UP: Madison Teachers Inc. The teachers union settles a longstanding staffing dispute with the Madison School District and comes out on top. Under the agreement, the district will reinstate Boyce Hodge as West High School's athletic director and boys basketball coach, and will hire full-time athletic directors for the other three high schools. The district had cut the union positions to save $113,000.
DOWN: Channel 3. WISC-TV recently hired former lawmaker Chuck Chvala as a commentator despite his felony convictions for misconduct in office; such big hearts! But it lost no time severing ties to sports guy George Johnson - Madison's most prominent African American TV personality - for mouthing off to the cops over a traffic citation. Yes, Johnson was rude and crude, using the n-word and making obviously idle threats. On the other hand, he was promptly apologetic and contrite. Which is more than anyone can say about Chvala.