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University Crossing redevelopment gets council approval

Before the Madison Common Council voted unanimously to approve the University Crossing redevelopment project at the corner of Whitney Way and University Avenue, Noel Radomski, president of the Glen Oak Hills neighborhood association, predicted the area alderman, Mark Clear, would be tossed out of office over it. >More
 Madison Common Council votes to revoke R Place on Park liquor license

After the Madison Common Council voted Tuesday night to revoke the alcohol license for south side saloon R Place on Park, owner Roderick "Rick" Flowers vowed to continue his fight with the city to keep his bar open. "I'm going to sue them," an upset Flowers said outside the council chambers after the vote. He added that he had already started planning for the court battle in anticipation of Tuesday night's public hearing and vote. >More
 Mary Lazich circulates Wisconsin sex ed bill emphasizing abstinence and marriage

Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) is looking for cosponsors for a bill that would require school districts that offer sex education to emphasize abstinence as the "preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils" and the "only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections." >More
 Madison police inform the public directly, and often amusingly, with online incident reports

Police incident reports have long been sources of public information and reality-based entertainment. Way before the advent of shows like Cops, local police blotters, often published in suburban and small-town weeklies, provided citizens with unvarnished information about their community, along with a little gossip and some laughter over the drunken misfortune of a well-known neighbor. >More
 Kevin Corcoran's plight reveals holes in Dane County's safety net

While waiting to meet with an eviction mediator at the Dane County Courthouse, Kevin Corcoran rubs one hand over his arthritic right knee while clutching a court notice in his other. Corcoran, a liver transplant recipient who gets around slowly with the aid of a four-legged walker, is just coming off a highly resistant staph infection known as MRSA. >More
 Neighbors with Yahararocks object to city plans for shredded rubber surface

Mark Adkins sent out the first SOS on Sept. 20. The subject line on the email: Yahara Park destroyed today! Adkins was dismayed that city workers were at the park that morning digging out playground gravel in order to replace it with shredded rubber from recycled tires. >More
 Atwood-area businesses seek to band together

If you've lived in Madison for more than 20 years or so, you may remember when the east-side neighborhood surrounding Winnebago Street and Atwood Avenue had a pretty seedy reputation. The neighborhood cinema, a 1928 Italian Renaissance-style movie palace equipped with a Kilgen theater organ, had become a disreputable porn house. Like much of the surrounding neighborhood, it had fallen into disrepair. Many Madisonians considered the area a crime magnet. >More
 Westport natural area increases from 14 to 217 acres

A little north of Madison, on the way to Waunakee on Hwy. 113, turn right onto Bong Road. Yeah, it's an easy name to remember, Beavis. You're heading for the Westport Drumlin State Natural Area, 217 acres of conserved land devoted to remnant prairies, the hills of glacial till known as drumlins, and the largest stand of the threatened prairie bush clover in southern Wisconsin -- 1,400-some plants. >More
 Funky Town: Can Willy Street go upscale and still maintain its character?

As John Martens tells it, Willy Street is losing that special something that makes it, well, Willy Street. It's overdeveloped, he says, with new buildings that lack imagination. Gentrification is choking its social diversity. A small handful of politically savvy residents leverage too much power. Williamson Street, he says, is beginning to look like Monroe Street. >More
 Workers rally at Wisconsin Capitol to set the record straight on U.S. Postal Service budget

Postal workers rallied Tuesday in every congressional district across the country to dispel what they say is a campaign of misinformation about the U.S. Postal Service's fiscal situation and the source of its budgetary woes. >More
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