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Live coverage of the Solidarity Sing Along crackdown at the Wisconsin Capitol on August 19

It's been well over two years since the height of the protests at the Wisconsin Capitol against Gov. Scott Walker and his policies, but the Solidarity Sing Along has gathered there on a continuous basis since that time, providing a constant vocal reminder of opposition to the administration. Now, as Capitol Police renew a crackdown on the assembly, crowds are growing once again. >More
 Forward Technology Festival aims to stimulate tech businesses in Madison

Madison might not be considered a hippie haven anymore, but Jim Remsik envisions a technology-oriented future for the city. Remsik, who is a local software developer and technical reviewer, as well as the founder of Madison Ruby Conference, sees a need for building networking opportunities for Madison tech entrepreneurs. >More
 Wisconsin labor leader Marty Beil calls on union members to join Solidarity Sing Along

Attendance has grown at the Solidarity Sing Along due to the recent Capitol Police crackdown on protesters. But the crowds are still small compared to those that swelled downtown in spring 2011 after Gov. Scott Walker announced plans to eliminate collective bargaining for most public workers. That might be about to change. >More
 Journalist, Madison alder arrested as Wisconsin Capitol police broaden crackdown

First it was the diehards, then a couple of clerics. Now it's journalists and politicians being arrested in the recent crackdown at the Capitol. Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, and Madison Ald. Mark Clear were arrested Thursday at the Solidarity Sing Along. >More
 Del Henning closes Williamson Bicycle Works amid increased competition, stress

When Del Henning opened Williamson Bicycle Works in 1982 he used his entire life savings, which at the time was less than $2,000. But after three decades, he abruptly closed its doors in July. "I realized I don't have a prayer right now," says Henning, noting the shop's revenue did not match its debt. >More
 On probation and homeless: Wisconsin offenders with nowhere else to go are placed in shelters

It was snowing last December when Kevin Brooks, then 39, entered a homeless shelter for the first time. It was just a few days after he took a plea agreement to be on probation for the next four years. Unable to find housing near his family in Marinette County, Brooks was called back to Madison by the probation office. He expected to be confined inside a Dane County halfway house. His probation officer had different plans for him. >More
 Wisconsin bill would shield underage drinkers from prosecution when seeking emergency help

A Wisconsin Assembly committee will hold a public hearing Thursday on a bipartisan bill that aims to protect underage drinkers from prosecution when seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance. The bill, AB 256, was spearheaded by the UW campus group Associated Students of Madison as part of its Responsible Action Campaign, launched in the 2012-13 academic year. >More
 Gov. Walker's picks recast membership of Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission

Most people in Wisconsin don't know the state Labor and Industry Review Commission even exists -- until it makes decisions affecting their lives. An independent administrative agency, the commission hears appeals of state rulings regarding unemployment insurance, worker's compensation and equal rights -- decisions that can be costly for employers and their insurers. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The Frautschi family's impact on Madison

Isthmus contributor Stuart Levitan reports on the impact the Frautschi family has had on Madison in the August 9 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the August 8 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Police and Fire Commission will rule on complaint against Stephen Heimsness in Paul Heenan shooting

Amelia Royko Maurer remains hopeful that the Madison Police and Fire Commission will move forward with her complaint against MPD officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot and killed her friend and roommate Paul Heenan in November 2012. "I think we have standing," she says. "We want the public to see an analysis of the use of force policy.... It's worth sharing because this affects all of us." >More
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