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Madison man's effort to recover stolen bike draws felony theft charge

Kelley Howe gets through just about all of it. His arrest. The night in jail. Being charged with three crimes, including a felony. His ailing mother's shock to see his mug shot on the news. The theft of his own bike. The parking ticket. But when he gets to the part about his cat, Howe breaks down. >More
 Dane County officials gushing over new manure digester

Moo-ve over, polluting energy sources of the past, there's a new powerhouse in town. Cow power. Environmentalists and scientists have searched high (wind power) and low (hydropower) for alternative sources of energy, but in Wisconsin, the answer may be lying in the fields. >More
 Ricardo Gonzalez to resume control and reopen Cardinal Bar

Cancel the wake. "The Cardinal Bar will live," says Ricardo Gonzalez. As of Tuesday morning, the erstwhile proprietor of the landmark Madison nightspot is once again at the helm -- and expressing grand ambitions for returning the Cardinal to its glory days as a dance bar. >More
 Chad Lee is better looking than you and running for Congress

With a sudden outburst in social network activity and the establishment of a new website, Mount Horeb native and Better Butler co-founder Chad Lee has unofficially declared himself a candidate for Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District. >More
 On the bar beat

For Jordan Ludwig, Oct. 31 was just a regular night out with his friends. Until the cops showed up. Ludwig, then 20, had used his older brother's ID to get in to Ram Head Ratskeller on Henry Street. He and his friends, who were also underage, quickly left when they saw the cops walk in. About a half a block away, a cop grabbed him from behind. >More
 Larry Nelson's exit interview

City engineer Larry Nelson, perhaps Madison's most respected manager, is retiring on July 16, his 66th birthday. Nelson has been a city of Madison employee for 43 years, including two decades as top dog at engineering and stints as head of public works, traffic engineering and the water utility. Unfailingly accessible and responsive, Nelson agreed to an email grilling. >More
 'Gangsta' photo at downtown Madison post office stirs controversy

It was hardly "Piss Christ" or a Robert Mapplethorpe erotic nude picture. But a picture by an 11-year-old Hmong girl of her stepbrother prompted two complaints (one from a Madison police officer) and a lot of hand-wringing about what is appropriate for an art show in a Madison public building. >More
 Edgewater Hotel plan secret, suspicious

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation is gravely concerned about a proposed $107 million expansion of the Edgewater Hotel. And not just about preservation. "The whole process is so private that plans for the Edgewater will be so fully realized, so fully formed when they're finally revealed, that there will be no opportunity for public input," says Michael Bridgeman, a board member and spokesman for the Trust. >More
 Cafe Montmartre is closing

Cafe Montmartre owners Craig and Kevin Spaulding have confirmed that the restaurant, bar and music space, a downtown fixture for almost 17 years, is closing. >More
 Madison schools brace for state budget

As advocates from around Wisconsin gathered at the Capitol last week to mark 10 years of work to change the state's school finance system, legislators inside were hammering out budget changes that will almost certainly set back the movement. >More
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