The Dane County Board, on a 20-12 vote, approves an ordinance protecting tenants from landlord discrimination. Under the new law, landlords would be fined for discriminating against undocumented immigrants or for turning away ex-convicts, unless they are registered sex offenders or have been out of prison for less than two years.
The Madison City Attorney's Office issues a 15-day notice of intent to take Henry Stanley, a longtime Allied Drive landlord, to court. The city says Stanley's four apartment buildings are in a "constant state of disrepair."
Michael Gableman, a Burnett County circuit judge, announces he will run for the state Supreme Court seat held by Louis Butler. Charlie Schutze, a Sun Prairie lawyer, is also running.
Rachael Hugo, 24, of Madison, is killed in Bayji, Iraq, when her unit is attacked by insurgents. Hugo, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, was a 2001 graduate of East High School and had been attending Viterbo University in La Crosse. Hugo becomes the 79th person from Wisconsin killed in Iraq.
Mark Spangler, 39, of Marshall, is sentenced to 30 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision for a drunk driving accident last year in which he hit a minivan and injured a family. The case was Spangler's eighth drunk-driving conviction.
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announces the county will buy 172 acres in the town of Westport for $5.5 million, its largest parkland purchase ever.
Sven Heilskov, 35, of Madison, is sentenced to 15 years in prison for a string of robberies. Heilskov, acting alone or as part of a group, robbed banks, stores and other businesses, often using a plastic gun.
Tickets for Freakfest, Madison's annual Halloween event on State Street, go on sale. For $5, revelers can see three stages of live music, including acts by Lifehouse and Matt Wertz.
Groundwork, a coalition that works with the homeless, holds a press conference to highlight the issue of people sleeping at the Brittingham Park shelter. The coalition criticizes Madison's homeless shelters for limiting the amount of time people can stay, especially during winter.
The Madison Cultural Arts District board creates a committee to analyze the Overture Center's financial situation. Last month the Overture's trust fund temporarily dropped below the $104 million mark, the minimum needed to cover costs.
District Judge John Shabaz sends a letter to President Bush, asking to retire. Shabaz, 76, has been on the bench for 25 years. Once Bush names his successor, Shabaz will assume senior status, with a smaller caseload.
Compiled from local media