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Gay rights go mainstream in Wisconsin politics

Lora Rae Anderson's political evolution is an appropriate metaphor for the future of gay rights in America. The 23-year-old Eau Claire native, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May with a degree in music, comes from a religious and conservative family. So she saw participation in the College Republicans as a good way to meet people and stay active in current events. >More
 The Green Drive Expo brings alternative cars to Madison

"The money I was going to spend was the most I'd ever spent on a car," Eric Powers remembers. The founder and manager of next week's Green Drive Expo is explaining his conversion from longtime muscle-car enthusiast to green-car proponent. There was an epiphany: Get a vehicle that would provide the best possible gas mileage. He settled on a used Honda Insight hybrid: "It was a big revelation." >More
 Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum trains disabled students in advocacy and leadership

The Youth Leadership Forum, brings disabled teenagers from all over the state who have shown leadership skills to Madison for seven days, to teach them to advocate for themselves and be organizers in their communities. The Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities sponsors the program. Students are chosen based on a variety of factors, from academics to personal experiences to essays. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Smoking on State Street (video)

In recognition of the statewide smoking ban going into effect on July 5, here is a conversation with some State Street smokers on how they picked up their habits. >More
 Department of Administration building selected for Madison high-speed train station

The state Department of Transportation selected the Department of Administration Building, 101 E. Wilson St., as the site of Madison's high-speed rail station Thursday. The DOT was weighing the site with the Department of Health Services building, 1 W. Wilson St., on the other side of Monona Terrace. >More
 Today's UW grads employ new strategies to land jobs in a tight market

Ellen Nordahl was frustrated when she began scoping out the job market in the fall of 2008, at the start of her senior year at the UW-Madison. Like other UW business students, she relied on career services for guidance and job fairs to find potential employers. >More
 World Naked Bike Ride participants say Madison cops were out of line

In the days following the World Naked Bike Ride, which rode boisterously through the downtown Madison on Saturday, June 19, championing alternative energy and body acceptance, several questions remain unanswered. For cited participant Lea Zeise, 22, one big question is: Does the Madison Police Department understand the meaning of the word 'genitalia'? >More
 Many train questions remain

Dan Melton and his neighbors have a long list of questions they'd like the state Department of Transportation to answer about the high-speed train that in a couple of years will, if everything goes as planned, be zooming through their neighborhood. >More
 Wisconsin DOT will gather comments on Madison train station this week

Two public meetings on the high-speed rail project linking Madison to Milwaukee will be held this week, focusing on where to locate the Madison's downtown station. >More
 Bicycle Benefits lets business reward two-wheeled customers

Ian Klepetar leads a life much like Johnny Appleseed. He bikes from city to city, starting up programs that encourage people to ride their bicycles. He has no permanent address, no profit motive, and he rarely checks in on what he starts. His main goal: To make bicycle riding more respectable. >More
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