Good morning, Madison!

It's Thursday. What's up Thursday.

If you're a cat person you'll want to read this next part.

City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to ban cat declawing in Madison.

The ordinance was introduced in September by Ald. Lindsay Lemmer, District 3, and garnered support from a number of groups locally and nationally, including the Madison Cat Project and the Humane Society of the United States. Removing a cat's claw is essentially the equivalent of severing a person's finger at the first knuckle.

“Today, every cat in Madison lands on its feet as we set an example for the rest of the state​ and join the numerous cities throughout the country that have already banned this archaic practice,” Lemmer said in a statement.

— Hayley


🚑 Wisconsin hospitals are so overwhelmed they're turning to FEMA for help.

🖋️ Longtime Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach will not seek re-election.

💻 City Council meetings will stay virtual, despite what the mayor wants.

👮 Speaking of City Council, police body-worn cameras are back up for debate.

🎨 Have you been to Dark Horse ArtBar yet?

🎲 Goodbye PoweNine Games, hello Gamer’s Library.

  • After 20 years in its current location, Power Nine Games will close its doors and re-open at a new location on the 400 block of State Street with the name Gamer's Library, The Badger Herald reports.
  • The change was sparked in part by the departure of the store's owner. Renovation on the new location is set to begin in the coming weeks with the hope of opening in February 2022. The new space will include accessibility upgrades and will host Magic the Gathering events, Dungeons and Dragons games, and weekly board game nights.

🏀 Badger men's basketball made a dramatic comeback to take down the Indiana Hoosiers.

⛵ The city is in a race against time to get a stranded boat out of Lake Monona.

🧑‍⚕️ Your lunchtime read: Madison school nurses adjust to pandemic challenges.

  • From the Cap Times: "School nurses have been on the front lines of the pandemic as schools reopened. While their responsibilities can differ slightly by school district and even school buildings, many are tasked with contact tracing, new administrative duties and telling families their lives are about to be interrupted for the next 10 days."
  • Related: COVID cases in Madison schools reach semester high over past week (Cap Times)

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.2%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.7%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.


📅 Events: Thursday, Dec. 9

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(Header image courtesy of Hayley Sperling, that's my cat Billie Jo 😻)