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Our Top 10 Stories of 2019


Here are our ten most-read news stories of 2019. Many are stories that we reported first, stories that expose wrongdoing and hold powerful people and institutions accountable. Others highlight and celebrate real achievements by people of color here in Madison. One thing they all have in common is they all take time, and they’re all researched, reported and written by professional journalists. They all take a lot of time, care and attention by reporters and editors. 

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UW House Fellow Removed from Multicultural Community Because White Students Felt Unwelcome

A UW-Madison Multicultural Learning Community (MLC) House Fellow has been placed on paid administrative leave due to complaints from students claiming that white people felt unwelcome based on race.

Clintonville Cancels Homecoming After Students Mock Native American Dance

Clintonville High School has cancelled all activities for Friday night, including the Homecoming football game, after four non-Native students performed a mock Native American dance at a homecoming “dance-off” Thursday.

Madison Teacher On Leave After Alleged Beating of Girl, 11, Caught on Video

A longtime Madison Metropolitan School District educator has been placed on leave and is under both school district and police investigation after allegedly pushing, punching and pulling hair out of the head of an African American 11-year-old girl at Whitehorse Middle School last week, Madison365 has learned.

Black-owned Developer Gets Nod for $41 Million South Madison Project

City of Madison staff has recommended that Milwaukee-based Rule Enterprises, owned by developer and entrepreneur Brandon Rule, be awarded the contract to develop a city-owned lot on South Park Street into a 30,000-square-foot grocery store, 150-unit apartment building and 345-space parking garage.

Black Security Guard Fired from West High for Using Racial Slur — He Says in his Own Defense

A Black security guard says he has been terminated from Madison West High School because he used a racial slur while defending himself from a student using the same slur.

“Home is Where We Aren’t.” Homecoming Promo Video Sparks Backlash as Black Students are Cut Out

A promotional video for the University of Wisconsin’s Homecoming festivities has sparked backlash this week, as it failed to include any students of color while touting UW as “home” — even though the video’s producers shot footage featuring students of color.

Marlon Anderson Gets Job Back

Marlon Anderson, the security guard at Madison West who was terminated last week for using a racial slur in his own defense, has been rehired by the Madison Metropolitan School District.


Middleton High School Employee on Leave After Segregating Students by Race for Test

A Middleton High School employee is on leave after segregating students for a standardized test based solely on race, according to an email to parents from Middleton High School Principal Peg Shoemaker and Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Superintendent Dana Monogue.


Video Shows MPD Officers Beating Black Juvenile With Bag Over His Head; Internal Investigation Ongoing

Three Madison police officers are under investigation as home security video posted to Facebook Wednesday appears to show Madison Police Officers violently detaining a Black teen with a mental illness, putting a bag over his head and then punching his head at least three times.


Madison South Sider Lands Role in Major Hulu Series

Nearly two years after heading west to chase his Hollywood dreams, actor Denny Love — perhaps better known to Madisonians as 2012 Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Youth of the Year Denzel Irby — may have landed his big break.