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Sikhs in Madison area call for healing, greater understanding

Sikhs in the Madison area are offering prayers and turning to lessons of tolerance and peace to deal with the massacre Sunday at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee.

Federal authorities are calling the shooting in Oak Creek that left seven people dead, included the gunman, an act of domestic terrorism against the Sikhs.

Local Sikhs said many in their congregation know and interact with the Sikhs in Oak Creek.

In this time of tragedy, rather than turning to differences, local Sikhs and those hoping to support them are coming together.

"It embodies our faith and our culture and who we are," said Bimal Pangly, a member of the Sikh Society of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pangly called her place of worship her second home.

"To be a Sikh is to basically live a peaceful lifestyle," said Pangly. "That's what it means to me."

Ridgewood wins rain delayed All-City swim meet

It took them a little longer to do it than normal, but the members of the Ridgewood swim team are All-City Swim Meet champions for the third straight year.

Ridgewood beat Middleton 2003 to 1876 in the three day event at the Hawks Landing pool on Madison's far West Side.

The meet wasn't decided until 7:15 p.m. Saturday, due to a four hour rain delay.

Ridgewood fielded the largest team ever in All-City history, bringing 266 swimmers to the meet.

Monona came in third, followed by Parkcrest.

Shorewood, who came in to the All-City meet undefeated, ended up fifth, 2 1/2 points ahead of Seminole.

Next year, the 13 teams of the Madison All-City league will head to Middleton for the annual meet.

Man who drowned in Lake Superior from Middleton

A person who drowned in Lake Superior off the north shore of Long Island is identified by officials as a Middleton man.

Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan says 74-year-old Charles Conklin was reported missing while swimming about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Bayfield Fire Department's dive team also responded to the call.

The Ashland Daily Press said Conklin's body was recovered in about 14 feet of water about three hours later. Long Island is part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

All-City Dive Meet is proud tradition for Hearn family

More than 330 divers from 12 Madison pools were in Middleton on Monday for the All-City Swim Meet's diving competition.

For one Madison family, the All-City Dive Meet has been a proud tradition for nearly two decades.

"All City, I can honestly say, means tradition to the Hearn family," said 22-year-old Morgan Hearn.

Since 1994, the four Hearn siblings have been making a splash at the All-City Dive Meet.

"I guess I started it all, huh?" said 24-year-old Kiley Hearn, who began diving at age 7.

Her younger siblings Morgan, Sheridan and Frank all followed suit.

"I developed my true passion for it and it's been a huge part of my life, and I love the risk factor of the team atmosphere and everything," Morgan Hearn said.

Watertown man charged with 4th OWI in 5 years

A Watertown man faces his fourth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after being arrested in Middleton early Saturday morning.

The incident happened just after midnight Saturday in the 2000 block of Allen Boulevard.

According to police, a car driven by John Stephens, 52, was swerving on Allen Boulevard. near University Avenue. Officers stopped the vehicle and gave Stephens a sobriety test.

Police said Stephens failed the sobriety test and had open intoxicants inside the vehicle. Stephens also faces charges of operating after revocation and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to police. �

Police said Stephens is being held at the Dane County Jail.

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Stylists develop new product for female hair loss

It's a trait mostly associated with men, but the American Academy of Dermatology said hair loss affects 30 million American women as well.

The medical term is androgenetic alopecia, and for women, the causes can vary from pregnancy, menopause to simply stress. It's why salons hope a new product developed and tested in Madison can help clients around the country.

"I try not to dwell on vanity," said Sherrol Yurs, who has experienced hair loss. "You want to try and look the best that you can, and when you're missing something that makes you feel like you're a whole woman, it's hard."

Yurs said she started losing her hair when she was pregnant with her first child 25 years ago.

"You know, it's just kind of an embarrassment." Yurs said. "Having thin hair is really hard for a woman."

Stylists at Aniu Salon in Middleton said Yurs is not alone, but finding the right solution for women has been a challenge.