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Tower power

I am standing at the base of a tube under about 300,000 gallons of water. There is no significant risk involved in standing here, but there's no denying my irrational sense of vulnerability as I gaze up more than 100 feet at the tank holding all that water. What would happen if it all came cascading down at once? >More
 1968: A wild time in Madison

In 1968, Madison was in fiscal and political disarray. There was chaos and destruction on campus. A large segment of the industrial east side was on strike, and city workers waged sick-leave job actions. The bus system teetered on the edge of failure. Crime spiked. Some Madison men died in Vietnam, while others -- along with some Madison women -- waged their war at home. >More
 1968: They said it

'I consider myself a radical, but I don't consider myself a revolutionary.' - First-year Madison Ald. Paul Soglin, Dec. 16, 1968 >More
 1968: And the band played on

1968 was a magnificent year for music in Madison >More
 1968: Names in the news

Army coach Bobby Knight, 27, is named the UW's new head basketball coach on April 24. Knight considers the announcement "premature," and angrily declines the job. >More
 Madison songwriters channel war and bitter politics to advance the grand tradition of protest music

The protest song ain't what it used to be. Time was -- in Madison and almost anywhere else -- when hearing Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rage against the machine was a shared experience via records and radio. >More
 Death by prayer

It was 3:45 in the afternoon on Easter Sunday when Marathon County Medical Examiner John Larson was called to the St. Clare's Hospital emergency room in Weston, just outside Wausau, to investigate the death of a child. At the hospital Larson examined the dehydrated, emaciated body of 11-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann. Lines snaked into the lifeless girl's body. >More
 Eric Hainstock: Free at last

Eric Hainstock's first letter to Isthmus, dated April 15, 2008, got right to the point: "When I was 15 years old I shot my high school principal. I never meant for this to happen. He grabbed me from behind and I got scared. I was already pretty stressed, so that freaked me out even more. Please don't get me wrong, I am not blaming Mr. Klang for grabbing me. But I am blaming him, the teachers, social services and the school as a whole for never listening to me.... No one ever listened." >More
 American Idol and beyond

To invite a girl who's beautiful and charming, and who's been on American Idol -- twice! -- and who's regarded in many quarters as Madison's brightest musical hope, you might imagine the boys would have been lined up all the way to Monona Drive. But she wasn't a party person like the popular kids, because "parties put you in a position to get in trouble, and trouble's not something I want to be in." >More
 Don't I know you?

Madison, by all accounts, has a rich cast of characters. A very few are famous (okay, one: John Nichols), and some are locally well known. And then there are those who, because of what they do, are recognizable but seldom in the spotlight. We see and hear them, but don't know much about them. >More
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