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MPD Officer Heimsness now being investigated for three incidents prior to Paul Heenan shooting

The officer who shot and killed Paul Heenan Nov. 9 on South Baldwin Street is now being investigated for three earlier incidents, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray announced at a news conference Friday. Wray called the preliminary information regarding the three investigations "troubling" but maintained that Stephen Heimsness' actions on Nov. 9 were still "objectionably reasonable." >More
 Former MPD captain Cheri Maples calls for training changes in wake of Paul Heenan shooting

Former Madison Police Captain Cheri Maples says the exoneration of the officer involved in the shooting death of musician Paul Heenan shows the need for a change in police protocols. "Since the police department chose to exonerate him, then I think we need to look at the training standard, period, and change it," says Maples, who was captain of personnel and training when she retired from the Madison Police Department in 2005 after 21 years on the force. >More
 Pregnant? Scared? Abortion risks are exaggerated at Wisconsin's crisis pregnancy centers

One afternoon last March, two young women paid a visit to the Women's Care Center on Orin Road. Located just across the street from a Planned Parenthood clinic, the Women's Care Center is a crisis pregnancy center, designed to offer women facing an unplanned pregnancy alternatives to abortion. Amanda Geske, an intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation at the time, was posing as a friend of Sarah (not her real name), who was pretending to be pregnant. >More
 Government funding continues for crisis pregnancy centers

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and Legal Momentum, a New York-based organization dedicated to advancing women's rights, say that since 1982 more than $130 million in federal abstinence-only funding has gone to crisis pregnancy centers. And the Obama administration has continued to fund centers through the National Fatherhood Initiative. >More
 Dane County's freshmen lawmakers may not have much power, but they won't be idle

A print of "Wisconsin" hangs in Rep. Melissa Sargent's new office. The letters L-O-V-E are superimposed on the statue that sits on top of the state Capitol building. The freshman Democrat from Madison bought the artwork last February from Craig Grabhorn, who was active in the protests that erupted after Gov. Scott Walker proposed stripping bargaining rights from most public employees. She told herself at the time she'd display it in her Capitol office if she succeeded in her campaign for state Assembly. >More
 Citizens United opened floodgates for record campaign spending in 2012

During a recent news conference at the state Capitol, Lisa Graves, executive director of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy, made an astonishing claim. "This past election, in 2012, was the most expensive election in U.S. history," Graves said. "In fact, it was the most expensive election in the history of the world." She later pointed to articles that backed this up, at least in terms of total amount. >More
 No need for an external review of Paul Heenan shooting, Madison police tell community members

The controversial fatal shooting by a Madison police officer got a public airing Tuesday night when law enforcement officials met with concerned community members over the Nov. 9 incident that left local musician Paul Heenan dead. Despite repeated calls from Heenan's family and friends for an independent investigation of the incident, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray told the audience at Bethany Evangelical Free Church that he did not think one was necessary. >More
 Despite setback, Occupy Madison hopeful about raising money to buy a facility

Occupy Madison is doing whatever it can to help create housing opportunities for the homeless, and that includes selling pie. Occupy activists and members of the community came together Tuesday at the Fountain on State Street for "Occu-Pie," a fundraiser for the group that is focused on serving the needs of the homeless by creating a permanent facility called "OM House." >More
 Fordem Avenue building eyed by Occupy Madison being sold to another buyer

Occupy Madison Inc.'s hopes to purchase a building at 2132 Fordem Ave. for a homeless housing project have been dashed. Brenda Konkel reports on a couple of local listservs that the group's "offer to purchase the building at 2132 Fordem Ave. has been rejected in favor of an alternate offer." >More
 Chemical samples collected, but environmental impact of Rhythm & Booms still to be determined

Madison's Committee on the Environment presented preliminary data Monday from a study evaluating the environmental impacts of the Rhythm & Booms fireworks held each year at Warner Park. The "progress report" presented by James Bennett, an adjunct professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin, demonstrated the presence of certain chemicals in plants near the park, but it did not identify how severe the presence of those chemicals is. >More
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