Lee Dreyfus, the governor of Wisconsin from 1979 to 1983, dies at age 81 at his Waukesha home. Dreyfus made history in 1982 by signing the nation's first statewide gay rights law, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for housing, employment or public accommodations.
Former Casbah Restaurant owner Sabi Atteyih, 44, pleads guilty to evading $130,000 in federal taxes. Atteyih, who used to have his own television cooking show, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A three-judge panel recommends a public reprimand for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler, who as a circuit judge presided over cases in which she had conflicts of interest. The punishment is the mildest form of discipline possible.
Terry Karna, 48, of Stoughton, kills himself days before his trial on sexual assault charges is due to start. Karna was charged with repeatedly raping a preteen girl and faced 40 years in prison if convicted.
Jason Lemke, 30, of West Allis, is killed when his vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb in Iraq. He becomes the 82nd Wisconsin soldier to die in the war.
More than 100 cars are involved in a pileup on a five-mile stretch of Interstate 39-90 southeast of Madison. Beatrice Winrich, 54, of Stoughton, and Delbert Smet, 79, of Fond du Lac, are killed. More than 50 people are injured. Police say dense fog and excessive speed are factors in the crash.
Timothy Hanson, 23, of Kenosha, dies after being shot while on nighttime guard duty in Baghdad. He is the 83rd Wisconsin soldier to die in the war.
Amy Gabel, of Janesville, files a federal lawsuit against the UW-Madison for sexual harassment. Gabel, 32, says her boss at the university's Walnut Street Heating Plant retaliated against her when she rejected his sexual advances. Gabel was the only female employee at the plant. She quit her job last summer.
Madison School Board President Arlene Silveira announces five finalists for the job of superintendent: Bart Anderson, a county superintendent from Ohio; Steve Gallon, a school administrator in Miami; James McIntyre, chief operating officer of the Boston Public Schools; Daniel Nerad, superintendent for Green Bay schools; and Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, chief academic officer in Racine.
The Madison Common Council approves a $24 million high-rise apartment building near UW-Madison. In order to build the 14-story tower on West Johnson Street, the developer must relocate two historic houses currently on the site.
The state Senate Committee on Public Health passes a statewide smoking ban on a 3-2 vote. However, the bill would not make bars and restaurants smoke-free until 2010.
A woman is kidnapped at gunpoint from the parking lot of Walgreens on East Washington Avenue, taken to another location, and sexually assaulted. Police are investigating.
Compiled from local media