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Ron McCrea backs changes at The Capital Times

"It's been no fun dying on the vine," says Ron McCrea, senior news editor of The Capital Times. McCrea, 65, knows something about dying. He presided over the death of the strike paper known as the Madison Press Connection in 1980 and then went to work for the Washington Star, which abruptly shut down in 1981 after 128 years. And then there's his own near-death from a cancerous liver only to be saved by a transplant operation in April 2007. In a phone interview last Friday night, McCrea sounded like a guy who has new lease on life, in more ways than one. >More
 Wisconsin progressives warm up for Obama visit to Madison

A spirited crowd of Barack Obama supporters filled the Majestic Theatre on Monday evening in a lefty-flavored prelude to an actual appearance by the candidate at the Kohl Center on Tuesday. Sandwiched between a pair of sets provided by the disco-dance nonet V05, a series of progressive elected officials and activists from Madison and Milwaukee hit the stage and exhorted the crowd to spend the next week before the Wisconsin primary stumping for the Illinois senator. >More
 Chelsea Clinton delivers at UW-Madison in second Wisconsin appearance

The atmosphere was anything but electric at the UW Memorial Union today, where for more than 90 minutes potential two-time First Daughter Chelsea Clinton exercised near-androidal command of Hillary Clinton's policy details as she fielded questions from a largely female audience. Chelsea, who in December refused to answer a question posed by a nine-year-old reporter, has made a sudden about face, riding onto college campuses nationwide over the last few weeks trying to corral the elusive youth vote. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Cable access analysis

I never watch WYOU. There, I said it. I figure that my TV viewing hours are limited, so I usually waste them on sports. Or 30 Rock. Anyway, I have nothing against cable access, per se, but find that it doesn't entertain as much as it mystifies, so I avoid it. >More
 Madison gets ready for Obama rally at Kohl Center on Tuesday

Anticipation is building among voters in Wisconsin as national political attention focuses on the state in advance of its presidential primary in just over a week. Campaigns are gearing up for appearances, and both the state and Madison will get its first candidate visit of 2008 when Barack Obama holds a rally at the Kohl Center on Tuesday, February 12. Needless to say, supporters of the Illinois senator and political observers are energized. >More
 Madison reacts to The Capital Times refit

When Capital Newspapers revealed Thursday morning that The Capital Times is ending its 90 year run as a daily newspaper this spring, reactions from readers were swift. Like others, I was both shocked yet ultimately unsurprised by the announcement. >More
 Dharma teacher Cheri Maples: The healing impulse

Perhaps best known as a former Madison police officer and assistant Wisconsin attorney general, Cheri Maples has redirected her life to become a private consultant and teacher intent on healing the trauma of people working at all levels of the criminal justice system -- people who confront violence with a frequency that renders them, as she puts it, "consumers of violence," as she herself was throughout her career in the criminal justice system. How does one grow across the span of 17 years from a City of Madison police officer to become a dharma teacher? >More
 On the death of The Capital Times

John Nichols may be the most optimistic person on the face of the planet. He surveys a hopelessly corrupted political environment and sees opportunities for progressive change. And he talks about the impending demise of The Capital Times -- a paper he's given his heart and soul to for more than a decade -- as an afternoon print newspaper as though it were a good thing. >More
 Nerad to hit the ground running

After a round of "meet and greets" with the three finalists for the job of Madison schools superintendent, insiders were divided on two favorites. Leaders who've pushed for greater educational reforms spoke highly of Miami's Steve Gallon, while key institutional players favored Green Bay's Dan Nerad. >More
 A blizzard of data on the Wednesday snowstorm around Madison

The snow has stopped flying. The sun is rising over a landscape blanketed with fresh snow. And weather professionals have started tallying the data on yesterday's blizzard. The numbers are impressive. >More
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