It's Wednesday, June 25 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: We're looking at a very mild day with the humidity dropping a little bit this afternoon. There's a chance for showers later in the day. Highs will be in the upper 70s. Full forecast
1. RHYTHM AND BOOMS
Rhythm and Booms organizers are asking people not to bring water to the event. The head of Madison Festivals, Inc. says the group is relying on concessions to cover a third of the cost, more than $240,000. Water will cost $2 for 20 ounces and refill stations are planned on John Nolen Drive. The Madison Fire Department reminds people to drink plenty of water, even if they are paying for it. Full story
2. MITCH HENCK
Long-time Madison radio host Mitch Henck is no longer on the air. The host of “Outside The Box” on WIBA-AM told News 3 he had seen the decision coming but was still surprised when he was told he was let go after his show on Monday. He hosted the morning talk show for more than 12 years. Full story
3. AIR CONDITIONING UNIT RECALL
Trane is recalling some air conditioning systems due to a possible shock hazard. The ground screws don't have the right threads in them to keep the units grounded, and people could get shocked in the process. It is the XB300 models in gray and black. You can check if your unit is affected in the full story.
4. CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE
Concerts on the Square start up again tonight. Head on over to the King Corner of the Capitol Square at 7 p.m. You can start putting blankets on the lawn at 3 p.m. Isabella Wu, the winner of the 2014 Young Artist Concerto Competition, is tonight's guest artist.
In national news...
1. IRAQ CRISIS
The road to Baghdad: The seesaw claims and counterclaims of who controls what across Iraq fluctuate by the day. But on the outskirts of Baghdad, the eerie sparseness of a major highway raises questions about whether the capital would be prepared for a militant invasion. The Iraqi military insists it's ready to beat back members of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria if they reach Baghdad. Full story
2. PRIMARY ELECTIONS
You keep me hangin’ on: The “Lion of Harlem” is still a contender. Charlie Rangel, a 44-year House of Representatives vet, appears to have won his Democratic primary bid yesterday – and that’s a small wonder given Obama and New York Mayor de Blasio wouldn’t endorse him. Down in Mississippi, African-American Democrats handily voted Republican to save incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran – a six-termer – from a Tea Party challenger. In five more states, voters cast their ballots for party favorites. Full story
3. WORLD CUP SUAREZ
Boys, no biting!: Some guys just won’t behave, and Luis Suarez might be one of them. The footballer from Uruguay was disciplined twice before for biting opposing players, and yesterday, at the World Cup it looks like he did it again. After he and Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini had a run-in, Chiellini pulled down his jersey and carped that Suarez had bitten him. Suarez said his teeth just collided with the shoulder. FIFA might not buy that and is thinking of punishing him. Oh, Uruguay won 1-0. Full story
4. BOEHNER VS. OBAMA
I’ll sue. I think. Presidents like to use executive orders to get things done, especially when partisan politics throw up roadblocks. Obama is no exception. But that has irked conservative Republicans, who have pushed House Speaker John Boehner to sue Obama for misuse of power. Boehner said yesterday he is thinking about doing that. It didn’t stop him from having a cheery game of golf yesterday with the President. (Wonder if midterm elections have anything to do with the threat.) Full story
5. KFC SCARRED GIRL
A fairy tale? Remember that poor little girl, who was supposedly turned away by a KFC restaurant in Mississippi because her face was injured by an attack dog? The 3-year-old got a lot of attention on social media, including donations on GoFundMe. KFC even apologized and donated $30,000 for Victoria's treatment. Well, that story may have been a hoax. That’s what a local newspaper reported – citing unnamed sources. Full story