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Occupy Madison assembles at Reynolds Park, organizes via social media and in person

The "delegates" at the Sunday night general assembly of Occupy Madison waved their arms in the air to show pleasant approval of the meeting's agenda list. One item held immediate consequences for the group: What had resulted from the negotiations between activists and Madison Police Department earlier that day? Would the contingent that had been sleeping overnight in Reynolds Park since Friday be allowed to extend its stay into the week? >More
 Congestion at Memorial Union makes some wish for a city depot

Now that the Badger Bus terminal on West Washington Avenue is long gone, the UW Memorial Union is becoming the city's de facto bus depot. On any given day up to 31 intercity buses, from five bus lines, stop at the Union. Only two of the lines are specifically authorized to stop there. >More
 State Street owners peeved by reduction in complimentary Freakfest 2011 tickets

Heated debate broke out at a meeting Wednesday between city officials and State Street merchants. The city announced at the meeting it would drop from four to three the number of complimentary tickets State Street stores that close at or before 6 p.m. would get for this year's Freakfest on Saturday, October 29, which effectively closes down the street to pedestrians and shoppers beginning at 7 p.m. >More
 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
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