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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 76.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Owner of Cronometro beaten by cyclist, Wisconsin voter turnout 4% less than in 2004, John Smalley named new editor of Wisconsin State Journal

11.26 Wednesday

In a meeting that lasts til 1 a.m., the Fitchburg City Council votes 6-2 to delay plans for a new $14 million library. Voters had approved the library in a referendum on Nov. 4, but the council wants a less expensive design.

Travis Knapp, 34, of Madison, pleads no contest to charges of harboring a felon after the murder of Juan Bernal, 22, in September. Knapp helped his friend, 31-year-old Justin Stout, flee the scene after Stout allegedly stabbed Bernal outside a downtown bar. Knapp faces two years in prison.

Colin O'Brien, 51, of Madison, is beaten by a fellow bicyclist after he dares to suggest the bicyclist wear a light when riding at night. O'Brien is the owner of Cronometro, a Willy Street store that builds custom bicycles.

11.28 Friday

Former Badger football player Leonard Taylor, 32, is arrested in Indianapolis for making death threats against UW athletic director Barry Alvarez. Taylor's family says he has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and stopped taking his medication three months ago. Taylor played for the Badgers from 1995 to 1998.

11.29 Saturday

A memorial is held for Madison folk artist Richard "Ricondou" Cunningham. Ricondou, 55, died of lung cancer. He completed his final piece, a mural outside the Salvation Army Community Center, this summer.

12.1 Monday

The Government Accountability Board announces that Wisconsin's voter turnout for the Nov. 4 presidential election was 69%. That's less than in 2004, when the tally was 73%.

12.2 Tuesday

Gov. Jim Doyle and other state governors meet with president-elect Barack Obama in Philadelphia. Obama promises an economic recovery plan for states facing huge budget deficits. But Doyle says federal aid won't be enough to address Wisconsin's projected $5 billion deficit, without severe cuts.

Madison Ald. Eli Judge confirms he won't run for re-election next spring. Judge, who represents the neighborhoods around UW-Madison, is leaving to go to law school.

John Smalley, 50, is named the new editor of the Wisconsin State Journal. Smalley is currently the editor of the La Crosse Tribune. He replaces Ellen Foley, who left in October.

The Madison Common Council votes to take $342,000 from its rainy day fund to pay for unbudgeted expenses for Police, Fire and Streets. The agencies needed more money to cover unexpected overtime and staffing costs.

12.3 Wednesday

First Business Bank releases its annual survey of Dane County businesses and says all sectors showed a decline this year, with the service industry suffering the most. Only 60% of business owners expect to do better in the future, compared to 81% in last year's survey.

Compiled from local media

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