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Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

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DNA testing leads to arrest in sexual assault case

DNA testing done at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory has led to the arrest of 43-year-old man.

A 44-year Stoughton woman was walking on South Park Street when she was approached from behind by a man wielding a handgun on May 14, according to a Madison Police Department report.

�The man led her to a dark parking lot along North Wingra Drive and threatened to kill the Stoughton woman during the attack. He also tried to rob her of money, but she had no cash, police said.

Mariono L. Weaver, 43, was arrested on July 24. Weaver was charged with first degree sexual assault and attempted armed robbery.�

Confrontation lands man in hospital, police say

Confrontation lands man in hospital, police say

A 32-year-old man was punched, kicked and cut when he was attacked by three young men Thursday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The victim told police he was walking in the 4700 block of Jenewein Road when he was attacked and cut with some sort of sharp-edged weapon. He said he got into a verbal confrontation before the attack.

Most of the man's cuts were superficial, but two required stitches, according to police.

The victim told police he knows who the attackers are but didn't want to tell police.

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3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.

Police find missing 2-year-old

Madison police said they assisted in the search for a missing 2-year-old boy on the south side Tuesday morning.

The boy as reported missing at 10:39 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fisher Street. He was found at 11:15 a.m.

A reporter at the scene said the boy was taken away by an ambulance. Police said the boy had a bloody nose.

Beltline accident leads to drunken driving arrest

Madison police said a four-car crash on the Beltline Monday has led to charges being filed against a 44-year-old woman who was injured in the incident.

The accident happened on the westbound Beltline near Todd Drive around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

According to police, the fire department had to extricate one driver due to the crash. Two people were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

One of the drivers, 44-year-old Jolynn Stenehjem, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing injury.