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Former DA Hal Harlowe recalls Dane County trial of serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin

Serial murderer Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled for execution Wednesday in Missouri for the 1977 killing of a man outside a St. Louis synagogue. Among Franklin's other victims were Madison residents Alphonce Manning Jr., a black man, and Toni Schwenn, a white woman, who were shot to death a month later in the parking lot of East Towne Mall. >More
 Convention center researcher Heywood Sanders warns against building new Monona Terrace hotel

Heywood Sanders admits that, "most people don't listen to me." The professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio has been documenting how cities around the country have been investing in convention centers and convention center hotels, with little to show for it. He gave a series of talks on the trend as Madison prepares to invest up to $80 million in its own convention center hotel to support Monona Terrace as part of the Judge Doyle Square project. >More
 BadgerCare uncertainty continues

Come Jan. 1 some 92,000 low-income Wisconsin residents stand to lose their BadgerCare Plus health insurance or, if they continue to qualify for the program, start paying a premium. >More
 Proposed East Wilson Street high-rise apartment draws ire of neighboring condo owners

The First Settlement Neighborhood meeting on the proposed mixed-use high-rise at 149 E. Wilson St. Tuesday was billed as an opportunity for the developers to hear from nearby residents. And developer Lance McGrath of McGrath Property Group and Paul Cuta of Cas4 Architecture got an earful about their proposal. >More
 In Unintimidated, Scott Walker reveals depth of disdain for unions, protesters

There has been much debate on the origins of the Occupy movement. Some point to the "Arab Spring" uprisings, others to Adbusters, the Canadian magazine that floated the idea for a global protest against corporate greed. And still others say it started with the Madison protests over Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public workers. On that last point, Walker agrees, though he sees it as a point of shame, not pride. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Diane Ravitch's challenge to school privatization

Isthmus contributor Catherine Capellaro reports on Diane Ravitch and her opposition to school privatization in the November 8 issue and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the November 7 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison hoteliers urge caution on another Monona Terrace hotel at Judge Doyle Square

The committee overseeing proposals for the most expensive project Madison has ever contemplated got surprisingly little input at a public hearing on Monday night, with just a few dozen people showing up and even fewer expressing opinions. But the opinions they expressed were very much divided. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker's Unintimidated celebrates himself, puts down unions, makes mistakes

Gov. Scott Walker's new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, has been faulted for what it omits. Attention is also due to what it delivers: A vast portal into the mindset of Wisconsin's most controversial politician. >More
 Millions more for Monona Terrace

The way Mayor Paul Soglin sees it, the city's investment in Monona Terrace, which he spearheaded two decades ago, has paid off in all sorts of ways for Madison. But not all of them can be measured in dollars and cents. The investment, Soglin argues, caused a boom in downtown development and confirmed Madison as a happening place that people want to visit. >More
 Wisconsin legislation would impose additional requirements for asbestos lawsuits

In April, Renee Simpson told a state legislative committee about her father, who was diagnosed last fall with mesothelioma, a virulent form of cancer associated with asbestos. While he was too weak to travel, she said, he considered the legislation she had come to testify against "unconscionable." >More
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