Till the cows come home

Morning update: Friday, Sept. 30

Till the cows come home
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Gooooood morning, Madison!

Buckle up, y'all because this weekend marks the start of one of the city's biggest events: the World Dairy Expo.

The annual event brings floods of people and animals to the isthmus for a week of events. The whole thing kicks off Sunday, Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 7 (side note: how did we make it to October already?!).

Expect plenty of traffic — especially near the Alliant Energy Center, where the event is held — and of course, plenty of cows.

— Hayley


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🚨 UWPD arrested a man on hate crime charges after several incidents at a dorm.

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📚 The families and staff of Sennett Middle School have questions.

  • If you'll recall: Earlier this week the Madison Metropolitan School District announced the departure of Sennett Middle School Principal Dr. Jeffery Copeland. He had only been on the job for a month.
  • Dozens of people attended Wednesday’s board meeting asking for answers and arguing for Copeland’s reinstatement. The State Journal reports staff are aware of why Copeland left, "but have been asked not to share details with the media." Staff at the meeting lauded Copeland’s leadership and shared many compliments of his short tenure.
  • Two former MMSD school leaders will serve as co-interim principals for the rest of the school year.
  • Related: 19 MMSD schools to have new principals this fall (Cap Times)

💰 DAIS just got a big boost.

  • The county has set aside $1 million of its 2023 budget to fund emergency services for domestic abuse victims through Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS). The nonprofit is based in Madison and serves Dane County. The group advocates for people affected by domestic violence through support, education, and outreach.
  • DAIS also announced a new 24/7 domestic abuse text line that allows victims of abuse to get help silently. The confidential line is open now and gives those living in abusive situations a potential way to reach out for help.
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☎️ Don't fall for rent scams.

  • The Madison Police Department has been "inundated" with calls from renters who had been conned into sending money to people claiming to be landlords for apartments that were either already rented or didn't even exist.
  • Their recommendation: Do your research, people. Meet people in person, when possible. Read online reviews. Madison can be a tricky town for renting and if a listing seems too good to be true, it probably is.

📰 Meet Tone Madison's new politics editor.

🥨 Your lunchtime read: Early in the pandemic, people needed food. 3,000 families and $1 million later, The Snack Sack is doing a lot more.

  • Via Madison365: "When the pandemic shut things down in March 2020, Chamieka House-Osuya’s first thought was her students. She was working in Milwaukee Public Schools administration at the time, and had spent years working with students with special emotional and behavioral needs.

    'I immediately thought about the kids that I used to serve at that school' when Governor Tony Evers announced the closure of schools across Wisconsin, she told Madison365. 'A lot of our students rely on meals from school. They need their meals from school or they’re not eating… I was like what can I do from the safety of my own home and keeping other people safe to help bridge the gap?

    She and a friend jumped into action, creating The Snack Sack – bags of food, delivered to families, purchased through donations."
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