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Memorial Union renovation design committee discusses Terrace view, oak tree

The debate over some aspects of the planned remodeling of the Memorial Union continued Tuesday night, as the building's Reinvestment Design Committee met to prioritize a budget and address $5.2 million in cuts to the project, which should begin in the autumn of 2012. >More
 Progressive editor Matt Rothschild, 17 others arrested for using cameras in Wisconsin Assembly gallery

The longtime editor of The Progressive magazine was arrested in the Wisconsin Assembly gallery for taking photos of the arrest of another citizen who had been taking photos of proceedings on the Assembly floor. "We ought to have a right to take a picture," Matt Rothschild told the conservation warden escorting him Tuesday night for ticketing. >More
 Nuns smoke pot, cops get drunk at Freakfest 2011 Halloween party in Madison

I saw strange and disturbing sights at Saturday's Freakfest Halloween party on State Street. In a brazen challenge to Catholic authority, nuns openly smoked pot. A depraved Super Mario traded sloppy kisses with a French maid. A crowd-surfing robot got dropped on his head, surely necessitating time in the repair shop. >More
 Easiest Halloween costume ever: Make your own Paul Soglin mask

These easy-to-follow steps will have you looking like "Hizzoner Da Mare" in no time! Simply pair with a Hawaiian shirt and grumpy demeanor and your friends will wonder how Mayor Paul Soglin got an invitation to their fright night festivities. >More
 We go way back with Mark Block, Herman Cain's chief of staff and 'smoking guy'

We first became aware of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's chief of staff Mark Block as he emceed the Tax Day Tea Party rally on the Capitol Square in 2009. We then ran into Block at Scott Walker's inaugural ball in January where he was nice enough to answer some questions for us on video. It was during this conversation when we first heard Herman Cain's name. >More
 Wisconsin Republicans break promise to focus on jobs over social issues

The story line is neither new nor unique to Wisconsin: Republicans in power promise to focus on jobs and the economy. GOP lawmakers introduce bills on divisive social issues once the Legislature convenes. >More
 The League of Women Voters goes bold with voter ID lawsuit

Generally, the League of Women Voters isn't perceived as a great threat to anybody. The 91-year-old group, which was born out of the campaign for women's suffrage, is best known for sponsoring candidate debates and providing the candidates' position on issues to voters. >More
 What's left to give to Wisconsin non-profits?

United Way of Dane County and other groups are in the middle of their annual workplace fundraising drives, and one big question looms: How will the cuts to public-sector workers affect donations this year? >More
 A place to call home

When Isthmus first wrote about Kevin Corcoran, the disabled liver donor recipient had just agreed to vacate the Madison apartment he and his partner, Myrna Ulrich, shared because they were $10,000 behind on rent. Corcoran, who also has chronic pain from hepatitis B he contracted from a blood transfusion in the 1970s, fell behind on rent because he spent much of his $1,600 monthly income on medical visits and prescriptions. >More
 Occupy Madison sustains general assembly process, moves near Monona Terrace

About 25 people gathered at the Occupy Madison encampment at the top of State Street early Tuesday night to determine their plans for Halloween weekend and the Freakfest block party. >More
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