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Allied and Langdon neighborhoods lagging in Madison census response

The U.S. Census website shows that Madison's response rate is currently at 59%. Dubuque, Iowa, leads municipalities of 50,000 or more with a 70% response rate so far. And Wisconsin is tied with South Dakota among states at 62%; the national rate is 52%. The Census also breaks down the response rates by neighborhood and in Madison. >More
 Ardita Bilalli is fighting for her life

Ardita Bilalli has been called a miracle child. After her premature birth, in war-torn Kosovo, she came to the United States in 2001 seeking medical treatment for a spinal condition. She was two years old. After receiving treatment in Chicago, Ardita came to Madison; she's attended Elvehjem Elementary since early childhood. Now age 10 and in the fifth grade, Ardita suffers from spina bifida, among other serious health problems. She uses a wheelchair and is often in pain. >More
 Madison submits Google Fiber application with fingers crossed

Madison submitted its Google Fiber application today, hoping to be the lucky city that Google picks for it's experimental high-speed Internet system. >More
 Peace Park to close Monday for major renovation

Delegent Taylor doesn't know where he'll go when Lisa Link Peace Park is fenced off on Monday for renovations. "There is no place," says Taylor, who has been homeless for about three years. >More
 Madison-area youth get anti-booze message

Betty Banks is not an alarmist, but she believes there is cause for alarm in the incident of alcohol use among Wisconsin teens. "We need to get the word out as far and wide as we can," said Banks, the executive director of the local advocacy group Today Not Tomorrow, at a forum Thursday night at St. Marks Lutheran Church. "We want our young people to be safe, and we want our community to be safe." >More
 Haitian UW student Gergens Polynice heads home to help with ongoing earthquake recovery

As spring break approaches, many college students will head to the beach for fun in the sun. However, University of Wisconsin-Madison student Gergens Polynice has a different plan. Polynice will visit his home country of Haiti to assess the damages caused by the devastating earthquake that struck on Jan. 12. >More
 Test time for Madison school board candidates James Howard and Tom Farley

Madison voters will soon be put to a test, perhaps one of the more important ones they've faced in recent years. On April 6, they'll get to decide who will fill an open seat on the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education during its biggest financial crisis. >More
 Madisonians look to Arlington Heights for ideas on train station

When Ed Blume saw Arlington Height's downtown area, he realized that Madison had some work to do if it hoped a high-speed rail station could be an impetus for development. >More
 Blanchard or Leineweber? You be the judge

Leineweber, 61, Richland County's sole judge since 1997, is running for the appeals court against Brian Blanchard, the district attorney of Dane County, following a low-turnout primary last month. (Of the 24-county district's 984,077 registered voters, just 53,984 people turned out to vote, with Blanchard getting more than half the total.) >More
 PETA, Alliance for Animals seek criminal charges against the UW-Madison

Two animal right groups, one national and one local, jointly petitioned a state circuit court on Tuesday to bring criminal animal cruelty charges against the UW-Madison for what the district attorney of Dane County determined were violations of state law involving decompression experiments on sheep. >More
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