouncy balls, and other trinkets. But if you look up, you'll see a fully-furnished bar hiding in the back corner. You'll find your eyes drawn up to a large marble mural of a bare-breasted pizza maven and a curved, flowing figure sharing in the mural's centerpiece: a pan pizza. [...] Kitschy, Mad Magazine-esque cartoons dot the pizzeria's perimeter, lovingly framed and perfectly attuned to the store's unapologetic boldness."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.9%

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.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.


📅 Events: Monday, Nov. 22

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