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Barack Obama's army of the young

Elizabeth Levine spends almost every waking moment outside of class at the Madison Field Headquarters of Barack Obama's campaign. Though she's too young to vote, she sees it as a way to make a real difference. "A lot of people feel like very small fish in a very big pond," says Levine, 17, a senior at West High. "It's not just the people on top that can make a difference." >More
 Kathleen Falk launches initiatives to curb alcohol abuse in Dane County

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, flanked by a phalanx of fellow officials and human service providers that dramatically outnumbered the reporters in the room, today unveiled a package of county initiatives aimed at combating the abuse of alcohol. "We can make a difference in a problem that is bringing our whole country down," said Falk, listing a range of problem drinking categories in which Wisconsin tops the nation. >More
 On the Agenda: A new movie theater, a zoo tour and diversity in hiring

The Marcus Corporation submits its plans for a new development on the east side near High Crossing Boulevard. Grand Crossing, as it's called, would include a larger movie theater, retail development, and lots and lots of parking. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Dining with the denizens

A few weeks ago, I gave Mayor Dave Cieslewicz the business in this space for not meeting with JM and Nichole of Eating in Madison A to Z fame, as he promised he would. You might notice that just such a meeting is scheduled for this week. Pen 1, Sword 0, huh? >More
 Local activist fights for immigrants

"I am proud to be from Guatemala. I came here for the same reason every immigrant comes. For freedom, justice, and work. By coming here I could help my family in Guatemala survive." >More
 On the Agenda: A county smoking ban, mandating domestic partner benefits and lots o' development

CVS Pharmacy presents plans for a new store at the Union Corners site at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street. A chain store is not exactly what the neighborhood was looking for, but hey, it's better than a vacant field, right? Right? >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Planningpalooza

I guess this is urban planning week in Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's office, even more than normal. Monday, Mayor Dave addresses an Intro to Planning class at the UW and follows it up by lunching with the students and their professor, Harvey Jacobs, who also teaches a course on Green Politics. >More
 On the Agenda: City and county budget hearings, replacing Zach Brandon, a zoning code rewrite

Ald. Zach Brandon is leaving the city council to devote himself full-time to his new, top post at the state Commerce Department. On Wednesday, the committee reviews the applications of six people who want to replace him. They include a former alder, a retired state employee and a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Fete de Gammon and Tree

Mayors are invited to participate in ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremonies all the time. The opening of new schools, factories, community centers, stadiums are all likely to feature a cast of local dignitaries. But a traffic signal? >More
 Dane County 911 Center director Joe Norwick calls it quits

Joe Norwick, the retired chief deputy of the Dane County Sheriff's Office who County Executive Kathleen Falk handpicked to lead the center in 2007, offered his resignation to Falk Friday morning. >More
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