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'He's freed us as a people'

Ying Vang was just a small boy when Gen. Vang Pao sent a helicopter to rescue his family from the jungles of Laos. He remembers his parents putting their fingers to their lips and saying "Shhh" because North Vietnamese soldiers were nearby. The women and children ran to the helicopter, which airlifted them to safety. Ying Vang's father stayed behind with the rest of the men to fight. >More
 Pro-Israel, and pro-Armageddon

For the past several months, full-color ads have run in the Madison Jewish News announcing the 'Night to Honor Israel' at the Overture Center. The May 6 event, part of a national campaign by a Zionist group called Christians United for Israel, has drawn a sharply critical response from some local rabbis and progressive Jews. >More
 Could texting work as an alert system at the UW?

A Halloween texting service served as a small-scale example of how relatively new and widely-adopted technologies can be used as an emergency alert system, a particularly trenchant question following the shootings at Virginia Tech on Apr. 16. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- April 23 - 29

On Wednesday, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's schedule indicates he will tour "Silke O'Donnell's day care center." That would be Sunshine Family Day Care in Madison's Burr Oaks neighborhood, located across Fish Hatchery Road from the site Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk hopes to build a new work-release jail facility. >More
 Learning to live with Earth Day

Who are some of the exhibitors appearing at Habitat ReStore's sixth annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday? >More
 Wisconsin's gun laws would not have stopped Cho

Firearm defenders have responded to news that Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui bought one of the guns he used from a Wisconsin dealer by noting that the sale was actually completed by a Virginia pawnbroker, under that state's laws. >More
 McCoy challenged on Vang Pao; he fires back

What follows is a letter Isthmus received on Tuesday, April 17, from Dr. Gary Yia Lee, a visiting professor at the Center of Hmong Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul. In it, he accuses UW Madison History Prof. Alfred McCoy of making misleading generalizations about Hmong General Vang Pao, for whom the Madison school board voted unanimously to name a new westside elementary school. >More
 Photos: The new Madison Common Council meets

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and the Madison Common Council took their oaths of office Tuesday, and our cameras were there. >More
 Madison Common Council split down the middle on oath supplement

At least ten members of the Madison Common Council chose not to sign a supplementary statement on their official oaths of office on Tuesday afternoon. Eli Judge was one of them. >More
 Inauguration Day for Mayor Dave and the Madison Common Council

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and the 2007 Madison Common Council are being sworn in at the City-County Building today. A live account of the scene follows. >More
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