🌨️ Today's weather: Cloudy and rainy. High: 71° Low: 54°

Good morning, Madison.

The news has been heavy lately. Here's your general reminder that it's ok to take a break and unplug from the discourse.

On the lighter side of things, the Madison Fire Department helped save a (seemingly pretty grumpy) cat from a tree earlier this week.

Images va MFD Facebook

Reportedly, the "curious kitty ventured up the tree over the weekend and never came down." Thankfully, firefighters were able to bring out their big ladders, snag the cat from the tree, and return the furry explorer to its home unharmed.

We love a happy ending.

— Hayley


💔 Local leaders react to the deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school.

🏫 East High School's former principal will serve as the next principal of Capital High.

  • Sean Leavy currently works as a director at Madison Metropolitan School District. Prior to that, he served as principal of East High School but left the position in October following protests at the school by students who felt his response to alleged sexual assaults was inadequate.
  • NBC15 reports Leavy will start his new role as principal of Madison’s Capital High School in the 2022-23 school year.

🗳️ Shakeups on the state's Elections Commission.

🎨 Madison Arts Commission awarded $450,000 in grants to support “Artists at Work.”

  • The city announced the recipients of its "Artists at Work" grants Wednesday. The program is meant to. "encourage non-profit organizations to generate, reinstate, and create arts industry jobs."
  • Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 and were awarded to more than 20 local organizations.
Olbrich Gardens' Thai Pavilion. Image via City of Madison

🗒️ City events and meetings of note.

  • Town of Madison attachment meeting: The city will hold an in-person public information meeting involving the Town of Madison attachment at the Penn Park shelter on June 9 at 6 p.m. The meeting is meant to help Town of Madison residents "understand all of the changes they will see when they become part of the City of Madison later this year." The meeting will have interpreters in Spanish, free food, and child care.
  • Olbrich Royal Thai Pavilion rehabilitation meeting: The Royal Thai Pavilion at Olbrich Gardens is in need of some fixing. The City and Olbrich Botanical Gardens will host a virtual public information meeting June 1 at 6 p.m. to share more about the efforts to rehabilitate the pavilion. Prior registration is required.
  • Electronics recycling event: Universal Recycling Technologies is hosting a free one-day-only electronics recycling event. So gather up all of those old TVs, monitors, printers, and cell phones taking up space in your junk drawer and bring them to Warner Park June 4 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Big book sale: Several library Friends' groups are pooling their inventory together for a huge sale of used and donated books. The sale will be held June 4, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the Madison Public Library Service & Support Center (1301 W. Badger Road).

🔬 A new investigation has revealed a 'toxic work environment’ in the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

  • Wisconsin Watch published a new investigation Wednesday chronicling allegations from staff at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office that two top bosses created a hostile work environment through "bullying, screaming and insults."
  • Twelve current and former employees told the investigative outlet they regularly endured toxicity from longtime operations director Barry Irmen and chief medical examiner Dr. Agnieszka Rogalska.
  • The alleged toxicity spoiled the medical examiner's office's working relationship with other counties and contributed to some former employees' suicidal thoughts.

🎓 Your lunchtime read: The first doctors of Indigenous education have graduated from UW-Green Bay. Here's what they plan to do next.

  • From the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "In creating the program, academic researchers conducted listening sessions with everyone from high school students to elders in each of the tribal communities in Wisconsin to learn what should be focused on.

    'This program is grounded in renewal of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being,' said Dr. Lisa Poupart, director of the program. 'It’s about that connection to all living things … and living in balance.'"

📅 Events

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