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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
 Officials stonewall on 911 complaints

The administration of County Executive Kathleen Falk continues to stymie media efforts to learn more about longstanding problems at the county's 911 Center. And what little information is being released following revelations that UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann called 911 before she was killed is not comforting. >More
 Election 2008: Madison health clinic boots voter registration worker

Last Thursday, Carl Silverman was asked to stop doing something he thinks is clearly in the public interest by an agency whose mission, he thought, is to serve the public interest. He was asked by an official at the South Madison Health and Family Center-Harambee to cease and desist from trying to register voters. >More
 On the Agenda: Burying ATC's power lines

American Transmission Company's application to build a 345-kilovolt power line in Dane County was recently deemed complete by the state Public Service Commission. The city of Madison would prefer that this massive power line not be constructed along the Beltline or, if it is, that it be buried. The city says the state Department of Transportation has "serious concerns" about the safety of having 120-foot towers on the Beltline. The commission will discuss a resolution urging the PSC to force ATC to bury the line. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Walking an efficient beat

On Tuesday, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz meets with Madison Police Department Assistant Chief John Davenport and a guy named Tim Freesmeyer. Well, if Weekly Whereabouts has any actual worth at all, it is to Google the names of people I don't know who show up on the Mayor's schedule. >More
 His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to the heart of Madison

Marking his seventh visit to Wisconsin, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet spoke to a mostly packed Dane County Coliseum on Saturday, the opening event of a week-long series of talks and teachings in and around Madison. He arrived on Friday, and started his visit with a consecration of a new temple at the Deer Park Buddhist Center in the town of Oregon on Saturday morning. >More
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