Marc Marotta's death, Chief Justice Abrahamson's fight, canine flu and more.

Our pick of the best reads for this sodden Thursday morning.


Local attorney and BMO Harris Bradley Center Chairman Marc Marotta died Wednesday afternoon after a brain aneurysm. Marotta, 52, also played basketball for Marquette University in the 1980s.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit yesterday after voters approved a constitutional amendment that would likely result in her demotion.


The Sabra company announced a nationwide recall of its hummus because of possible contamination.


Madison has a confirmed case of the canine flu, which is active in the Chicago area.  The illness can be spread from dog to dog, although not to humans or cats.


Good grief: New research suggests that short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that people who carry the genetic variants that lower heart are more likely to develop coronary heart disease.