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Neighbors rebuff efforts to light up Southwest Commuter Path

One evening in early April, Perry Sandstrom was talking with a friend on his front step in the Briar Hill neighborhood when two great horned owls flew by, about 10 feet overhead. "It was amazing," he recalls. "If I hadn't been looking up, I'd never have seen them, because they are so silent when they fly." >More
 Where the wild places are: Get lost in nature around Dane County

Summer is a classic time to get away from the asphalt jungle, but that doesn't mean you have to make reservations and pack your bags. Anyone in Madison is just minutes away from some impressively preserved natural areas tucked in and around the city. In no time you can leave the pavement behind and begin exploring some of the remarkable landscapes that south central Wisconsin has to offer. >More
 Dane County Young Republicans help local GOP 'come out' at Senate forum

In the absence of two of the four announced candidates, a Dane County Young Republicans forum Tuesday night was more a celebration of recent GOP victories and the group's own membership growth than a debate between rivals running for the open U.S. Senate held by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Only businessman Eric Hovde and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann attended. >More
 Denise Brown gets personal in her talk about domestic violence at DAIS luncheon

Denise Brown and her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, were best friends. Yet Denise didn't know about the domestic violence her sister was enduring until after Nicole's 1994 murder. "That word [domestic violence] was never in our vocabulary," says Brown during a brief interview before she spoke to an audience of domestic violence intervention supporters. "We never knew anything about it until we read her notes and diaries after she was killed." >More
 City calls for development proposals at Union Corners

Last Friday, Madison asked for development proposals for the city's largest undeveloped piece of urban land, Union Corners at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street. Developers have six weeks to respond to the request. >More
 Plan Commission approves Madison's Downtown Plan; council is next

The Madison Plan Commission voted 7-2 Monday evening to approve the city's Downtown Plan, which has been in the works for four years. The Common Council will take up the plan at its last meeting in July. >More
 Republicans excelled at ground game in Walker recall efforts

Among the many theories of how Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge from Democrat Tom Barrett is the allegedly superior Republican "ground game." >More
 Were the Wisconsin Capitol protests really 'surrounded by reality'?

Round-the-clock demonstrations, Capitol sleep-ins, the Solidarity Sing Along, the "Walkerville" encampment -- all these empowered the left in Madison, but were these protests too contentious for the rest of the state? Joe Heim, a UW-La Crosse political science professor, says voters had "mixed feelings" about the protests. >More
 Survey finds quality of life for people with disabilities falling in Wisconsin; advocates recommend changes

Joe Mielczarek has been advocating for people with disabilities for 40 years. Some say that's why he was put on this earth. "That's what my wife tells me," he says. Mielczarek, retired from his job as a college counselor for students with disabilities, now chairs the Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities. The group is gearing up in response to a recent survey by United Cerebral Palsy that measures quality of life for people with disabilities. According to the annual survey, Wisconsin's ranking dropped this year from 20th in the nation to 27th. >More
 Will political rivals find common ground after Walker's brat summit?

An offer of beer and brats is as good an olive branch as any in this land we call Wisconsin. Accordingly, at least 37 Democrats, 60 Republicans and one independent lawmaker accepted Gov. Scott Walker's invitation to down a few brewskis at the governor's mansion Tuesday night in the name of reconciliation. The goal was to find a way to move beyond the extreme partisan rancor that culminated in the June 5 recall election against Walker, who beat back Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. >More
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