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Madison committee wants speedier action on lower State Street makeover

A downtown design committee showed interest Thursday night in getting a planned redeveloping of the 700 block of State Street done a year earlier than originally planned. >More
 Group proposes new plan to improve Madison's lakes

Every time Don Heilman goes out with the Mad-City Ski Team, he's reminded of just how polluted Madison's lakes are. "It's a very, very bad smell, like a sewer," Heilman says. "There's decaying carp and decaying weeds that tend to form little bogs out in the lake. Cut weeds and dead fish accumulate in these areas. You're skiing around these little decaying islands. It smells like you're in an outhouse. It's not good at all." >More
 Anger over high-speed rail process spills forth at Dane County transit committee meeting

At a meeting Tuesday, several members of the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board were angry that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation made many key decisions about the new rail line between Madison and Milwaukee without consulting members of the community and the board itself. >More
 Wisconsin governor 2010 candidate rivals, in their own words

What can a person say about the men who would be Wisconsin's next governor? You don't have to dig through their closets. There's a lot you can find out just from looking at what they want you to see. >More
 Judge opens door to criminal charges over UW-Madison sheep experiments

A Dane County judge, siding with a petition brought by the Madison-based Alliance for Animals and national group PETA, has determined that UW-Madison officials may be subject to criminal penalties for fatal decompression experiments involving sheep and has authorized the appointment of a special prosecutor to review the matter further. >More
 Green Cab of Madison aims to be eco-friendly, inexpensive taxi service

Madison may soon have a new cab company. Schmidt's Towing is starting Green Cab of Madison, which will use hybrid Toyota Prius cars and purports to be cheaper than any other cab company here. >More
 Skepticism grows over Madison school district upkeep report

Kevin Eipperle delivers a math lesson, facility-engineer style: If the Madison school district has 50 buildings, over 30 years it would cost about $60,000 per building per year to maintain them, according to a recent assessment. >More
 Madison cops bust drivers for violating pedestrians' crosswalk rights

A remarkable thing happened around 5 p.m. this Monday at the intersection of Webster and Main Streets, on the outer ring of the Capitol Square. Three lanes of heavy traffic uncharacteristically slowed to a halt when pedestrians appeared on either side of the crosswalk. "Wow, that stepped-up enforcement is really working," one pedestrian said to another, a stranger, as their paths crossed in the middle of the street. >More
 The Bicycle Crank considers the new Madison bike box project

During the bike ride to and from work in recent days, even the Crank has noted that drivers appear to be understanding or intuiting the bike-box rationale. "But here's the thing," he notes, pausing to spit and rinse for dramatic effect. "Notwithstanding my enlightened self-interest as a recreational cyclist and commuter, by providing space for cyclists at the front of the line, it may lend the appearance of preferential treatment for bikers." >More
 Edgewater redevelopment approved, hard questions remain

For anybody who has been following the Edgewater debate, Tuesday night's Common Council meeting, which stretched almost to 8:00 Wednesday morning, was both exasperating and oddly compelling. Not quite as captivating as an episode of Lost, but the suspense over what would happen made it hard to turn off. >More
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