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Shepard to appear on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren

Jason Shepard, whose story in Thursday's Isthmus ignited controversy over the handling of a 911 call in the Brittany Zimmerman homicide investigation, will appear on the Fox News program "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Friday night. Shepard is slated to appear at the beginning of the show, which airs at 9 p.m. >More
 On the Agenda: Madison makes haste to reduce waste

When I lived in San Francisco, I had a large bin that was divided in half: one side for mixed recycling, the other for compost. I also had a small garbage can, which I never filled up. Most of the household "waste" went into one bin compartment or the other. Then I moved to Madison, where people complained vigorously when Mayor Dave Cieslewicz went to a bin system to automate pickup of recyclables and later garbage. Cieslewicz is now promoting another initiative, for which he'll probably also be lambasted. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Meeting with MAGNET

On Thursday, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz meets with Rebecca Thorman of MAGNET, Madison's nominal young professionals organization. Thorman recently penned an opinion piece in the Wisconsin State Journal suggesting that the city needs to ring her and her organization up on issues such as the economic development. >More
 Bob McChesney discusses online journalism and the Cap Times

Media critic Bob McChesney was one of the first people I interviewed when I began researching my Isthmus story on The Capital Times' decision to end daily publication and reconstitute itself as an online publication. McChesney, who taught for ten years in the UW-Madison journalism department before moving on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the sharpest media observers around. >More
 Panicked newspapers seek salvation: Will the Cap Times find it on the web?

Good luck, Cap Times. You'll need it. Converting from a six-day-a-week paid paper to an online news site is like jumping from a very high cliff into a very deep and mysterious pool. >More
 Protected wetlands and uplands of Cherokee Marsh grow by 259 acres

City, county and state officials are marking Earth Day with an announcement on Tuesday regarding their joint acquisition of 259 acres in Cherokee Marsh wetlands and adjacent Yahara uplands. Pending approval this coming Thursday by the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a Dane County Conservation Fund grant of $794,000 would facilitate the "largest conservation land purchase in Madison history," according to the press release generated by today's event. >More
 On the Agenda: What does Mayor Dave have against Tim Wong?

Has Tim Wong been a thorn in Mayor Dave's side one too many times? Cieslewicz did not renew the outspoken bus advocate's appointment to the Transit and Parking Commission this month. "The ironic thing is that I probably supported his streetcar initiative longer than just about anyone in town," says Wong. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Pretty easy being green

With Earth Day on Tuesday and Isthmus Green Day on Saturday, this is unquestionably Green Week in Madison. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, an unapologetic environmentalist, is marking the occasion in a number of ways including recognition of Edgewood's' LEED-certified dorm, speaking to the UW Sustainable Communities class and helping to kick off the festivities at Monona Terrace on Saturday. >More
 Beijing Olympics focus of competing rallies in Madison for Tibet and China

Hundreds of people gathered on the State Street steps of the Wisconsin Capitol on Saturday morning to voice their thoughts on the approaching 2008 Summer Olympics, to be held over the course of seventeen days this August in Beijing. This was not merely one rally, though. >More
 Talking 'bout Madison in North Carolina

Earlier this week I was in Durham, North Carolina, serving as Madison's ambassador to the South. I was there as part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month to give a talk about my book, Cry Rape. But one of the things I most wanted to discuss, I told the group, was Lorraine Cook. This, you see, is an old storytelling technique -- to mention early in a talk or article that you intend to get around to some other subject. This builds suspense and sustains interest. >More
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