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Critics say recruiters have too much access

Robert Kimbrough, a longtime local peace activist, clearly remembers the last time Madison Veterans for Peace was allowed inside a Madison high school during a military recruitment event. >More
 Housing: Help out of the subprime crisis

Alicia Emerson always dreamed about owning her own home. But what she bought was a house of cards. >More
 Housing: The hurt is on

The official word from the Madison real estate community is that houses are still selling and the deleterious effects of the national housing slump have largely passed us by. The truth is that the local market is hurting, and there's a deep and growing anxiety that things will get worse. >More
 On the Agenda: Let the Madison city budget battle begin!

Newly elected Common Council president Tim Bruer calls a meeting to discuss the upcoming (probably dismal) 2008-2009 budget. If you can't make it, don't worry. This is only the beginning of the lengthy budget process, which won't end until the council holds several, dusk-to-dawn meetings in the fall. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: What's a MIP?

The MIP, started by Mayor Dave with UW Prof. Joel Rogers in 2005, is set to hold its annual meeting here in Madison at the end of July. In keeping with previous MIP meetings, the agenda includes four "big" topics: Transportation Choices, Community Supported Agriculture, Inclusive Neighborhoods and Federal Funding Opportunities. >More
 Brittany Zimmermann remembered at Mifflin Street Block Party

As Madison recovers from its latest shock, the murder of University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Brittany Zimmermann, students, locals and out-of-towners were tentatively festive at this year's Mifflin Street Block Party on Saturday. Joviality and cooperation, among drunkenness, colored the fortieth annual gathering that originally intended to protest the Vietnam War. Fewer than 10,000 people attended this year's party, according to Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain -- down from 2007. >More
 Shepard to appear on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren

Jason Shepard, whose story in Thursday's Isthmus ignited controversy over the handling of a 911 call in the Brittany Zimmerman homicide investigation, will appear on the Fox News program "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Friday night. Shepard is slated to appear at the beginning of the show, which airs at 9 p.m. >More
 On the Agenda: Madison makes haste to reduce waste

When I lived in San Francisco, I had a large bin that was divided in half: one side for mixed recycling, the other for compost. I also had a small garbage can, which I never filled up. Most of the household "waste" went into one bin compartment or the other. Then I moved to Madison, where people complained vigorously when Mayor Dave Cieslewicz went to a bin system to automate pickup of recyclables and later garbage. Cieslewicz is now promoting another initiative, for which he'll probably also be lambasted. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Meeting with MAGNET

On Thursday, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz meets with Rebecca Thorman of MAGNET, Madison's nominal young professionals organization. Thorman recently penned an opinion piece in the Wisconsin State Journal suggesting that the city needs to ring her and her organization up on issues such as the economic development. >More
 Bob McChesney discusses online journalism and the Cap Times

Media critic Bob McChesney was one of the first people I interviewed when I began researching my Isthmus story on The Capital Times' decision to end daily publication and reconstitute itself as an online publication. McChesney, who taught for ten years in the UW-Madison journalism department before moving on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the sharpest media observers around. >More
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