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Madison's China connection on the eve of the Beijing Olympics

As a child, Stella Wong couldn't go outside and play. It was the 1950s, and the communist government of China had assumed control in her village of Tai San in Guangdong Province. "In the middle of the night, they would make you kneel and tell you what to do," recalls Wong, who lived with her grandmother after her parents and brother fled the country. >More
 Madison's Business Forum seeks to honor young professional

The Business Forum, an organization made up of women professionals in the Madison area, is now accepting nominations for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. The award will honor "emerging community leaders whose professional and personal achievements make them ideal role models for young women." The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 15. >More
 On the Agenda: A full plate for Madison's city council

The council considers amendments to the ordinance allowing Madison residents to keep chickens. Among the proposed changes: up to eight chickens per lot for two-family residences. You still can't keep roosters or slaughter chickens at your home, however, so don't get too excited. The council will also accept the new Economic Development Plan, which recommends the city update its zoning codes, add more "state-of-the-art facilities" for businesses, and be proactive about keeping employers in the city. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Where in the hell is Silicon Prairie Parkway?

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz attends a groundbreaking (hard hats, shiney shovels, dusty wingtips) ceremony for Full Compass on this "street" Monday at noon. But how do you even get there? >More
 Let the renters beware

Michael Licker says that back in Boston, where he's from, people do it all the time: They make arrangements to sublease an apartment directly from the tenant. That's what he and his buddy did in late May, when they inked a deal to sublet an apartment in Madison, where they have a summer law school internship. >More
 Hero or villain? Hainstock's crime generates buzz online

Eric Hainstock's role in the death of his high school principal in September 2006 quickly became a topic of online discussion, especially as word spread of the abuse and bullying he reportedly suffered at home and at school. >More
 Eric Hainstock: A child writes to a widow

A few weeks after he shot and killed John Klang, his high school principal, Eric Hainstock wrote a letter to Klang's widow. >More
 Eric Hainstock's letters from the edge

In preparing this story, I exchanged more than a dozen letters with Eric Hainstock. In all, Hainstock sent 19 letters, totaling about 40 pages. Most of these letters responded to specific questions from Isthmus. But some raised topics of Hainstock's own choosing. >More
 The life of Eric Hainstock: A timeline

This chronology is drawn from psychological reports from experts who had access to school, court, social service and mental health records. >More
 Second bomb scare closes down Capitol Square, suspect in custody

A man connected to Tuesday's Capitol Square bomb scare is in custody and Madison Police have cordoned off the Main Street side of the Square due to a second suspicious package discovered Wednesday afternoon. View photos of the item in question and the bomb squad's response in an accompanying photo gallery. >More
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