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Concerns are raised about accuracy of Wisconsin DOA protest estimates

Madison Police Captain Carl Gloede admits that when it comes to estimating crowd size, "there's no science behind how we do it." But Gloede is confident that the Madison Police commanders are good at guessing. "All of us commanders have 20-plus years of police experience," he says. "We don't like terming ourselves experts, but we've been around crowds enough." >More
 In quest for donations, GOP portrays protests as out of control

In more than three weeks of historic, 'round-the-clock protests at the Capitol involving hundreds of thousands of people, one thing has stood out: They have been overwhelmingly peaceful. In a news conference last week, Mike Huebsch, secretary of the Department of Administration, praised police and protesters alike, adding, "It's indicative of the fact that we can strongly disagree and not be disagreeable." >More
 Local officials never sought drastic changes in collective bargaining

Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans say they want to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees in part to give local governments and school boards the authority they've long sought to make unilateral adjustments to pensions and other benefits. As Walker said at his press conference last Friday, "To protect our schools, to protect our local governments, we need to give them the tools they've been asking for, not just for years but for decades." >More
 Fred Mohs to appeal Edgewater ruling

Madison property owner Fred Mohs expects to appeal a court decision over the Edgewater Hotel expansion that could significantly delay or even kill the $98 million project. A Dec. 30 decision by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas dismissed Mohs' lawsuit against the project. Colas wrote that the Common Council acted properly when it overruled a decision by the city's Landmarks Commission, which had denied the Edgewater project a certificate of appropriateness. >More
 City of Madison seeks bike hotspots

Now that Madison has approved a $300,000 deal to bring bike sharing here, officials must help decide where to locate the 35 planned kiosks for bike rentals and returns. >More
 A look at the five Madison aldermanic spring primaries in 2011

There are 41 candidates for 20 Common Council seats this spring. But only five of the seats involve a primary election on Feb. 15. >More
 Overture union member wants a pony

The Overture Center has settled its debt and is now restructuring itself under new management. But one Overture employee hasn't given up the fight. >More
 Overture Center looks ahead after settling debt

On Dec. 29, six private donors paid $15 million to settle the Overture Center's more than $28 million debt. >More
 Gov. Walker and Mayor Cieslewicz establish detente

It didn't have quite the gravity of President Richard Nixon meeting Mao Zedong in China. But on Martin Luther King Day, Mayor Dave met with Gov. Scott Walker for the first time. >More
 Bike sharing comes to Madison

Starting in May, Madison could have a full-blown bike-sharing program, similar to those in Denver and European cities. But even in bike-friendly Madison, the program is proving controversial. B-cycle is a partnership of three companies: Trek, the Innovation Center at Humana, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. It has programs in Denver, Chicago and Hawaii and is now branching out to four other cities, including Madison. >More
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