Thursday, March 9
Wisconsin dominates the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, sweeping first, second and third place. The overall winner is Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano, made in Antigo.
Monday, March 13
The “alt right” has turned on U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville). Hyperconservative website Breitbart publishes a “never before released” recording of Ryan disavowing then-candidate Donald Trump. Ryan’s comments were already reported, but the story is a signal that Ryan will be the scapegoat when the Trump-backed health care plan fails miserably.
Chicago-based developer Beitler Real Estate, the firm behind the Judge Doyle Square project, submits a proposal to build an 11-story office building on the site currently housing Madison College’s downtown campus. But the project won’t be considered because the developer wasn’t among the finalists.
Tuesday, March 14
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is found to have “engaged in misconduct” by the city’s Police and Fire Commission for calling Sharon Irwin, the grandmother of Tony Robinson, a “raging lunatic” outside a June 7 Madison Common Council meeting. But the commission rules his offense wasn’t serious enough to warrant firing, demotion, suspension or any other punishment.
A UW-Madison nonacademic misconduct hearing committee recommends expulsion for Alec Cook, a suspended student accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. Cook has until March 24 to appeal his expulsion to Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Wisconsin leads the nation in the number of drunken driving attempts prevented by ignition interlock devices, according to a study from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The breathalyzer stopped 37,299 attempts last year, which is great, but also kind of horrifying.