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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
 Madison media launch All Together Now with collaborative reporting project on health care

When our jobs were secure, it was easier for reporters and media organizations to bicker with each other. Now we are more inclined to see that we're all in this together. >More
 Two South American ambassadors to speak at UW this month

Heraldo Muñoz should probably be dead right now. In the fall of 1973, Muñoz was an idealistic socialist in Chile, hiding out with his American wife as the military searched for dissidents to "disappear" as Augusto Pinochet tightened his grip on power. >More
 The Business Forum announces ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists

In its second year, the ATHENA Young Professional Award honors emerging community leaders whose professional and personal achievements make them ideal role models for young women. >More
 A medical mystery tour

Ta-Shai Pendleton was just 16 in 2005, when her first pregnancy ended with a stillbirth -- a boy, six weeks too early. Three years later, her daughter Savannah, now 2 years old, was born at about seven and a half months. She weighed five pounds at birth and suffered a number of medical problems during her first year due to her premature birth, but she's now a healthy, active toddler. >More
 Segredo promises to be a different kind of bar

Michael Hierl oozes confidence. The 53-year-old Madison native and Harvard graduate calls himself a "serial entrepreneur" who has generated more than $100 million in sales with his various companies. But Hierl's latest venture has an altruistic component, something he calls "social entrepreneurism." >More
 Man plausibly contends he was falsely accused at Olin-Turville

The lead "Watchdog" item in last week's Isthmus mentioned a man who received a disorderly conduct citation in March after a mother and daughter reported to police that he appeared to be masturbating in a vehicle parked alongside them at Madison's Olin-Turville Park. >More
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