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Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance said to be a 'front group' for Realtors

A group purporting to represent Wisconsin homeowners has mailed thousands of fliers to Dane County residents, urging them to fight the county's proposed Waterbody Classification Project. It seems designed to scare the pants off anyone who receives it. >More
 The difficulty of diagnosing dyslexia

Keith Ripp and other Madison-area parents have spent thousands of dollars to test and tutor their children for dyslexia. They think this is something Wisconsin school districts should more aggressively pursue. >More
 Madison asks residents to help maintain ice rinks

Madison Parks Division is moving ahead with plans for an "adopt an ice" partnership to help maintain the city's ice rinks. The city is currently asking residents to help commit to doing maintenance at the city's eight rinks, at Tenney, Vilas, Elver, Olbrich, Warner, Westmorland, Garner Park and Goodman parks. >More
 MATC's Ahedo receives the Athena Young Professional Award from Madison's Business Forum

Tina Ahedo and her children are active volunteers in the community, serving meals at local food pantries and working with Habitat for Humanity. Accepting the award, Tina attributed her success to "the best teachers, mentors and friends who have inspired, taught and challenged me to do my very best." >More
 Girls on the Run stresses self-respect and healthy lifestyles

Anita Martin wishes young girls weren't bombarded with assaults on their self-esteem through peer pressure and media images. But since they are, she decided to do something about it, "helping girls learn to stand up for themselves and develop healthy self-images." >More
 Alder wants new downtown Madison library donors to pony up

Ald. Michael Schumacher, in a proposed amendment to the city's capital budget, tried to put the question of whether to fund a new library to the residents in a referendum. The city's Board of Estimates voted down that amendment. Now, Schumacher is trying a new tack. >More
 Prof renews psychology controversy

Timothy Baker has a problem with psychology today. He thinks it bears a dangerous resemblance to the medicine of yesteryear: anecdotal, unscientific, as likely to hurt as help. "[D]espite compelling research support for the merits of specific interventions for specific problems, clinical psychology, as a field, has failed to embrace these treatments," writes Baker, a professor of medicine at the UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health, in a paper that's generating national attention and controversy. >More
 Inside agitator: Star UW history professor Jeremi Suri wants to shake things up

Jeremi Suri wants the UW-Madison, where he's a rising-star history professor, to be bolder, more daring, more adept at reaching out. Unafraid of controversy. More, come to think of it, like Suri himself. "We should be a place that takes risks [and] pushes boundaries between disciplines and in the way we teach." >More
 Jeremi Suri on...

As a historian, Suri is an engaging commentator. Here are his off-the-cuff thoughts on a grab bag of current issues. President Obama's record so far: "I think he's done quite well, especially on foreign policy. He's shown, out of instinct as much as experience, that you gain influence by reaching out to people. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength, and [the U.S.] has benefited from that enormously." >More
 An inside look at the Obama visit to Wright Middle School in Madison

"This is a culminating event for them," Wright librarian Amy Owens said of the visit. "They followed the election last year and have been following his career. This will be something they'll never forget. Think about what you remember from middle school." >More
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