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Obama visits Madison: The words on the street

Today's Wisconsin State Journal contains a charming letter from some Madison school boosters toasting the many excellent reasons President Barack Obama decided to visit Wright Middle School in Madison. These include: "Wright is both a successful charter school and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the Madison school district." It's also a security fortress. >More
 Madison collaborative reporting project All Together Now: An overview

As the two-week run date for the inaugural project of All Together Now winds to a close, it's time to take stock of what was achieved. To do, in other words, a little shouting. >More
 Does Madison's chronic-nuisance law spur evictions?

Brian Solomon framed it as a plea. At last week's Common Council meeting, the Madison alder argued passionately for a substitute version of the city's chronic nuisance ordinance, with stronger tenant protections. He recalled a case where the firing of shots in his district led to the eviction of "the vast majority of tenants" from a given building, presumably some of whom were not involved. >More
 A chronic-nuisance success story

For years, Trevor Ilk had a problem with his next-door neighbors, at 1118 Petra Place, concerning their apparent involvement in illegal activity. He put up with it because he loved his landlord and his apartment, at 1122 Petra Place, off Fish Hatchery Road on Madison's south side. >More
 Edgewater revisions may be too little, too late

As a sign of how quickly Hammes Sports and Entertainment needs to move, the developer wants to take the new project designs, located in city and national historic districts, to the city Plan Commission Nov. 2, and to the Urban Design Commission Nov. 4. >More
 Clarence Kailin, now dead as well as red

I'm pretty sure Clarence Kailin would have gotten a kick out of that headline. He was, on the occasions our paths crossed over the last two decades or so, a remarkably warm individual, with a twinkle in his eye. Kailin was serious about the cause of peace and justice -- so serious he risked his life in its pursuit -- but he also enjoyed himself, and liked to have a good laugh. Being an activist wasn't just work; it was fun. >More
 Alders draw line on cuts to Madison ice rink maintenance

You don't mess with ice rinks in Madison. One of the money saving measures proposed by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz in the 2010 operating budget was to discontinue maintenance at some of the city's 10 ice rinks, for a savings of $38,000. But, several alders have balked at the idea. >More
 Wisconsin sex ed bill sparks controversy

In Madison schools, sex education begins in the fourth and fifth grades. "Research states that information is needed, and it's needed at early ages and needs to be developmentally appropriate," says Lisa Wachtel, who oversees curriculum for the Madison Metropolitan School District. "Providing accurate, sound information in a safe environment for students is necessary for them to be able to have frank conversations about issues." >More
 Madison's unhappy HMO customers: 28 complaints from the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Isthmus asked the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance to see all complaints filed against health care insurance providers by Madison-area residents from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. In all, the records for 28 complaints were provided and reviewed at the OCI's offices. What follows are summaries of each complaint. >More
 Hilldale Target receives mixed reaction from neighbors

Monday night, Target executives presented their plan for a 155,000-square-foot "raised single level" store at the corner of North Midvale Boulevard and University Avenue. The store would be on top of about 450 parking spaces and employ 150 to 200 people. >More
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