Franklin Yanez pleads no contest to felony murder for his part in killing Antonio Perez in April. Yanez, who court records show is 16, says he thought Perez would only be beaten up. A plea agreement calls for Yanez to be sentenced to eight years' probation. Other juvenile charges are pending.
The UW-Madison announces it has signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the National Weather Service to help monitor storms and predict temperatures. The UW has worked with the service since 1980, but it's the first time the contract has been bid.
The body of 30-year-old Sarah E. Carpenter, who went missing while swimming off a boat in Lake Mendota in June, is finally recovered. A boater finds it floating about a mile from Governor's Island.
Robert Kleist, 39, jumps off the Highway 60 bridge in Prairie du Sac with friends but never resurfaces. Two other men who jumped are uninjured. Officials continue to search for Kleist from boats but are no longer using divers.
Brent Delzer, 36, pleads guilty to taking part in distributing marijuana, working for Fitchburg resident Amos Mortier, who disappeared in 2004. Federal prosecutors will ask U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to sentence Delzer below the five-year minimum because Delzer has agreed not to appeal.
A Madison man stumbles on a grenade while mowing his lawn on Shefford Drive on the city's west side. Madison's bomb squad determines it is inert.
The 40th anniversary of the Sterling Hall bombing, a protest against the Vietnam War that killed researcher Robert Fassnacht, is marked. A story booth is set up in Memorial Library to gather anecdotes from the period.
Madison Area Technical College - or Madison College, as it now prefers to be called - reports that its enrollment has jumped 5.2% over last fall. Enrollment grew last year by 12%.
Madison police report that they have charged three teenagers with an Aug. 11 spree of damaged property, theft and disorderly conduct on the city's east side, after one of the teens allegedly bragged about the crimes on his Facebook page. Finally, a good reason for Facebook!
County Executive Kathleen Falk and Dane County Public Safety communications director John Dejung hold a ribbon- cutting ceremony for the county's renovated 911 center.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is nixing a $12 million plan to install meters that would allow the Madison Water Utility workers to remotely read them. The mayor says it is too expensive. Tom Heikkinen, the utility's manager, says the new meters would allow the utility to send out monthly bills and improve cash flow.
The state Department of Workforce Development says that unemployment fell slightly in July and that 25,000 jobs have been added so far this year. Of the state's metropolitan areas, Madison had the lowest unemployment rate, 5.6%, down from 5.9% in June and 6.3% in July 2009.
Compiled (in part) from local media