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On the Agenda: Let the Madison city budget battle begin!

Newly elected Common Council president Tim Bruer calls a meeting to discuss the upcoming (probably dismal) 2008-2009 budget. If you can't make it, don't worry. This is only the beginning of the lengthy budget process, which won't end until the council holds several, dusk-to-dawn meetings in the fall. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: What's a MIP?

The MIP, started by Mayor Dave with UW Prof. Joel Rogers in 2005, is set to hold its annual meeting here in Madison at the end of July. In keeping with previous MIP meetings, the agenda includes four "big" topics: Transportation Choices, Community Supported Agriculture, Inclusive Neighborhoods and Federal Funding Opportunities. >More
 Brittany Zimmermann remembered at Mifflin Street Block Party

As Madison recovers from its latest shock, the murder of University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Brittany Zimmermann, students, locals and out-of-towners were tentatively festive at this year's Mifflin Street Block Party on Saturday. Joviality and cooperation, among drunkenness, colored the fortieth annual gathering that originally intended to protest the Vietnam War. Fewer than 10,000 people attended this year's party, according to Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain -- down from 2007. >More
 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
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