Happy Tuesday, Madison.
Where were you in 2008 when rapper T-Pain famously rhymed "mansion" with "Wisconsin"?
The king of late-aughts autotune recently announced his "Road to Wiscansin" tour, fulfilling many of my middle school dreams in the process.
The tour takes the "Bartender" rapper across the nation, ultimately ending up in Milwaukee for "Wiscansin Fest" aka, a show at the Rave.
While it's a bit of a disappointment to only see one Wisconsin stop on a namesake tour, T-Pain is fully committed to his "Wiscansin" bit, going as far as creating the fictional Wiscansin University, of which he is the dean. Notable alumni include just about everyone T-Pain has collaborated with, from Lil Wayne and Kanye West, to Lily Allen and Mary J. Blige. (And yes, of course, there's merch.)
Whether you like his music or not, you have to respect such a well-executed tour theme. Though I have a feeling it's only a matter of time before the *real* University of Wisconsin has something to say about logo usage.
💉 Updated vaccine hours at Alliant.
- As the demand for Covid-19 vaccines wanes in Dane County, Public Health Madison & Dane County announced new hours for their vaccine clinic at the Alliant Energy Center. Starting this week, vaccines are available — by appointment only — at the following times: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Related: Vaccine demand slows in Dane Co. as COVID-19 cases fall, but PHMDC not worried about doses going to waste (Channel 3000)
🏫 Madison West is ending its Latin program.
- As a result of staffing cuts, the Madison Metropolitan School District will lose its only Latin program next year, the Cap Times reports.
- Madison West High School will lose 6.1 full-time equivalent positions in the 2022-23 school year and the district's sole Latin teacher is among those on the chopping block. The cuts are a result of two years of declining enrollment at West.
🔍 “We are here to get some answers."
- The family and supporters of Quadren Wilson went to the Capitol building Monday to deliver letters to lawmakers demanding justice and answers as the investigation into Wilson’s arrest continues.
- Letters were addressed to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Rep. Shelia Stubbs. They demanded, among other things, more transparency and information in the investigation.
- Some context: Wilson was shot five times in the back during an arrest Feb. 3. Wilson underwent surgery for his injuries and was quickly transferred to a Dane County jail, where he's been for the past month. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Wilson's shooting. According to Channel 3000, Wilson has been charged with delivering fentanyl to a person who later died, he was unarmed at the time of arrest.
“We are here to get some answers. It’s been 34 days and we haven’t heard nothing. Been treated like nothing and we are just here to get some answers." — Mane Morris, Quadren Wilson's father
💸 Centro Hispano is eyeing a new South Side headquarters thanks to a $4.8 million grant.
- Centro Hispano of Dane County is one of five Madison community projects to receive money from the State’s Neighborhood Investment Fund. Centro is the leading organization serving the county's Latinx community.
- The $4.8 million grant will be invested in building a new facility for the nonprofit, Madison365 reports.
- The investment fund — which totals nearly $21 million — will also provide resources for the Bayview Foundation’s housing and community center, Madison Public Market, Urban League of Greater Madison’s Black Business Hub, and the Center for Black Excellence and Culture.
🐺 A bi-partisan effort to end wolf protections.
- Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation this week that would end protections for gray wolves across most of the country.
- As the Wisconsin Examiner reports, the goal of the bill is to return wolf populations management to states. Both Johnson and Baldwin contend the state's wolf population is at a level that doesn't warrant federal protection, so management should go back to the state.
- The bigger picture: Without mincing words, wolves are a controversial subject in Wisconsin. Late last year, a Dane County judge ruled Wisconsin couldn’t hold a hunt because the DNR had never established permanent rules to guide it. Later, a federal judge in California restored protections for gray wolves in most of the country. Both moves were considered wins for conservationists opposed to wolf hunts in the state.
🍦 Ice cream with a cause.
- Ice Cream Social is opening this Friday (March 11) at 2421 University Ave.
- The shop serves up scoops of ice cream with a twist of social justice. Proceeds from weekly ice cream sales go to organizations in the Madison community "fighting for social and racial equity."
🇺🇦 Your lunchtime watch: Ukrainian expat in Wisconsin connects with a friend in Kyiv.
- From PBS Wisconsin: "A Madison resident born in Kyiv who connects with a close family friend remaining in Ukraine while his family flees the Russian invasion."
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.5%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.2%
- 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.
- Request an at-home testing kit from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
- Where to pick up free masks from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
- Where to Buy N95s, KN95s, and Surgical-Style Masks in 2022 (Wirecutter)
- What to Do if You are Sick or Possibly Exposed (PHMDC)