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Enough to make her Sicko

It's one of the most powerful moments in one of the most talked-about movies of recent years. Early on in Michael Moore's Sicko, a health-insurance saleswoman named Becky Malke tells of taking an application from one couple who believed that they would finally be getting coverage. >More
 Unprofitable = undesirable

I have had AIDS since Oct. 10, 1994, and been disabled since Aug. 1, 1996. I have received my health care at UW Hospitals and Clinics the entire time. I have Medicare and Medicaid health insurance. I could talk for hours on the subject of health care, for I am truly an expert. For the purpose of this letter, I will limit myself to one example. >More
 Should have just suffered

As a former emergency room staff member, I am mindful of the need to make reasonable use of ER services. And so it was only after long and anguished deliberation that I recently checked into the emergency room for an evaluation of severe, throbbing tooth pain. >More
 No, we won't cover that

I chose my health-care provider, WPS, through my employer, the Madison school district, many years ago. I am physically healthy and rarely used my health-care benefits. But then I became depressed, confused, and thought I was going crazy. I sought out mental-health services. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Aug. 6 - 11

Many residents of Madison's southwest neighborhoods are fearful that certain blocks are sliding quickly toward trouble. In recent years, they say, criminal activity has increased, particularly in areas of high rental density to the west of Whitney Way on Hammersley, Russett and Balsam Roads. >More
 A Minneapolis expatriate's take on the I-35W bridge collapse

I watched a video stream of WCCO's coverage of the collapse live from the Twin Cities on a computer in my living room Wednesday night after checking in with my parents and sister's family. The station's longtime anchor Don Shelby's voice accompanied pictures from the scene as it did for nearly every big story we ever watched on TV in my house growing up. It was impossible not to pick out my hometown's landmarks as they popped up in shots taken from a news helicopter. >More
 'We've got it all on tape'

In January, Wisconsin joined a growing number of states that require police to record interviews with adult suspects in felony cases. The Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2005 imposed the same mandate on all juvenile interrogations. The goal is to reduce police misconduct and create an accurate record of events that are often subject to dispute. >More
 The mean streets of Madison

Many months ago, there was a warning on the local television news about a rapist who attacked a woman at 5:30 a.m. Wearing only a T-shirt and jeans in wintertime weather, the man came into her home and brutally attacked her. >More
 Bootlegging Concerts on the Square in Madison

Wednesday evening marks the sixth and final Concert on the Square of the 2007 season, the 24th year of free outdoor pops from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. And while patrons, who arrive as early as 3 p.m., drag along lawn chairs, blankets and often elaborate picnic setups, some items are strictly forbidden. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- July 30 - August 2

There's nothing like a late summer work week, especially for an elected official with plenty of public appearances to make. >More
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