Local • 3A, 6a
New life at Varsity Lanes
A former bowling alley could become more than a temporary space fix for the Milton School District, which recently extended its lease agreement with the company that owns the former Varsity Lanes Building near Milton High School through March 31. The district has used the space for athletics and academics since last year.
JPD: 13 car thefts in 2 months
The Janesville Police Department said it has identified 13 vehicle thefts in the area over the past two months. In 10 of the cases, keys were left in the vehicles. In six incidents, the vehicles were left running. A vehicle is stolen every 46 seconds in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. About 40 to 50 percent of the thefts are due to driver error, and only half of the vehicles are recovered.
State • 2A
2nd girl sentenced in stabbing
A Wisconsin girl who stabbed a classmate to curry favor with the fictional horror character Slender Man will be committed to a mental hospital for 40 years, Judge Michael Bohren ordered Thursday. He granted the maximum penalty prosecutors sought and discounted Morgan Geyser’s youth—she was just 12—at the time of the attack in 2014.
Nation/World • 5B-6B
GOP meets to set agenda
Congressional Republicans gathered at a West Virginia resort Thursday in search of a winning election-year agenda, facing the notion that the best they have to offer in 2018 may be a recitation of the tax cuts approved in 2017—and well aware of the looming threat of another government shutdown.
Study: More racism on campus
White supremacist groups have targeted college campuses in surging numbers since President Donald Trump’s election, according to a group that monitors extremism and bigotry. A report issued Thursday said racist fliers, banners and stickers were found on college campuses 147 times in fall 2017, a more than threefold increase over the 41 cases reported one year before.
Sports • 1B-3B
Wisconsin beaten again
The Badgers’ latest Big Ten loss—their seventh in eight games—was the result of an early collapse. UW trailed by 10 points just 3 minutes, 29 seconds into the game and didn’t hit its first field goal until 6:24 into the game. The result: Northwestern parlayed one strong half into an ugly but easy 60-52 victory over UW on Thursday night at the Kohl Center.