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WEEK IN REVIEW

Dawn Marie Sass fires deputy, Raynard Tissink wins Ironman, 48 solar panels will be installed on the Capitol

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Thursday, 9.10

A man steals a $6,975 ring from the Diamond Center while an accomplice distracts the clerk by trying to bite another diamond he was examining. Hmmm, maybe the ill-gotten gains ended up going for dental work.

The Wisconsin State Journal spikes a column written by Doug Moe paying tribute to Cap Times reporter Mike Miller, who accepted a buyout after 40 years on the job. The paper does not publicly explain its decision. Says Miller, "Maybe I wouldn't feel so bad if there was a justifiable reason." (See Bill Lueders' online report.)

Friday, 9.11

State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass fires her deputy for allegedly hiring Democratic loyalists for nonpolitical jobs. Sass has been under fire for other issues, including hiring her niece.

Six people are sent to the hospital after an employee at Wingra Family Medical Center spilled three ounces of phenol, a toxic chemical. The building is evacuated.

An employee at Sunset Memory Gardens, a cemetery on Madison's far west side, discovers that 50 bronze vases, worth about $25,000, have been stolen from graves. Man, that's cold.

Sunday, 9.13

South African Raynard Tissink overcomes vomiting, headaches and cramps (not to mention questionable judgment) to win the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon.

The body of Warren C. Roecker, a 36-year-old swimmer who went missing in Lake Monona Wednesday night, is recovered near Olin Park.

Dane County Coroner John Stanley, 63, dies unexpectedly at his DeForest home of an apparent heart attack.

Monday, 9.14

A state board decides to install 48 solar panels on the Capitol, capable of producing 11,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year - if the sun cooperates.

Three people are mugged by groups of teenagers in separate incidents near East Towne Mall.

Hammes Co. puts its proposed $109 million makeover of the Edgewater Hotel on hold pending further discussions with neighbors regarding design concerns. See Jay Rath's online report.

Tuesday, 9.15

Dane County Sheriff's divers recover the body of David M. Fritz, 39, who drowned the day before in Lake Monona, when he and his wife and twin sons were thrown from their boat. The others survived.

Lucy Nehrenz, the subject of an Isthmus article last year ("Who Would Jesus Evict?," 3/20/08) after she was booted from her home by the Ecumenical Housing Corp., a church-affiliated group, because she had gotten too old and frail, dies at age 104. Her attorney, Tim Tierney, who fought the eviction, says Nehrenz found a new home but never really adjusted because she left all her friends behind.

Judge Patrick Fiedler sentences 19-year-old Randall Zeck to up to a year in jail and 10 years' probation. Zeck was convicted of homicide by driving under the influence of marijuana and causing an accident that killed Jason Randall in June 2007.

Compiled (in part) from local media

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