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Local filmmakers mix politics and horror genre

Local filmmakers mix politics and horror genre

People may come for the politics, but they will stay for the gore. That’s what director and lover of the horror genre Adam Schabow hopes as he makes the low-budget, independent zombie film New World Horror around Wisconsin this summer.

The unique horror movie, complete with Tea Party zombies, is set to begin filming in mid-May. Shooting will take place in Janesville, Milwaukee and Madison, and Schabow hopes to gain access to the capital for filming.

New World Horror has already received pushback from the conservative right.

Schabow said that the “knee-jerk” reaction to the pre-production film fits a theme found in the movie: Don’t judge a book (or in this case, movie) by its cover (or teaser poster). “It’s interesting because that is definitely one of the themes of the movie and we’re seeing it play out,” he said.

Police: 5 holes in house could be from gunfire

Madison police said five holes found in a home on Pflaum Road could be from gunfire.

The 59-year-old homeowner told police he heard what he thought was fireworks or a car backfiring around midnight Saturday and found five holes in front of his house Sunday morning.

Police said the one-centimeter holes could have been from gunfire. No shell casings were found.

MPD gets military vehicle to provide moving cover in tactical situations

The Madison Police Department has a new tool that will help improve the safety of its officers and citizens. It is the same tool that kept American servicemen and women safe in Iraq and Afghanistan: an MRAP.

The MRAP, or mine resistant ambush protection vehicle, was created in response to insurgent and terrorist use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The government built approximately 20,000 MRAPs. With the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ending, the government is making some MRAPs available to local law enforcement agencies.

The cost of each MRAP was originally around $650,000. Through what is called the 1033 program the federal government makes them available to law enforcement agencies for free. The only expense for Madison to get theirs was the cost of going to Indianapolis and driving it back.

Middleton wins Morgan Stanley Shoot Out

The Middleton boys golf team won the 22nd annual Morgan Stanley shoot out Thursday at University Ridge golf course.

The Cardinals No.1 golfer Josh Haunty was the individual medalist after shooting a 70. His two-day total was 145, four shots better than second place.

Middleton's Brady Thomas and Waunakee's Max Murphy tied for second with a two-day totals of 149.

Middleton had a two-day team total of 598. Memorial finished with a 639, which was one shot better than Edgewood, 640.

MMSD: 5 schools will have new principals, including Memorial High School

District officials announced Thursday five new principals will start at Madison schools over the summer.

Elvehjem Elementary School, Falk Elementary School, Orchard Ridge Elementary School, O?Keeffe Middle School and Memorial High School will be getting new principals, officials said.

Sarah Larson will be the new principal at Elvehjem Elementary School. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of education, and has served as a literacy instructional resource teacher with MMSD since 2012.

Grace Okoli will be the new principal at Falk Elementary School. She has served as the assistant principal at Stephens Elementary School in MMSD since 2013.

Becky Kundert will be the new principal at Orchard Ridge Elementary School. She has worked in MMSD since 2001, and has been the assistant principal for the past two years at Chavez Elementary School.

City asks residents to help save the ash trees

City asks residents to help save the ash trees

At the end of March, the city's Parks Division launched an Adopt-A-Park-Tree Program intended to help save trees endangered by one of Madison's newest residents -- the emerald ash borer. The small, invasive green-colored beetles were first discovered in Madison last November. Originating from Asia, the insect's larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees and have already killed millions of trees in other parts of Wisconsin and across the country.

"It is an invasive insect and 30 percent of the trees in our streetscape and the parks are ash," said Laura Whitmore, spokeswoman for the city of Madison Parks Division.

Airport project creates demand for parking, adds 1,600 new spaces

A parking expansion construction project at the Dane County Regional Airport is creating high demand for parking, and officials are recommending travelers plan extra time to park.

The ramp and adjoining surface lot closest to the terminal may reach full capacity during the construction, according to a release from the Dane County Regional Airport.

Officials are urging travelers to arrive at least two hours before a flight?s departure time to allow extra time for parking and security screening.

Signage near the airport will provide up-to-date parking availability, and live updates will be posted on the airport?s Twitter account, according to the release. A free shuttle will operate between the economy lot and the terminal building from 4 a.m. until the last flight arrives each day.