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Waking up in Walkerville: Dawn breaks on week two of the encampment

Like many who flocked to the Capitol grounds to demonstrate in recent months, Tolan Kilfoy-Flores had to take a break and recharge with some mac 'n' cheese pizza from Ian's. "That's good," exclaimed Tolan, a 2-year-old from Madison, flashing a glowing smile as he recalled last night's supper. He was also quite proud to have sat at one of the restaurant's adult-sized tables. >More
 New Urbanism conference highlights Madison's successes and its challenges

New Urbanists love Madison. For a beaming Al Fish, UW-Madison's associate vice chancellor, that was the message last week when he chatted with attendees of the Congress for the New Urbanism's national conference, held this year at Monona Terrace. Around 1,150 people turned out for the 19th annual convocation of advocates for mixed-use neighborhoods, skinny streets, bike-friendly thoroughfares and local food. >More
 The new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Run it like a business. Improve customer service. Fast turnaround times. Those are the guiding concepts in a draft plan to reorganize the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) into a "charter agency." Dated May 9, 2011, the "Organizational Effectiveness Communication Plan" was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May and has been widely circulated. >More
 A timeline of Wisconsin's budget approval process

The Joint Committee on Finance adjourned early Saturday morning after passing Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill with a partisan vote. The committee amended the Assembly version of the bill to reflect its changes at that time, and will do the same for the Senate version on Thursday. The bill must be approved by the full legislature, and the Assembly is scheduled to take it up first. Here's a look at the approval process as it moves forward. >More
 Madison cops seek new law for deviants

Amy Bramlett says it's surprisingly common. Police gets calls about, or happen upon, people who are -- there's no graceful way to put this -- whacking off in public. "A lot of our resources are going into that," says Bramlett, a Madison police officer with the department's Criminal Intelligence Section. "There are a large number of people who are committing these deviant acts." >More
 Live-blogging the Walkerville encampment and rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol

Join us here for live-coverage of the "Walkerville" protest encampment that will be established on portions of the Capitol Square in Madison as the Wisconsin legislature deliberates over the state budget. >More
 Views of Walkerville and the 'Protect Public Services' rally at Capitol Square (slideshow)

Monday's heat made the scene around the Walkerville tents decidedly quiet, although hundreds marched in protest around the Capitol Square at midday. >More
 Wisconsin budget focus of broiling rally around Capitol Square and Walkerville

Hundreds of people braved temperatures in the low 90s for a march on Monday, June 6, that started at Madison Fire Station 1 and circled the Capitol and adjoining "Walkerville" encampment several times, with a few stops along the way. >More
 Does Capital Area Regional Planning Commission deserve to die?

One of the last things Kathleen Falk did before stepping down as Dane County executive was write a letter about an obscure body known as the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. Most of the county's 490,000 residents have probably never heard of this commission, let alone know what it does. But in wonky bureaucratic circles, the letter was nothing short of earthshaking. >More
 Everyday scientists

A full moon rises over Owen Conservation Park on Madison's far west side. The air throbs with the mating calls of chorus frogs. A pair of mallards try to corral their ducklings skimming through the rippling reflections on the surface of the pond. Barely visible, bats cut through the cooling air to scoop up the insects that have been drawn here by the pond and the street light. >More
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