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The war over wind

It was the strangest sensation Lynda Barry ever felt: a near-constant vibration within her body. "You know how sometimes, around your eye, you'll get this little tic that kind of wiggles?" says Barry, of Footville, Wis., south of Janesville. "It was like having that in your ear and your chest. A pulsing. It's the weirdest feeling!" >More
 Alcohol-serving rules may change in Wisconsin

Josh Zepnick has a deeply personal reason for proposing two controversial laws affecting the sale of alcohol in Wisconsin. "The guy who killed my sister had been drinking all day, on Sept. 8, 1990," says the Democratic state Assemblyman from Milwaukee. Afterward, he looked for ways to make a difference. "I became interested in urban policy and how public safety is affected." >More
 Remembering Irwin Goodman

They say you can't buy happiness. The life of Irwin Goodman proves you can. He didn't buy it for himself, of course, except indirectly -- the happiness he got from the happiness of others, whose lives he and his brother Robert improved through their kindness, decency and exceptional philanthropy. >More
 Madison police ticket motorists failing to yield to pedestrians

I've lived in a few places -- Phnom Penh, Knoxville -- that were downright hostile to people who walked or biked. One of the things that excited me about moving to Madison was its reputation for embracing walking and biking as modes of transportation. >More
 Madison lacks preservation planner at crucial time

With the recession, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has had a freeze on filling any new positions, absent his approval. But are some positions too important to leave vacant? >More
 Drumlin Farm's days may be numbered

For the past three years, Celia Barrera hasn't needed to buy much produce from the grocery store. She grows her own at the Drumlin Farm in Fitchburg. "All my vegetables, I get here," Barrera says in Spanish. "I save a lot of money." A native of Mexico, Barrera uses the produce to feed her family of four. But she's about to lose her plot. >More
 Another option for Edgewater Hotel

A pair of prominent downtown players are proposing a rival redevelopment vision for the Edgewater Hotel. The concept by local architect Kenton Peters and downtown booster Troy Thiel would essentially take the 11-story tower proposed by Hammes Sports and Entertainment and turn it sideways, addressing concerns about various ordinances limiting building height. >More
 Southwest Madison neighborhood picnic planned for Elver Park on Saturday

Shamawya Curtis is tired of people on Madison's southwest side pointing fingers. She and others are planning a community picnic on Saturday at Elver Park. Dubbed "United We Stand," the picnic's goal is to get everybody -- she stresses the "everybody" part -- in the community together for food, fun and games. >More
 Edgewater developer on hot seat

Bob Dunn is not easily deterred. Despite a series of disruptive controversies, he remains upbeat about his company's chances of undertaking a $109 million renovation of the Edgewater Hotel. >More
 Tammy Baldwin says health care fight is 'getting tougher and tougher'

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin told a small group of people at a meeting Thursday that she still believes a public health plan is possible, but is not as optimistic as she once was. >More
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