Traffic, (another) Ald. resigns, Bucks lose

Morning Update: Monday, May 16

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Traffic, (another) Ald. resigns, Bucks lose

☀️ Today's weather: Pleasantly mild. High: 74° Low: 47°

Good morning, Madison!

It's Monday, the sun is shining, and my windows are open because it's so frickin' nice out. Let's dive right into today's newsletter so we can all get outside as soon as humanly possible.

— Hayley

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🚦 Traffic notes: Eastbound University Avenue.

  • During off-peak hours today and all day tomorrow, Eastbound University Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Tomahawk Trail.
  • The city says to expect travel delays during the morning and afternoon rush hour and if you can use another route tomorrow, you should.

🏢 Another Madison alder has announced their resignation.

  • District 11 Alder Arvina Martin is resigning early from City Council.
  • The west-side alder made the announcement late last week. Her last day will be May 25. As a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Martin was the first Indigenous person elected to the Madison City Council.
  • In a statement, Martin wrote she is leaving her post in local government to focus her attention on her family as well as her new job as executive director of Emerge Wisconsin, an organization that helps train Democratic women to run for office.
  • The bigger picture: Martin is the third Madison alder to announce their resignation this month. Ald. Lindsay Lemmer's last day is May 24 and Ald. Christian Albouras is leaving May 20.
Image by Hayley Sperling

✊ Hundreds rallied for abortion rights over the weekend.

  • Roughly 1,500 people gathered around the Wisconsin State Capitol for a pro-choice rally Saturday.
  • Many of the state's top Democratic lawmakers showed up to voice their support for reproductive rights. “We cannot turn our back on the clock of reproductive health care access by five decades…. We will not go back. We’re going to fight like hell," Gov. Tony Evers told the crowd.
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin organized the event, which was expected to draw as many as 20,000 people. The rally was part of the nationwide “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest, which calls on state governments to repeal their laws that would outlaw abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

🍼 A look at the local impact of the nation's baby formula shortage.

🏀 And just like that, the Bucks are done.

  • After falling short at home in Game 6, the Bucks hoped to seal the deal Sunday in Game 7 to advance in the NBA playoffs. Unfortunately, the team couldn't make it happen. The Bucks lost 109-81, ending their playoff dreams and season.
  • Following Game 6 on Friday, shooting broke out in Milwaukee's Deer District where more than 10,000 fans gathered to watch the game. At least 21 people were injured in three separate shootings, PBS Wisconsin reports. All are expected to survive. In response, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced an emergency 11 p.m. curfew the following day, which ended this morning.

👕 Stinky flower: gone but never forgotten.

  • It came, it stank, and then it left. So long!
  • Buy your shirt here. The proceeds will be split between Olbrich Botanical Gardens and local artist Jess Draws (aka bumblechub).

⚾ The Black Men’s Coalition of Dane County is launching a free youth baseball league.

  • Youth baseball leagues across the country have a diversity problem stemming in part from the cost-prohibitive nature of the sport. From equipment to travel and uniform fees, it can be expensive to play ball. BMCDC founder and president Corey Marionneaux is looking to make the sport more accessible for kids in the Dane County community.
  • The league, as Madison365 reports, will be free to play in and also provide players with equiptment and transportation to practices and games. Teams will practice once a week and games will take place on weekends at Elver Park from June through August.
  • While the league is focused on recruiting Black youth, it’s open to kids of all races and ethnicities (and genders!).
  • Learn more and sign up for the league here.

🎓 Your lunchtime read: Her dad’s life sentence led her to law school. She graduated – and he’s free.

  • From Cap Times: "Teeanna Brisco, 24, has been planning for a career in law since third grade. It was her own idea, but her parents, who had separated when she was little, both encouraged her, pushing her to keep her grades up.

    But while her mom, Tina Jeremiason, met with Teeanna’s teachers and checked her homework at their Madison home, her dad, Bernard Brisco, did all his encouraging from federal prison."

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