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Prof. Phil Townsend describes his vision for growing Madison's urban canopy (video)

This video was produced in concert with an article on developments affecting Madison's urban forest. It shows UW-Madison Prof. Phil Townsend pointing out features of these woods, and explaining his vision for its preservation and improvement. Students in Townsend's remote-sensing class have set out to collect data on the city's canopy. >More
 On the trail of Paul Bunyan

A few years back, Michael Edmonds was toiling away at his job with the Wisconsin Historical Society when he happened upon a newspaper clipping from 1916 about Bernice Stewart. She was a UW college student who'd gone 'round to northern Wisconsin logging camps, asking lumberjacks to share what yarns they could spin about a feller name of Paul Bunyan. >More
 Crying over raw milk

Both Carolyn Graff, a raw milk advocate in Madison, and Donna Gilson, spokeswoman for the state Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP), grew up on small Wisconsin dairy farms. And both remember drinking unpasteurized milk, direct from the cow. >More
 Good news for Madison's urban forest

Madison Ald. Marsha Rummel says it's about time. The city of Madison is now drafting new rules requiring the protection of trees during construction and levying fines for violations. "It's better because it's going to be upfront, and the expectation is that everybody is there to protect trees," says Rummel of the new policy, which will likely be presented to the city's Board of Public Works next month. >More
 Madison Plan Commission green lights eight-story, no-parking-stall project on Mendota Court

Madison developer Patrick Corcoran's plan for an eight-story apartment complex near Lake Mendota may be setting a precedent of sorts for downtown Madison: It has no plans for vehicle parking stalls. >More
 Tommy Boy (oh boy) Farley, what a candidate!

Tom Farley Jr., the brother of the late comedian Chris Farley, is emerging as perhaps the oddest candidate for local public office since Will Sandstrom. >More
 Madison ALRC may tone down 'sober server' ordinance to exempt entertainers, sampling

A city ordinance amendment that would ban any bar or restaurant worker from drinking on the job is being toned down, to allow for both contracted entertainers to drink and allow workers to drink small samples. >More
 Michael Schumacher, process guy

Ald. Michael Schumacher is fired up. Last week the Madison Common Council revisited the Edgewater Hotel project, at Schumacher's request. And although, as Schumacher wanted, the $93 million expansion was kept alive through referral, he is fed up with how things have played out. >More
 Tom Farley works to get his name on Madison school board ballot

Tom Farley, brother of the late comedian Chris Farley, hit a snag in his bid for Madison School Board. There was a clerical error with some of the 100 signatures needed for his ballot petition. Some people not yet accustomed to the new year, dated their signatures to January 2009 instead of January 2010. >More
 Madison green charter school plan advances

The idea to start Madison's first green charter school is getting a favorable early reception from the Madison Board of Education. Says board member Ed Hughes, "You'd have to be brain dead not to be excited about this project." >More
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