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On the agenda: Will Madison allow a new hotel on Monroe Street?

The Madison Common Council will consider an appeal of a Plan Commission decision to allow a developer to demolish two commercial buildings and construct a new, four-story hotel on Monroe Street. The decision is being appealed by Ald. Julia Kerr, who represents the Vilas neighborhood that has objected to the hotel plans. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Feeling it in Freiburg

So Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is headed to the south of Germany -- Madison's sister city, Freiburg, to be exact. Not a bad destination. It's located in the very southwest corner of the country, very near Switzerland. It's also on the edge of the Black Forest. >More
 Welcome to the age of $4 gas in Madison

I needed to drive to work today. No, that's not true. I didn't need to drive to work. I live close enough to my workplace to walk, bike or bus. But I had a headcold and was feeling miserable and needed -- or maybe wanted -- to go pick something up near Shorewood Hills. True, if I was made of sterner stuff or more committed to living my life closer to my core beliefs, I might have been able to shake off the nasal congestion and complete the errand by bicycle, bus or foot. Instead, I wimped out and drove. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Brat Fest glitterati

Unlike most of us, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz didn't take Monday off. He was over at Willow Island selling sausages as a "celebrity" cashier at the World's Largest Brat Fest. Now, the mayor is clearly well known around these parts. But has he attained celebrity status? Do people want his autograph? Is he stalked? >More
 On the Agenda: Dane County leaders accused of meeting secretly to kill ordinance

On Sunday, former County Board Supv. Ashok Kumar sent out an angry press release accusing Chair Scott McDonell and Supv. Brett Hulsey of meeting "behind closed doors" on the Poverty Exemption Ordinance. The pair, says Kumar, decided that the ordinance should be referred back to the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, which had already passed it. >More
 Supermax: Psychiatrist alleges Dept. of Corrections retaliation

A veteran state psychiatrist testified in court last year that he was asked to change the diagnosis of a state prison inmate and fired because he refused. He stated that in mid-2004, he was asked by his boss, Dr. Kevin Kallas, to agree that Brian Locke did not have a bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness, "so he could be sent successfully to Boscobel." >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: What's this chief designer business?

No offense to the politicians in the crowd, but few (if any) of them are architects, artists or designers. They're policy wonks and authors of legislation. In some cases, they might even be visionaries. >More
 On the Agenda: Dane County supes meet again to hash out 911 controversy

Still ticked off about the Dane County 911 Center's failure to respond when it received a call from Brittany Zimmermann's cell phone on the day she was murdered? Want director Joe Norwick's head on a platter? Now's your chance to speak out. >More
 UW-Madison chancellor finalists meet the press

As UW-Madison's academic year comes to a close, its future leadership is the focus of a Chancellor search that has been underway since February. The UW Board of Regents will pick a replacement for UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley, who is leaving in September, at its meeting early next month in Milwaukee. On consecutive days this week, the final four candidates -- out of more than 50 applicants -- took part in meet-and-greets at Memorial Union. >More
 Madison CDA takes over troubled Lake Point development

The Madison Community Development Authority and the Milwaukee-based developer of a pivotal but floundering south-side Madison housing project have reached a deal wherein the CDA will take over. Percy Brown, city staff to the CDA, notified Lake Point Condo owners Friday morning that "we were informed [May 15] by the Rodmans that they are walking away from the project and handing the keys over to the Community Development Authority immediately. They are done. The CDA will be assuming management obligations. We will be getting back to you shortly with more details." >More
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