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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
 Tensions escalate at Wisconsin Capitol as police commence new round of Solidarity Sing Along arrests

State Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) doesn't understand what Gov. Scott Walker is trying to prove by arresting protesters singing songs in the Capitol Rotunda every day at noon. After several days of warnings starting last week, Capitol Police arrested nearly two-dozen Solidarity Sing Along participants Wednesday, writing them each a $200.50 ticket for the charge of "no permit." >More
 Anti-abortion groups make big gains in Wisconsin while spending relatively little money

People who think money is the mother's milk of politics ought to ponder the astonishing recent success of the state's anti-abortion lobby. Despite expenditures that qualify as puny among state interest groups, Wisconsin Right to Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin are seeing major gains under Republican Gov. Scott Walker and a GOP-controlled Legislature. The state is now at the forefront of national efforts to make abortion and even birth control harder to get. >More
 Fans of The Onion sorry to see the end of the Madison print edition

After this week, The Onion will no longer be printed in Madison, where it was founded in 1988, and that's no joke. Capital Newspapers, which publishes the satirical newspaper locally, decided not to renew its contract with The Onion, so the July 25 issue will be the last. >More
 New UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank to tackle daunting challenges starting July 22

When incoming University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank officially enters Bascom Hall on Monday, July 22, she'll face a steep learning curve. >More
 Joe Tarr discusses Dane County's new vote tabulators on WORT

Isthmus reporter Joe Tarr reports on Dane County's plans to buy new vote tabulators in the July 18 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Capitol Police once again threaten arrests at Solidarity Sing Along, but take no action

The Capitol Police again warned Solidarity Sing Along participants that they face arrest if they continue to gather without a permit in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda, as they have been doing each weekday at noon since March 11, 2011. The police have been warning the group each day since Thursday, July 11 that they could be arrested. >More
 Environmental questions over fireworks debris continue as Rhythm & Booms moves to Lake Monona

Rhythm & Booms will move out of Warner Park for 2014. The annual fireworks show will return to the Saturday before the July 4 holiday and shift to John Nolen Drive, with the fireworks set off from barges in Lake Monona, Madison Festivals Inc. announced at a press conference Wednesday at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. >More
 Monroe Street keeps it local

Monroe Street has some of our finest shops and restaurants. It's home to Bucky Badger, nuns and Trader Joe's, and it has been visited by notables including Ulysses Grant and the real Winnie the Pooh. It's our first suburb, and according to an official city report it "has no existing direct competitors within Madison in terms of business mix and merchandise quality." >More
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