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Local runners remember Boston Marathon tragedy

Tuesday's Boston Strong Run is no ordinary run for the members of Fleet Feet. The running group took to the pavement to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the bombing that stunned the nation.

One participant, Jeff Vanbendagom, has run the Boston marathon in the past but missed qualifying for last year's marathon by 15 seconds.

Next week he will head back to Boston alongside almost 40,000 other runners to send a message.

"Seeing how divisive last year's bombing was, I wanted to come to support those who were injured and show that terrorism doesn't win," said Vanbendegom. "If we all show up and work together, keep this event alive, share in the spirit of it, then we win and the terrorists don?t."

42-year-old did not file tax returns as owner of 3 Madison businesses

A former Madison man pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to file income tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Eric T. Plantenberg, 42, of Bend, Ore., faces a maximum of one year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine, officials said. He is scheduled for sentencing on July 8.

In his plea agreement, Plantenberg said he made $1,300,792 in unreported income between 2005 and 2008, according to the release. During those years he was an owner of, and made income from, three Madison-based companies -- Freedom Personal Development, Freedom Professional Services and I-Kinetic.

Company to add 286 jobs to Madison location

A company is adding close to 300 workers to its Madison location through growth of existing clients, bringing in new clients, and with state incentives, according to a release.

SPi Global Madison (Laserwords) provides call center services for a Fortune 200 client selling Internet and television packages across the country, officials said.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary Reed Hall toured Laserwords? Madison call center Tuesday. The company plans to add 286 workers to its 40-employee location thanks to incentives from the WEDC and DWD.

WEDC awarded Laserwords $375,000 in economic development tax credits to create 286 new jobs and keep 40 existing jobs in Madison, according to the release. Laswerwords is also investing $1.2 million in capital improvements to its facility.

Madison woman returns to Boston Marathon for 15th time

A Madison woman will make her 15th trip to the Boston Marathon this year, but she said this time it will be different.

Mary Tierney first qualified for the famous race in 2000 when she was 47 years old. She has qualified and completed the marathon every year since. The only exception was in 2012 when runners received a bye for heat conditions.

Last year Tierney was ready to make it her final run, but she never made it through the finish line.

In 2013 Tierney made plans to run with her younger sister. The pair took a picture a day before the race and planned to take another one after the race, but they never got the chance.

"We didn?t get it because she finished just before, maybe 20 minutes before the bomb went off, and I was running in," Tierney said.

When the two bombs went off at the finish line, Tierney and other runners came to a stop less than a mile away.

DOJ: Man sentenced for pulling loaded gun on friends at bus stop

A man who pulled a loaded firearm on acquaintances on Madison?s east side was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Christopher Glasper, 27, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, officials said. Glasper pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29.

On Sept. 5, 2013, Glasper pulled a loaded firearm on two acquaintances at a bus stop on East Washington Avenue, according to the release. Glasper racked the semiautomatic handgun twice, causing a round of ammunition to fall to the ground. Then he fled, but later gave Madison police officers permission to search his nearby apartment. The officers found a box of ammunition matching the round found at the bus stop.

Madison libraries, streets division to host composting classes

Madison Public Library will be hosting a series of home composting classes led by the city of Madison Streets Division at four locations, according to a release.

The classes, being taught by Madison?s Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann, cover home composting basics, an introduction to compostable materials, where to put your compost bin and how to tend to your compost, according to the release. Plans for building a compost bin will be available, and information about leaf management will be presented.

All classes are free of charge:

Madison Water Utility ends running water order

Hundreds of water customers in Madison who were asked to keep their water running this winter can finally turn their water off.

Madison Water Utility announced Monday the frost line has receded to the point where the more than 650 customers in high-risk areas can stop running a constant stream of water to avoid frozen laterals.

The request to run water started in February, and the utility thawed 300 frozen laterals. There are only a handful of frozen laterals during a typical winter, according to the utility.

Many of the high-risk areas are dead ends and cul-de-sacs.

Customers who were asked to run water will receive a credit on their next bill based on average water use over the last three years. The credit might extend beyond one billing cycle.

Other communities in southern Wisconsin have also been lifting running water orders as the ground thaws.