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Man Who Tried to 'Upskirt' Thwarted by Battery Blast

Battery in camera he was going to place in his shoe exploded, and he then turned himself in

(Newser) - An attempt at "upskirting," an exploding camera, and a guilty conscience led to … no arrest in Wisconsin, but the story is still attracting attention nationwide. The Wisconsin State Journal reports on the unidentified 32-year-old man at the center of it all, showing up Tuesday at a Madison... More »

He Wanted a Quick Buzz. He Left Looking 'Stooge'-Like

Cops: Barber cited for giving customer bad haircut, snipping his ear with scissors

(Newser) - A young man who went for a pre-Christmas haircut got a disorderly one, while his barber got slammed for disorderly conduct, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Per Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain, the 22-year-old patron headed over to Ruby's Salon on Friday and asked for an inch off the... More »

10 Most, Least Charitable US Cities

From Madison to Laredo

(Newser) - So which city in America most embraces the holiday season of giving? Madison, Wis., gets the honors in a new ranking by WalletHub . The site looked at the 100 biggest cities and examined a number of metrics, including money donated to charity, the number of hours spent volunteering, and the... More »

America's 10 Drunkest Cities

What gives, Wisconsin?

(Newser) - While Utah is home to a few of the least boozy cities in the country, Wisconsin houses more than a few of the drunkest, according to 24/7 Wall St . The site lists the booziest cities in the US based on excessive drinking rates, the number of bars, and driving deaths... More »

Madison Officer Won't Be Charged in Shooting of Biracial Teen: DA

Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson, 19, in March, police say

(Newser) - A Wisconsin prosecutor has decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed biracial man in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced today that he wouldn't file any charges against Madison officer Matt Kenny in 19-year-old Tony Robinson's death on March... More »

Madison Teen's Killing Has 'Ripped Community Apart'

Protests dominate weekend after Tony Robinson's death

(Newser) - This weekend saw three days of protests and events on behalf of Tony Robinson, the unarmed black teenager killed by police in Madison, Wis. His death "has ripped this community apart," family friend Craig Spaulding tells NBC News . Indeed, passionate protests began "almost immediately" at the spot... More »

Wis. Teen Killed by Cop Was Unarmed

Police urge calm protest in death of Tony Robinson

(Newser) - Madison, Wis., saw peaceful protests yesterday in the wake of the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson by a police officer, with both Robinson's family and police urging non-violent demonstrations and the police chief vowing to "defend, facilitate, foster those First Amendment rights of assembly and freedom of... More »

Black Teen Killed by Police in Wisconsin

Authorities say Tony Robinson assaulted officer; protests follow

(Newser) - A police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, shot to death a black teenager last night during a confrontation, prompting a protest at the scene and chants of "black lives matter." The dead youth has been identified as 19-year-old Tony Robinson, reports NBC News . The police chief gives this account... More »

Woman Hops in Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked in the Face

Wally the giraffe was not overjoyed to see her

(Newser) - Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure... More »

Massive Protests Expected in ... Madison

Capitol steels itself for rallies today

(Newser) - Here we go again: With Republicans trying once more to pass Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial collective bargaining limits, the state Capitol in Madison is steeling itself for more protests. Walker’s budget will be debated at the Capitol today, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, and thousands of protesters are... More »

Sarah Palin to GOP: ‘Fight Like a Girl'

She addresses Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin

(Newser) - Sarah Palin roused the Tea Party faithful at a tax day rally in Madison, Wisconsin, criticizing not only President Obama but the "GOP establishment" for giving up too much, reports CNN . Her takeaway line: “What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight. GOP leaders... More »

Wisconsin Democrats Return, Join Mass Protest

Tens of thousands march in Madison again

(Newser) - The 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin nearly a month ago returned from Illinois today, reports the Wisconsin State Journal . They were given a heroes' welcome by tens of thousands of pro-union protesters who again converged on the state Capitol in Madison. "It is so good to be... More »

Let the Fallout Begin: Wisconsin Bill Is Now Law

Governor Scott Walker quietly signs measure curbing union rights

(Newser) - Wisconsin's month-long drama came to a quiet end this morning as Gov. Scott Walker signed into law the bill curbing the power of unions. The bigger fight isn't over though: Next come expected court challenges and maybe recall elections for the Republicans who pushed the measure through, reports the Milwaukee ... More »

Wisconsin Protesters Close Pro-Walker Bank

Hundreds gather outside M&I Bank, some withdraw money

(Newser) - A Wisconsin bank branch was forced to close yesterday after hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside to protest its executives' campaign contributions to Scott Walker. A spokesman for M&I Bank said the branch had closed "under the advisement of the Madison Police Department." The president of a union... More »

Wisconsin Assembly Gives Final OK to Anti-Union Bill

Protesters ratchet up demonstrations in Madison

(Newser) - Scott Walker's plan to strip public sector unions of most collective bargaining rights is all but a done deal, as the Wisconsin Assembly approved the measure as expected today. It now goes to Walker's desk for a quick signature into law, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Not that opponents surrendered... More »

Wisconsin Cops Tackle Rep Heading Into Capitol

Does Wisconsin want its Democratic politicians inside, or not?

(Newser) - Vigilant Wisconsin cops jumped a man heading into Madison's protest-wracked capitol building Thursday night and wrestled him to the ground. The problem? He was a state legislator trying to get to work. In video of the takedown, officers try to block a WISN cameraman as Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy... More »

Scott Walker: Prank Call No Big Deal

'I take phone calls all the time,' says governor

(Newser) - It was easy to dupe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker into believing he was talking on the phone to billionaire backer David Koch—because he's clueless, says the journalist who punked Walker . Posing as Koch, Ian Murphy and Walker had a heart-to-heart during which the governor talked about tricking Democrats and... More »

Indiana Official on Wisconsin Protesters: Shoot Them

'Deadly force' tweets not great idea, admits deputy AG Jeff Cox, who was axed

(Newser) - An Indiana deputy attorney general has been sacked after he urged the use of "live ammunition" on Wisconsin protesters, reports Mother Jones . The magazine reported earlier this week on its Twitter page that Madison riot police appeared to be preparing to sweep protesters from the Wisconsin capitol building. Jeffrey... More »

Camel Eats It for Madison Daily Show Stunt

Hapless beast proves Egypt is nothing like Wisconsin

(Newser) - Pity the poor camel who knows, just like Jon Stewart , that Egypt is nothing like Madison, Wis. The beast slipped, making awful sounds, on the snow and ice of a Madison street as he was being tended to by workers for the Daily Show. But don't worry, the camel is... More »

AWOL Wisconsin Lawmakers Found ... in Illinois

Democrats demanding changes to anti-union bill

(Newser) - Wisconsin's political theater is now a two-state show: Democrats who fled the capital today to stall the governor's anti-union bill are holed up in a Best Western in Rockford, Illinois, reports WTMJ of Milwaukee . It's not clear whether all 14 senators are there or when they'll return. Republicans need at... More »

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