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Madison parking cashiers plead for their jobs

Automation, long the trend in parking, is expected to eliminate almost all of the city of Madison's 34 parking cashiers in the next six years. But those cashiers are fighting back, arguing that they do far more than take people's money. >More
 Big plans for Overture area?

The Overture Center wouldn't exist without the generosity of Jerry Frautschi, whose original $205 million donation allowed it to be built. This summer, Frautschi was once again the man of Overture's hour when he helped put together a deal to erase the center's debt -- and led a group that kicked in $15 million to make it happen. >More
 Overture Center looks to the future

A Connecticut-based consultant, AMS Planning and Research, last week presented a five-year plan for the struggling Overture Center. It calls for more Broadway shows, more ticket sales and more fundraising to make the arts center financially stable. >More
 Madison sober-server law cut off

At its last meeting, the Alcohol License Review Committee voted unanimously to place on file (Madison-speak for "kill") an ordinance that would have banned drinking on the job by restaurant and bar staff. >More
 Grace Episcopal homeless shelter to get makeover

Epic Systems is donating a large chunk of money to Porchlight Inc. to renovate its emergency men's shelter in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church, on West Washington Avenue, where some homeless people and their advocates have criticized conditions. >More
 Joel Plant departs Madison mayoral office for Milwaukee PD

Joel Plant, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's neighborhood liaison, this week ended his job with the city. He's leaving (pending final approval) for a job as chief of staff with the Milwaukee Police Department, in his hometown, after five years here. >More
 Madison Landmarks Commission staffer arrives at pivotal time

People came to the Landmarks Commission meeting Monday night just to get a peek at Madison's new preservation planner. The position has been vacant since December 2008, when Kitty Rankin -- the first and only person to hold the job -- retired after 30 years. Since then, historic preservation has become a focal point of political battles. >More
 Brett Hulsey's green sheen questioned

As the owner of a consulting group called Better Environmental Solutions, county Supv. Brett Husley would seem to have a great résumé. But Hulsey, one of several candidates who have declared interest in Black's 77th district seat, is getting blowback from some prominent environmentalists over his consulting work. >More
 Not lovin' the McDonalds on East Wash

The McDonald's restaurant at 3051 E. Washington Ave. wants to move down the street, because the pedestrian bridge that stretches across the road is hurting business. >More
 New downtown Madison parking meters 'a pain'

When you park downtown these days, it may be tempting to pull out your credit card and use one of those fancy new parking meters that take credit cards as well as cash. Not so fast: Some three months after they've been installed, none of the 14 meters are operational. >More
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