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If you're one of the folks who have been dreaming of a white Christmas, you can wake up now and go grab a shovel, for your dreams have come true. Actually, we've pretty much gotten our recent snowfalls cleaned up, except for a few of you. You know who you are, and so do your neighbors. Get out there. We want to see some pavement. >More
 Hammer time

I presume that all of my fellow home-owning citizens are in receipt of their Real Property Tax Bill, the annual assessments we pay to the state, county and municipal governments and the school district, for the privilege of living within their jurisdictions. Okay, so I'm being a little sarcastic there. The money goes for all those snowplows and streetlights and classrooms, and the people who operate them. >More
 Games people play

You may have noticed, but probably didn't unless you are a games aficionado, that writer Aaron R. Conklin has returned to our pages. It's been about four years since he contributed, but now he's back on a weekly basis, starting last week, to provide our coverage of the booming gaming world. >More
 Arms and the man

Imagine you're sitting in a west-side eatery and a half-dozen guys come in sporting iron on their hips. By this I mean they are carrying guns holstered at their sides. They mill about and talk a little too loud, wanting to be noticed. Do you make eye contact? Do you wonder what these guys want and if you are in danger? Now go read staff writer Joe Tarr's report "Locked and Loaded," our cover story for this week. >More
 Let's do the time warp

Here we are in one of those strange holiday weeks, when our time references become completely altered and the rhythm is gone from our routine. Thus I write before the fact for you to read as if it were after the fact. In which case I hope you have a happy Turkey Day. >More
 Let the giving begin

The first annual Isthmus Independent Business Awards were presented at an inspiring ceremony at the Eldorado Grill last Monday, honoring the eight local entrepreneurs selected in the contested categories. It was an uplifting affair that engendered camaraderie and good feelings. Congratulations again to all the winners. >More
 Town and gown

The University of Wisconsin is undeniably one of the great assets of the city of Madison, not to mention the state. The university is about to demonstrably emphasize its link with the larger community when it officially opens the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a $210 million research, exposition and educational complex, on Dec. 2. In anticipation of this new chapter of university/community interaction, we present two articles in this issue, one regarding the complex and one about the future of the university. >More
 Biz whizzes

Regardless of how one might feel about the results of Tuesday's election, all can rejoice that the campaign season is over, for now, and we are freed of the incessant pounding of partisan ads. On to other things, less dramatic choices. Among those are the results of the first annual Isthmus Independent Business Awards, an undemocratic but reputable selection of local lights on the local scene. >More
 Things that go bump in the night

The atmosphere is certainly getting spooky. Strange characters are on the loose. Frightening predictions of doom are everywhere. The airways are filled with warnings that evil incarnate is at the door. Yes, it's almost Election Day. But before we get there, we're doing Halloween - also very creepy but much more fun. In our edition this week we acknowledge both of these auspicious days. >More
 Mad toon

Time marches on, things change, trends appear. We've got that for you in this issue. As for "time marches on," I refer you to a newish feature in Isthmus, the cartoon offering "Off the Square." >More
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