Morning Update: Tuesday, Feb. 15

Happy Tuesday, Madison!

Today isn't any ordinary Tuesday. Today is the birthday of Madison's favorite son, Chris Farley.

For those who don't know, Farley was an American actor and comedian born in Madison and made famous on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. (He studied theatre and communications at Marquette University.) He later went on to star in films, playing the titular role in Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, and Wayne's World, among other 1990s bangers.

Sadly, in 1997 Farley died at 33. And though his time was short, his local impact was lasting, the comedian is buried  at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery on Madison's West Side.

— Hayley

😷 Dane County's mask mandate will end March 1.

🏨 A developer wants to turn Rubin's Furniture into an extended-stay hotel.

🎶 Speaking of retail shakeups, Sugar Shack Records will close in April.

💸 The county is getting $3.2 million in state funding to upgrade the Alliant Energy Center.

🗳️ Conservative blogger David Blaska has entered the race for Madison School Board.

  • Blaska is joining the race as a write-in candidate and will take on incumbent candidate Ali Muldrow — whom he lost to in 2019 — for seat 4.
  • As the Cap Times reports, Blaska is a former Dane County Supervisor and longtime critic of the Madison School Board.

🏘️ Your lunchtime read: Tiny homes, big dreams: How some activists are reimagining shelter for the homeless.

  • From NPR: "Tucked inside a residential neighborhood in Madison, Wis., and surrounded by a wooden fence and greenery, are nine little houses. With multicolored siding and roofs, they look like people-sized birdhouses. And they fit right in. So does Gene Cox, 48. He hasn't been homeless in more than seven years. That's the point of this little development."

📻 WSUM 91.7 cofounder Dave Black has died.

  • The station announced Monday the beloved co-founder and longtime general manager has died at 66. Black retired in September 2021 after 26 years leading the radio station. Read more about his legacy in this Cap Times piece.

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 63.6%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 87.1%


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

📅 Events: Tuesday, Feb. 15