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On the Agenda: Madison may make bus wraps permanent

While Cieslewicz presumably drinks beer and eats sauerkraut, the Board of Estimates will vote on whether to allow 20 Metro buses to be wrapped in ads permanently, following a pilot trial. Many riders hate the wraps, which make it harder to see out of bus windows, but the ads could bring in more than $900,000. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Hard at work in Germany

A pair of international trips is helping Mayor Dave Cieslewicz rack up the frequent flyer miles this year. He traveled to Hokkaido back in January for a week-long exchange visit to Obihiro, one of Madison's official sister cities, taking in the dairy farms, winter sports and Ban'ei horse sled races of the Japanese community. Now with the start of summer, the mayor is spending a week in southern Germany on a weeklong exchange visit to another municipal sister: Freiburg. >More
 New coalition holds forum on homelessness myths in Madison

The Community Forum on Homelessness presented an entry-level tutorial on the hottest subject in Madison at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday evening. Organized by the Dane County Coalition to Fight Homelessness and End Poverty, the forum aimed to address concerns in the Madison community regarding its transient population, explained near east side alder Brenda Konkel. >More
 Period Garden Park: 'A little gem in the heart of Madison'

At a little over 10,000 square feet, Period Garden Park is among the city's smallest parks. It's often mistaken by passersby as someone's front yard. And indeed, it once was. >More
 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
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