The Dist. 4 Court of Appeals rules that a Madison woman who raised two adopted children in a same-sex relationship is not considered their parent. The woman and her former partner had adopted two children from Guatemala. But Wisconsin does not recognize dual adoption among unmarried couples.
The Wisconsin State Journal, in a Jay Leno-worthy bold-face pull-out from its lead editorial on Overture Center staffing, advises, "Overture Center shouldn't be stuffed with city employees." We couldn't agree more.
On WTDY's Sly in the Morning show, former U.S. Senate candidate Terrence Wall accuses Ron Johnson of buying votes at the state Republican convention where Johnson was endorsed over Wall for the post. Wall says, "A handful of people came in and spread money around." GOP leaders deny the claims. "It didn't happen," Reince Priebus, party chairman, tells the Wisconsin State Journal. "This is childish. If Wall keeps this up, he will be the John McEnroe of Wisconsin politics - without the charisma."
Madison police arrest 38-year-old Michael Baumgartner at the McDonald's restaurant at 6910 Odana Rd., for allegedly looking at porn on his laptop computer and indecently touching himself while sitting in the children's play area. Baumgartner tells police he was "exercising poor judgment."
Madison Metro bus drivers - members of the Teamsters Union - petition the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission to join the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, because they're unhappy that the Teamsters pushed them to accept contract changes that would have reduced overtime.
Todd McGrath of McGrath Associates says his company has relinquished the Union Corners property in lieu of foreclosure to mortgage holder M&I Bank of Milwaukee. McGrath had hoped to build condominiums on the site, the largest undeveloped parcel of land in urban Madison.
Madison files a complaint in Dane County Circuit Court seeking to close the Highlander Hotel, 4353 W. Beltline, on the basis that it is a public nuisance. (See "Checkout Time at the Highlander," 5/6/2010.)
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas McNamara fines Louis and Janice Kwiatkowski, both 67, a total of $3,500 for voting twice - once by absentee ballot in Wyocena where they have a cottage and in person, five days later, in Blooming Grove, where they live - in the spring 2009 elections. "Your conduct was criminal," McNamara tells the couple, who say they were confused.
A woman swimming off a boat in Lake Mendota goes missing. A rescue effort becomes an ongoing recovery effort; the swimmer is later identified as Sarah Carpenter, 30.
President Obama holds a town hall meeting in Racine, focusing on the economy. It is Obama's third visit to Wisconsin since he was elected.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously upholds a ban on gay marriage and civil unions, saying a 2006 constitutional amendment was properly presented to voters.
Compiled (in part) from local media