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Just married! Meet six same-sex newlyweds in Dane County

Renee Currie and Shari Roll were stunned to be the first in line at the Dane County clerk's office on Friday afternoon. The Madison couple, both in their 40s, have been together for about a decade and have long craved the security that heterosexual couples enjoy through marriage. So when word broke that Wisconsin's amendment banning same-sex marriage had been overturned, they rushed to the clerk's office. >More
 The goal of zero waste in Madison

"I'm a recycling geek," says Paul Abramson, "and I've been having fun figuring out how to change the way Madison takes out trash." You'll feel his presence at summer events such as the Northside Independence Day celebration, La FĂȘte de Marquette and Orton Park Festival. He and volunteers will be manipulating you, often subtly, pushing you toward a goal of "zero waste." >More
 Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says new equipment will help remove harmful phosphorus from lakes

An unprecedented lakes cleanup effort is under way, but don't expect the unmistakable summer stink to go away anytime soon. Not for a decade, at least. "As we start adding up these new policies and practices, the results will accumulate," says Don Heilman, director of the Clean Lakes Alliance. "A lot of good work is being done, but we have a ways to go." >More
 Citizen group concedes push for referendum on Judge Doyle Square likely to fail

A citizens group collecting signatures for a petition to force a referendum on Judge Doyle Square conceded Wednesday that it likely won't be able get the more than 16,000 signatures needed to force a vote. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The thorny issue of Madison's racial divide

Isthmus contributor Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva reported on how Marian Fredal works to bridge Madison's racial divide in the June 6 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 5 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin attorney general candidate Susan Happ shows up for same-sex marriages

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ was the only candidate for Wisconsin attorney general to pay a visit to Madison's City-County Building on Saturday. "I just wanted to see history in its making," Happ said of the same-sex couples getting married that afternoon. >More
 Legislative Reference Bureau report tracks Wisconsin lawmaker election trends

It's the kind of report that probably ends up in more recycling bins than reading piles. Released in May, "Tenure, Turnover and Reelection in the Wisconsin Legislature, 1940-2012," a 32-page bulletin from the Legislative Reference Bureau, lives up to its non-scintillating title, and was received accordingly. >More
 Dane County Towns Association opposes mining regulations

When it comes to mines, Jerry Derr wishes Dane County would leave it to the towns. "We don't need them to regulate mineral extraction sites," says Derr, Bristol town chair and board president of the Dane County Towns Association. >More
 Social-justice group offers financial aid to same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Dane County

Sara Gilbertson set up a card table outside the Madison City-County building on Saturday and hung a makeshift sign that read "emergency marriage financial assistance." Gilbertson, treasurer of the local Autonomous Solidarity Organization, said she was concerned that same-sex couples rushing to city hall to marry might have trouble coming up with the $145 for a same-day marriage license. >More
 No stay on Wisconsin's same-sex marriage-ban ruling yet, but judge leaves the door open

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb turned down Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request for an immediate stay of her Friday ruling overturning Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage. But she said she might issue one in the future. >More
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