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Solidarity Sing Along welcomes rival group of conservative singers at Wisconsin Capitol

Ed Kuharski is a regular at the Solidarity Sing Along, the weekly noontime singing protest that Capitol Police have been cracking down on over the past two weeks, giving $200.50 tickets to dozens of participants for not having a permit. But he was happy to learn a group of conservatives, lead by former Isthmus blogger David Blaska, had obtained a permit to sing at noon Monday, the Solidarity singers' usual time slot. >More
 Brent Stewart discusses community and college radio on WORT

Isthmus contributor Brent Stewart reports on how WSUM and WORT are engaging with the internet in the July 26 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Set ablaze by prom prank, Olive Jones Park playground reopens to public

While there may have been sparks of romance between two high school students during the early hours of May 2, the sparks from a fireworks-stunt-gone-awry ignited more than their hearts. That night, a 17-year-old student asked a girl out to prom and set fire to a children's playground in the process. >More
 Residents fear proposed Monroe Street development will change the neighborhood's character

Residents of the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood plan to appeal a recent Plan Commission decision to approve a mixed-use development on Monroe Street. But Ald. Sue Ellingson, who represents the area, says her guess is the appeal will fail. "I think that smart growth is just critical to the future in our city -- to have developments along transportation corridors, to attract young professionals to our city," Ellingson says. "This is the lifeblood of any city." >More
 Hilldale owners want to reconfigure mall as an outdoor plaza

Developers working on a plan to transform Hilldale Shopping Center on Madison's west side into an outdoor plaza presented their vision to the Urban Design Commission Wednesday evening. >More
 Live coverage of the Solidarity Sing Along crackdown at the Wisconsin Capitol on July 25

On Wednesday, July 24, Wisconsin Capitol Police once again started cracking down on the Solidarity Sing Along, the daily lunchtime assembly that started in the Rotunda on March 11, 2011. Some two dozen people were given $200.50 tickets for failing to secure a permit for the event. Many protestors vowed to return again today in defiance of the police crackdown. >More
 Photos of the Solidarity Sing Along arrests at the Wisconsin Capitol on July 25

As the Solidarity Sing Along participants in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda were arrested for a second consecutive day, observers wielding cameras ringed the scene, capturing images of the confrontation for sharing via social media and other outlets. >More
 Urban Design Commission gives nod to "The Hub at Madison" development on State Street

The Urban Design Commission gave final approval with some conditions Wednesday for the "The Hub at Madison" -- a tall luxury housing and retail building proposed for the corner of State and Frances streets. It was the third time the commission heard the proposal, which some fear won't mesh well with surrounding structures along Madison's beloved State Street. >More
 Michael Johnson transforms the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

As the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Michael Johnson feels he's paying back to an organization he says probably saved his life when he was a kid growing up in the projects in Chicago. >More
 Debt bedevils Shamrock Bar, a fixture of Madison's gay community

For many southern Wisconsinites, the Shamrock Bar, 117 W. Main St., was their favorite place to grab brunch. For others, it was a safe space to be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Second Saturdays were traditionally Bear Nights. At Christmastime, patrons plucked paper tags from the bar's giving tree, adding gift requests from AIDS Network Madison clients to their holiday shopping lists. The Shamrock opened in 1985, making it Madison's longest-lived gay bar based on a list maintained by the Wisconsin GLBT History Project. >More
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