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A most fowl development

Tina Hinchley raised nine turkeys this year on her family's dairy farm in Cambridge. The largest weighs 50 to 60 pounds, and when he's dressed, Hinchley says, he "will have trouble fitting into the oven." Hinchley keeps the birds largely because of the farm's educational and entertainment component; she and her husband give tours and host events. "I think it's important for the kids to know what turkeys look like," says Hinchley. "They're spectacular. It's amazing how enormous they can get in four to six months." >More
 Downtown MATC eyes new arts and culinary mission

Madison Area Technical College is looking to expand and repurpose its downtown campus into a center for the arts, possibly adding a public gallery and a gourmet dining room. MATC is preparing a request for proposals and seeking a developer to partner with at the site, located a block from Capitol Square on Wisconsin Avenue. >More
 A plan for the MPD Downtown Safety Initiative budget

Madison's Downtown Safety Initiative (DSI) began in 2006 after a string of downtown muggings. The $100,000 annual fund was created to provide for overtime to get more police on the streets late at night. >More
 Sheriff's deputies make their presence felt at Dane County budget meetings

During recent budget deliberations by the Dane County Board, one group has consistently stood out. They come dressed in black T-shirts that read: "DCDSA: Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association." Most of the deputies stand silently, while spokespeople condemn the board for contemplating 3% salary cuts with eight furloughed days. >More
 Madison Metro ridership takes a hit

When Mayor Dave Cieslewicz pushed through a 50-cent bus-fare hike earlier this year, opponents predicted a catastrophic drop in riders. It's probably too soon for either side to claim they were right, but Madison Metro ridership has been dropping since May, a month after the cash fare rose from $1.50 to $2. And the more important number -- paid ridership -- began dropping in July. >More
 No recession for Madison parks

Some members of Madison's Common Council have challenged, so far without success, the mayor's plans to include money for a downtown library and renovated Edgewater Hotel in his 2010 capital budget. But one area where they seem eager to increase spending is on city parks. >More
 Starting a dialogue on homelessness

The third season of Dialogues on Homelessness kicks off Saturday, Oct. 17, at the downtown Madison Public Library, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to everyone. >More
 Talking transit

The Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association is hosting a seminar all day Thursday at Warner Park Community Center, to talk about transit in Madison. The event will include national and local mass transit experts, including Mark Huffer of the Kansas City Transportation Authority. >More
 Where's that confounded park?

Nathanial Abrams figured it was okay to play R&B music from his boombox in Lisa Link Peace Park on Sept. 16. He was wrong. A Madison police officer wrote him a ticket for violating city ordinance 24.04. >More
 Mike Verveer wants new benches without the bum-proofing

This summer, city workers installed dividers on some benches around Capitol Square at the behest of the Central Business Improvement District to keep people from sleeping on them. >More
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