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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside; Occupy Madison reestablishes camp; 33,000 attend Freakfest, only 36 arrested

Friday, 10.26

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) and former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson have their final debate in the race for the U.S. Senate before the Nov. 6 election.

Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara sentences babysitter Azuzena Vasquez, 36, to eight years in prison for dunking a 4-year-old boy into scalding bath water in May 2011. The boy suffered burns on 36% of his body and must undergo years of skin grafts.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside, campaigning for President Obama.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that UW-Madison surgeon Thomas Zdeblick is being accused of "collusion" in a U.S. Senate investigation. According to the probe, Zdeblick failed to report that a procedure using a bone-growth substance carries a risk of sterility in men in journal articles on the procedure. The investigation also found that he earned $34 million over 15 years from the substance's producer, Medtronic, for testing and reviewing products. Zdeblick denies the accusations, saying the risk is related to the procedure, not the substance.

Saturday, 10.27

Occupy Madison reestablishes a camp in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. The group, composed mostly of homeless individuals, is pushing local governments to do more for the homeless.

Roughly 33,000 people attend the annual Freakfest Halloween party on State Street. Police arrest 36 people for minor offenses, such as carrying intoxicants in an open container.

Monday, 10.29

The Madison school board approves a $394 million budget for next year, raising property taxes by 1.75%.

A volunteer for Chad Lee, candidate for Congress, recants claims that he was beaten at his home last week as retribution for being gay and Republican. See stories on pages 6 and 8.

Tuesday, 10.30

Golfers tell the Madison Common Council that they don't like the park division's plans to take over administration of the city's golf course clubhouses. The move has been proposed as a way of saving money.

Wednesday, 10.31

The State Journal reports that the state's two biggest teachers unions, AFT-Wisconsin and WEAC, are considering merging. In the wake of Gov. Scott Walker's changes to public bargaining laws, the two unions have lost about 30% of their members.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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