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Future uncertain for fire-damaged Capitol Hill Apartments building

The owner of the historic Capitol Hill Apartments building at 24 N. Webster St. hopes he'll be able to rehab the property following a June 30 fire that displaced 27 residents and shuttered two ground-level businesses. "The building is very near and dear to his heart," says Bonnie Brink, referring to the building's owner, Duane Hendrickson. >More
 Teens may suffer under new Wisconsin labor laws

Teen unemployment in Wisconsin, which hovers around 19%, may drop now that the state has eased restrictions on the hours per day, and days per week, that minors can work. One of the arguments made by the Wisconsin Grocers Association, which supported changing the state's child labor laws, was that the new rules would allow teens to better compete with adults for jobs. >More
 Unemployment benefits stalled by Wisconsin legislature

Unless legislators are called into a special session, a bill authorizing a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits likely won't be introduced until the Legislature reconvenes in September, some say. "They called a special session for the special interests," says Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). "Why can't they call one to help the unemployed people who are hurting? There is no reason why we couldn't have gotten this done." >More
 Cool Choices takes on climate change through voluntary action

Kathy Kuntz approaches climate change with one goal in mind: Whatever you do, make combating it fun, popular and easy. In fact, when Kuntz and her colleague rolled out the first pilot program for their nonprofit Cool Choices on Earth Day in April, the term climate change didn't even come up. >More
 Recall them all! The upcoming elections could turn Wisconsin politics upside down

"I've never seen the voters of this state so divided," says state Rep. Fred Clark. The 52-year-old forester (D-Baraboo) is giving me a firsthand glimpse of the bitter division as he goes door-to-door in Coloma, telling residents of the working-class rural community why they should dispose of their current senator, Republican Luther Olsen, in favor of him. >More
 Walker opponents take to Wisconsin's waters with protest flotillas

Wisconsin has a new protest movement, and it's on a boat. Protesters took advantage of one of the state's many bodies of water to move their "Recall Walker" message a little closer to the subject of the protest this weekend. >More
 New McDonald's at Madison East Shopping Center rankles residents

Residents of an east-side neighborhood are furious over the city's latest urban infill project: a McDonald's that is slated to be built in the parking lot of the Madison East Shopping Center on East Washington Avenue. "How does a fast-food restaurant fall into the plan of making things more urban?" asks Mary Jo Walters, an area resident. >More
 Isthmus hires Judith Davidoff as news editor

Isthmus has hired veteran Madison journalist Judith Davidoff as its news editor. Davidoff, who replaces Bill Lueders, is currently the news editor at the Capital Times and one of Wisconsin's most respected writers. >More
 Comedian Nick Mortensen tweets about downtown Madison apartment fire (updated)

As is increasingly the case with social media, those hoping to learn more about the apartment building fire at the corner of Webster and East Mifflin Streets Thursday morning turned to Twitter. Madison comedian Nick Mortensen was among those displaced and wasted little time in putting his own inimitable stamp on the coverage. >More
 View photos and video of the Capitol Hill Apartments fire on Webster in downtown Madison

The Capitol Hill Apartments building at 24 North Webster Street, in the heart of downtown Madison, was the scene of a major fire early Thursday morning, with dozens of firefighters responding to the scene. Photos and video follow. >More
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