Two men fall through the ice on Lake Mendota - one near Picnic Point, the other near Memorial Union. Neither is seriously injured.
The third of nine heroin dealers arrested in August is sentenced to 12 years, seven months in prison by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. Corey Webster, 29, of Madison, pleaded guilty in November to distributing heroin.
Madison and the former head of the Overture Center, Robert D'Angelo, announce a tentative settlement with Monica Everson, who sued in 2008 claiming D'Angelo sexually harassed her for more than a decade. The terms are expected to be released this week.
A UW-Madison animal research oversight committee discusses whether experimenting on nonhuman primates (monkeys) is ethical. It decides that it is. Primate activist Rick Marolt, who pressed for this discussion, remarks afterward, "It was as if the Mississippi Slave Owners Association was asked in 1850 to determine whether or not slavery was ethical."
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Office of Lawyer Regulation is looking into whether Dane County Assistant District Attorney Paul Humphrey improperly offered to drop criminal charges against Oregon resident John Dohm if he settled a related civil case with his neighbors. District Attorney Brian Blanchard pooh-poohs the allegations, saying, "If doing that is a violation, then most prosecutors in Wisconsin have been in violation of the law."
Madison and Dane County announce that Madison Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff and retired UW music professor James Latimer will receive the Humanitarian Award honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jarrel-Brandon Luke Montgomery, a senior at Madison Memorial High School, will get the youth leader award.
The Madison School Board, concerned about a 15% drop in state funding, deadlocks 3-3 on whether to start a 4-year-old kindergarten program for the 2010-11 school year, but votes 5-1 to begin one for the 2011-12 year. "I want it," says board member Marj Passman. "The question is when."
Robben Fleming, provost and chancellor of UW-Madison during the turbulent years of 1964-67, dies at his Ann Arbor home. He was 93. In 1967, Fleming had called police to end a student protest against Dow Chemical, which made napalm, but ended up paying $1,470 to bail the students out.
Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz names Rob Phillips city engineer, subject to Common Council approval. Phillips has been interim engineer since Larry Nelson retired last July after 44 years working for the city.
The city releases the results of a survey of 383 Madison residents that finds most are happy with the quality of city services and life here. Residents give the lowest marks to lake quality and street conditions. Garbage collection ranks highest in customer service.
Compiled (in part) from local media