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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
 Dane County bomb squad detonates suspicious backpack on Capitol Square

Madison Police cordoned off a corner of the Capitol Square at South Pinckney Street and East Main Street after a suspicious backpack was discovered near newspaper boxes in front of Walgreen's, according to Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain. The Dane County bomb squad destroyed the backpack in a series of two controlled detonations, the first coming shortly after 5 p.m. and the second about 20 minutes later. >More
 Cloudy forecast for Madison beaches

As air conditioning became ubiquitous and public and private pools offered diving boards, water slides and chlorinated cleanliness, public beaches lost their allure both here and across the country. The Madison numbers bear out the great shift. City records show that 15 years ago, 100,000 swimmers spent their summer days at the 13 beaches the city staffed with lifeguards. By 2007, attendance had plummeted to a little more than 30,000 swimmers, and only ten lifeguard-staffed beaches remained. >More
 On the Agenda: A Madison school spending referendum?

Madison school board members meet tonight to discuss whether to hold a referendum to close a projected $9.2 million budget gap. To be included on the November ballot, the board must decide by early September. While the current economic climate might seem unfavorable for a tax increase, it won't hurt that the schools will be on the same ballot as Barack Obama. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Mayor invasion

I've called attention to previous mentions of the Mayors' Innovation Project on Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's weekly schedule. The MIP is a group of progressive mayors that counts our own Mayor Dave among its organizers and it will hold its summer meeting right here in Madison this week. >More
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