Badger Herald

Overture Center cuts jobs, loses programs

Published December 5, 2008

The Madison Cultural Arts District Board approved a smaller budget for the Overture Center Thursday that cuts 15 full-time staff positions and some programs and scales back administrative costs.The Overture’s announcement comes on the heels of last week’s decision by the Madison Repertory Theater, a resident organization of the Overture, to lay off several of its employees.The Overture’s layoffs will take effect Jan. 16, 2009, and employees who will be losing their jobs were notified Thursday after the MCADB meeting. Four of the 15 positions that are being cut are currently vacant, according to Overture Center spokesperson Rob Chappell….Read the rest here.

Ironman triathlete sets new course record in Madison race

Published September 8, 2008

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgThousands of athletes ran, swam and biked across Madison Sunday, competing in the seventh annual Ford Ironman Wisconsin competition.

The top finisher was Australian Chris McDonald, who set a new course record by finishing the feat in 8 hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds. Hillary Biscay of Tucson, Ariz. won the women’s title, finishing in 9 hours, 47 minutes and 25 seconds. Wisconsin’s own Lauren Jensen, who lives in New Berlin, placed fifth in the woman’s competition finishing in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 39 seconds.

Madison hosts one of only five Ironman competitions held across the country every year and drew about 2,200 participants this year…Read the rest here.

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