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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
 Residents voice support for two-way traffic on East Johnson and Gorham streets

Whether East Johnson and East Gorham streets are transformed into two-way streets could well depend on who has more clout: residents or commuters. At least that's the way some residents see it. "It's going to be a political decision about whose voice is the loudest," Joe Lusson told city engineers at a neighborhood meeting Thursday night hosted by Capitol Neighborhoods. >More
 Madison tobacco retailer to Uncle Sam: Butt out

"I don't smoke, and I can't stand the smell of cigarettes," says Jason Clark, the founder and owner of Smokes on State, a store that sells a variety of tobacco products and tobacco (wink, wink) paraphernalia. Clark, a Wisconsin native, founded it and a similar store on the east side in May; he plans to relocate the State Street store to the west side soon. >More
 In defense of Tonette Walker

It can't be easy being Scott Walker's wife. What other Wisconsin governor, at least in recent memory, has gotten booed at the State Fair of all places? But the zingers Tonette Walker herself has received for hosting a fundraising party and croquet tournament this week to pay for remodeling at the Governor's Mansion haven't been entirely fair, says one member of the Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation. >More
 City approves St. Francis student high-rise over objections of neighboring Luther Memorial

At the end of an exhausting seven-hour meeting Tuesday night, the Madison Common Council narrowly approved a controversial demolition and construction project proposed by St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center on University Avenue, garnering 15 of the 15 votes required for approval. The project needed approval from three-quarters of the council because a protest petition against the proposal has been filed with the city. >More
 Gay veterans in Madison cheer the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Thirty-six years ago Jay Hatheway was court-martialed for violating the Army's ban on homosexuality. In response, he mounted the first constitutional challenge to the federal law banning homosexuality in the military. At the time, Hatheway was a commissioned Green Beret intelligence officer at a detachment in West Germany, so close to sensitive secrets that he was the first at his post to read a confidential White House telegram noting that Pres. Richard Nixon was set to resign the following day. >More
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