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Madison may cut trash pickup overtime during 'Hippie Christmas' in August

If a city of Madison budget-cutting measure is approved, the annual midsummer curbside garbage bonanza known as "Hippie Christmas" could last for weeks instead of days. >More
 Madison police to launch new unit aimed at chronic offenders

The Madison Police Department wants to start a crime unit to target so-called career criminals who make their living primarily from crime. "With Madison becoming more urban, we believe a career criminal can function more easily here," says Police Chief Noble Wray. "Years ago, a career criminal would stick out more, but when a community grows, it's easier to function." >More
 Madison could have dueling police academies

The Madison Police Department wants to borrow $3.8 million over the next two years to expand its new east-side training facility, at 5702 Femrite Dr. >More
 Who will follow Kathleen Falk as Dane County Executive?

After County Executive Kathleen Falk shocked everyone Monday by announcing she plans to step down mid-term next April, attention turned immediately to who would fill her shoes. The election next spring would be for a two-year term instead of the usual four years. >More
 Nancy Mistele launches 'The Founders' Compass'

One candidate many expect to run for county executive is conservative Nancy Mistele, who lost to Falk in 2009. Mistele says she's thinking about it but is preoccupied with a new venture. >More
 Mayor Dave's 2011 budget priorities

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz released his draft operating budget this week, calling for a 2.9% increase in the tax levy, which would hike taxes on the average home by 4.8%. >More
 Death and donations

At a city committee meeting this week, Kathleen Woit of the Madison Community Foundation mentioned the difficulty of making plans not knowing if or how much people will leave in their wills. >More
 Apology does the trick

Last month, we wrote about a couple whose wedding plans at Gates of Heaven in James Madison Park were abruptly canceled due to a mix-up involving Madison Parks Division staff. Ethan Fassbender and Mindi Stickel ended up having to find a new location for their wedding ceremony. >More
 Arts czar Rocco Landesman comes to Madison

While President Obama is scheduled to appear in Madison on Sept. 28, another Washington bigwig made a much quieter visit here last Thursday. >More
 Bird watching at Warner Park

On Monday, Trish O'Kane led a bird-scouting expedition into Warner Park. Her party included six students from Sherman Middle School, paired with environmental studies students from the UW-Madison. >More
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