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Morning update: Thursday, July 21

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Gooooooooood morning, friends.

Here's a little throwback for your Thursday. On this day in 1972, George Carlin was arrested for profanity after performing his famous "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" bit at Summerfest.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the comedian was slapped with disorderly conduct charges after he left the stage.

Ultimately, the charges were dropped. But not before a record of Carlin's "seven words" routine was played in the courtroom, bringing laughter from spectators, court officials, and the judge himself.

— Hayley

🛍️ Which businesses are opening, closing, and moving around town.

🏘️ The city has approved a low-cost housing project on the east side.

  • City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a Madison nonprofit’s plan for a $70 million low-cost housing project on East Washington Ave.
  • The State Journal reports the nonprofit Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp. will buy the 6.4-acre former Bimbo Bakeries USA property (3401 E. Washington Ave.) and create 245 subsidized apartments spread across four buildings. The property will also have commercial space, a small park, and parking.
  • Construction is likely to start in spring 2023.

✒️ Gov. Tony Evers has filed a lawsuit against 18 companies for PFAS contamination.

  • Wisconsin's governor and Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 18 companies seeking punitive damages as well as reimbursement for the costs of investigations, cleanup, and remediation of PFAS contamination in the state.
  • The lawsuit alleges the companies, which include heavy hitters like 3M, Tyco Fire Products LP, and BASF Corporation, "knew or should have known that their products would have a dangerous impact on the public’s health and environment," AP reports.
  • Some context: PFAS contamination is a widespread problem in Wisconsin. PFAS is an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances and are often called "forever chemicals" because they don’t degrade naturally. The chemicals are used as coatings to protect consumer goods from stains, water, and corrosion (think nonstick pans and food packaging). The chemicals have also been used in firefighting foams. Consuming PFAS is known to cause health problems in humans.
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🔌 Can Madison’s charging infrastructure keep up with the rise of electric vehicles?

  • At a time when gas prices are reaching record highs, consumers across the country are switching to electric vehicles at a record pace. Electric vehicle (EV) ownership is up nearly 20% in Wisconsin from September 2021.
  • But, like all cars, EVs still need a power source and not every car can charge at every station since there are multiple plug types for charging. To help mitigate this issue, the city and Madison Gas and Electric are working to expand Madison's EV charging infrastructure, Cap Times reports.
  • So far, MGE has installed a comprehensive DC fast charging station on the corner of East Washington Avenue and South Livingston Street where Teslas — which have their own type of plugs — and other EVs can charge up in the same spot. But since most EV charging happens at home, the biggest demand for charging stations is in residential buildings. The cost of installation, however, is a barrier for many and poses one of the biggest challenges to expanding EV use and accessibility.

⚖️ The Madison musician accused by 13 women of grooming won't face charges.

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📚 A bit of good news: The Madison Reading Project gave away its 300,000th book.

“The start of our organization was in part to help address the disparity in literacy levels of children in Madison and Dane county,” Childs told the magazine. “There are still large discrepancies yet today, and we continue to strive to work with many community partners, schools, teachers and families, towards making a difference and helping instill a love of reading.”

🛼 Your lunchtime read: After a COVID pause, Madison Roller Derby returns to local game play.

  • Via Cap Times: "The fierce, fast-flying players of Madison Roller Derby will mark their return to local play this Thursday at 6 p.m. in an exhibition game at the Dane County Fair.

    Physicist Elizabeth Holden, known to her teammates as Auntie Matter, has been itching for this moment since COVID-19 put a pause on play in March 2020.

    'The best decision I've ever made was marrying my husband, who — sidenote — is now an on-skates referee,' she said during a practice at Fast Forward Skate Center. 'But the second best decision I've ever made was joining roller derby.'

    As Lindsay Robl, aka Lou Evil Slugger, likes to say, 'It's the most fun I have with my clothes on.'
  • Related: PHOTOS: Madison Roller Derby laces back up (Cap Times)

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