The terms of a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement against the Overture Center and its former director, Robert D'Angelo, are released. The city agrees to pay $235,000 to settle the suit brought by former receptionist Monica Everson. Everson gets $90,188; her attorneys get the rest.
Nicole Y.S. Becker, 21, is sentenced to two years' probation and has her driver's license suspended for six months. Becker pleaded no contest to eluding police for an incident last September when she drove through a crowd after a Badger football game and hit two police officers directing traffic. Becker was working as a liquor company representative at the time.
A 16-year-old boy dies of an apparent heroin overdose on Madison's west side. Officials say it's part of an alarming trend, as heroin locally has become cheap and easily available.
The state Supreme Court votes 4-3 to adopt a rule that says judges do not have to recuse themselves from cases involving their campaign donors. Let the bidding begin!
The state's Department of Natural Resources approves a permit allowing the Rosendale Dairy in Fond du Lac County to increase from 4,000 to 8,000 cows, making it the largest dairy farm in the state.
A chatty 23-year-old man waiting in line at a food cart on State Street early in the morning is knocked unconscious by another patron who apparently found his comments annoying.
The State Journal reports that developer Terrence Wall, a Republican candidate for Russ Feingold's U.S. Senate seat, did not pay individual state income taxes in nine of the past 10 years.
Jury selection begins in the trial of James Koepp, 50, who is accused of killing Danyetta Lentz and her two teenage children in their trailer park in Janesville in 2007. Prosecutors say DNA evidence links Koepp to the crime.
Gov. Jim Doyle, in his State of the State speech, promises to spend his last year in office doing "everything I can to help our businesses create jobs and give our workers the opportunities to get those jobs." Like his, for instance.
The United Way of Dane County announces that despite flat funding, it is using volunteers to expand its programming to provide stable housing, food and tutoring.
Fire destroys a house on Winchester Street on Madison's northeast side, but no one is injured.
Fire destroys Naughty Novelties in the town of Burke.
The state Department of Workforce Development reports that unemployment rates were up in December in all 12 of Madison's metropolitan areas. The highest rate, 12.2%, was in Menominee County. Madison had the state's lowest rate, at 5.8%.
Compiled (in part) from local media