What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Boy, for a small summery 48-paper, we have a lot of good stuff packed in this week's issue. Begin with Tom Laskin's dining tour of fast-growing Middleton. Money magazine's favorite place to live has become a diner's delight with homegrown restaurants clustering downtown and tricked-out chains populating the office parks beyond the Beltline.
- Bill Lueders, meanwhile, bats two for two. In a news story, he reports how a little-noticed provision in the Assembly-passed budget bill would strip $13 million in funding to Wisconsin's public radio and TV stations. "It would basically take the Wisconsin out of Wisconsin Public Broadcasting," a broadcasting official tells him.
- In his opinion column, Lueders reveals that moments before police shot and killed a distraught Ronald Brandon for pointing what officers thought was a .38 revolver, his ex-wife frantically called 911 to say it was only a pellet gun. That information never made it to the crime scene, and Brandon's death has rekindled demands that the police use other tactics than lethal force.
- In the arts section, Rich Albertoni debriefs hip-hop MC and spoken-word poet Kyle "el guante" Myhre before the scene-maker heads to the Twin Cities to anchor his career in a bigger market.
- And veteran Madison chronicler Jay Rath stretches out to recount the glories and pleasures of the Memorial Union at its 100th anniversary.
- And, hey, read Jason Joyce's column to learn why mixed-martial-arts matches are so popular in peace-loving Madison.