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Behind the headlines

Last week's announcement of Isthmus' sale made headlines far beyond the state's borders. While I would love to say it was because people love Madison and Isthmus, a large part of it had to do with one of our new owners, Mark Tauscher, who was a beloved pro football player in his former life. Missing from the headlines was the group of pros who helped us get this deal done. >More
 The view from our window

Here at 101 King St., we've had a great perch overlooking the Capitol Square, literally watching the world go by. Right smack in the middle of news, events, parties and demonstrations " just where Isthmus should be. Loads of memories as I look out the window: >More
 Vince O'Hern starts a newspaper, creates a family

When I moved to Madison in the 1980s, it was a hot spot for alternative weekly newspapers. Myself, I liked the one with the funny name -- Isthmus -- but there were plenty of other choices, like City Lights and Free for All. Who would have predicted that the one with the funny name would survive them all and prosper into the 21st century? >More
 Red Card and Mark Tauscher team up to buy Isthmus

At first glance, the above headline appears to be straight out of The Onion. I should know -- I spent 15 years of my life working on America's Finest News Source: 10 owning the rights to The Onion in Colorado and five for Onion Inc. here in Madison. But I assure you, the Red Card meal-plan organization and former Badgers and Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher really are teaming up to buy Isthmus. We are excited about it and hope you will be too. >More
 To the Death

Observant readers will have noticed that the motto of this newspaper is "To the Death." Fear not, through the more than 38 years Isthmus has been published, no life has been lost in its production. >More
 The best of the worst

As America prepares to take the weekend off to celebrate our status as land of the free and home of the soccer-deprived, Isthmus presents an appropriate theme on our cover this week: "America's Worst Politicians." >More
 A helping paw

In the universe of pet owners, there is a faction known as "dog people" and another known as "cat people." And it is true that there is a different psychological appeal to the animals. Some people like the intelligence and independence exhibited by felines, while others are captured by the capacity for unreserved affection and loyalty that comes with a dog. Popularly, these factions don't mix, assuming they interact like, say, dogs and cats. The reality is that there are plenty of dogs and cats that get along together. Like many other things, it all depends on how one was brought up. >More
 Of mayors and music

This week, in our cover and news stories, we feature a couple of Madisonians who seek to alter business as usual in this town. One is an illustrious name, the other not so much, but hoping. The illustrious one is Richard Davis, jazz legend on the upright bass who has been a Madison resident and UW music professor for 37 years. He's the headliner at the Isthmus Jazz Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday at the UW Memorial Union. He's the subject of Bob Jacobson's story "The Face of the Bass," which previews his concert in Shannon Hall. >More
 City notes

I recall that last year's inaugural Make Music Madison was a damp affair in the morning, giving rise to an iconic vignette: a solo trumpeter standing under a tree playing "Stormy Weather." Perfect. >More
 Our American problem

Here we go, talking about race again. It seems we're having this conversation more and more in our media " a long playing-out of the issue that persists in commanding our attention, even when we're trying to ignore it.

For the last 200 years or so the American narrative has been about political self-determination, the Declaration of Independence, the Monroe Doctrine. But a century into that history, the issue of race inserted itself into the national debate. Race, in the form of slavery-era politics, wasn't the only cause of the Civil War, but it decidedly was one of the main factors.

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