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Cop training, top Madison 2009 music, Kickshaw in the December 11 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:

  • Josh Wimmer profiles Mike Koval, the Madison Police Department's head of recruitment and training.

  • A report on a city proposal to ban tavern employees from drinking on the job.

  • Joe Tarr reports on a roof job that caved in on the nonprofit group Quaking Housing, in more ways than one.

  • Bill Lueders looks into what went wrong -- and right -- for Forest Shomberg, freed after six years in prison.

  • Rich Albertoni chooses the best 2009 albums by Madison musicians.

  • Rich Albertoni checks in with former Madisonian Carl Johns, who's in town to show off his latest music.

  • Jessica Steinhoff previews the Rathskeller performance by the gloomy-yet-happy Headlights.

  • Jay Rath says Madison Ballet is picking up the pieces from a recession-shattered year.

  • David Medaris reports on an art show for bike lovers.

  • Dean Robbins says Steven Seagal's reality show Lawman is shameless.

  • Marc Savlov is dazzled by the lush animation of Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

  • Erin Hanusa finds that Kickshaw brings prix fixe (by any other name) to Fitchburg.

  • Marcell Richards asks: Mole in your chili? Si! A prize-winning vegan version featuring seitan as well as chocolate stout and cocoa.

  • Linda Falkenstein reports that yes, Madison has a Russian Market hidden away on the Old Middleton Road.

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