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Cieslewicz releases letters involving stalled downtown library negotiations

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz released correspondence Tuesday between Fiore/Irgens and the city regarding the stalled negotiations over the new downtown library. >More
 Anthony Brown's beautiful friendship, the untold story

In the fall of 2008 I became aware of a remarkable friendship between Anthony Brown, executive director of the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission from 1994 to 2004, and a Madison man named Matthew. I met with both at the Perkins restaurant on the Beltline one morning in October. It was one of the most remarkable stories I've ever heard, and certainly the most remarkable one I've never told. Until now. >More
 Madison holds pep rally to woo Google Fiber

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has said Madison does not need cheap gimmicks to attract the global tech goliath Google to install a new experimental high-speed Internet system. That idea gave way Thursday at a techy pep rally at Olbrich Gardens, with the introduction of a new Babcock Ice Cream flavor to score some brownie points with Google. >More
 Abusers hike cost of disabled parking

When Steve Pribbenow moved to Baraboo about 20 years ago, he had an awfully hard time finding parking spaces. Pribbenow and his wife at the time were both disabled and needed the reserved spots for their wheelchair lift. But it seemed like the handicap-accessible spaces were always taken. There couldn't possibly be that many disabled people in town, he thought. >More
 Kicking the tires on the MPD's new Dodge Charger squad cars

At 6'2", Officer Matt Wentzel of the Madison Police Department spends most of his days folded up inside a Ford Crown Victoria, patrolling Madison's south side with an aching back. But he seems rejuvenated when I meet him last Friday, stretching his legs under the steering wheel of a Dodge Charger, the newest addition to MPD's fleet of squad cars. >More
 A better Way for Wisconsin?

For as long as anyone can remember, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has butted heads with other lobbying groups representing powerful interests. "We not only don't see eye to eye, we fight tooth and nail," says Dan Thompson, the league's executive director. But since 2007, Thompson's group and five others have been seeking common ground: a path out of the state's corrosive fiscal and ideological gridlock. >More
 A widening rift over Monona Drive

Dennis Lynch knows what some people will say -- that he's a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). He has two defenses: First, the thing he's against is not in his backyard, it's in his front yard; and second, the proposed widening of Monona Drive will harm his entire neighborhood. >More
 Neighbors critique plan for new Copps store at Grandview Commons

Proponents of a new grocery store on Madison's east side, hoping to avoid a nightmarish Edgewater-type planning process, held a meeting Thursday night to invite early neighborhood input. >More
 Madison Parks employees left over Briski

Fritz Kroncke notes proudly that in his 42 years with the Madison Parks Division, much of them spent overseeing city beaches and lifeguards as its recreation services supervisor, "I never lost a swimmer." The only lifeguard-on-duty drowning happened in the early '70s, and he "was not working that summer." But Kroncke says he left his job last June in part because he wasn't sure this streak would continue, due to changes wrought by Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski. >More
 Madison school board rivals Tom Farley and James Howard square off at forum

Following a brief presentation from uncontested candidates Maya Cole and Beth Moss, James Howard and Tom Farley answered questions posed by forum organizers from Progressive Dane and submitted questions from an audience of about 50 at Wright Middle School. >More
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