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Madison officials hold out hope for compromise on Block 100 development

Is there room for a compromise on the 100 block of State Street? That's what the Urban Design Commission will try to find out on Wednesday evening, as it once again tackles the controversial project neighboring the Overture Center. >More
 Wisconsin's nonprofit news outlets are not all the same

The other day at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual convention in Madison, I represented the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism on a panel titled, "Nonprofit News: What You Need to Know About 'Free' Media." The panel, sponsored by the Madison professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, was timely. >More
 Warming trends threaten Wisconsin trout streams

If you ask a Wisconsin trout fisherman about the condition of the state's trout population, you're likely to bring a smile to his or her face. "There's more streams than you could probably fish in a lifetime," trout enthusiast Dave Fowler tells me when asked about his fishing domain in southwestern Wisconsin. "Just from talking to people who fish more than I do…they can definitely tell the difference." >More
 What do we want to be? Asking hard questions about Madison's future

For the Madison region the future is all about growth. Where we put it. How we shape it. Who comes. Who goes. Every couple of years an expert shows up to tell us that things aren't as great as we think. Last month it was a consultant from Atlanta, hired by the regional economic development group called Thrive. He told a meeting of business and community leaders that Madison wasn't well known nationally and that unless we marketed ourselves better we could see the economic parade pass us by. >More
 Infamous Santorum supporter Foster Friess gave $104,600 to Scott Walker

The day after a recall campaign was launched against Gov. Scott Walker in November, Foster Friess gave the governor $100,000. Friess is the wealthy supporter of socially conservative causes -- and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum -- who infamously stated on MSNBC earlier this month that an aspirin could double as birth control for a woman. >More
 Circuit court judge candidates Allen, Berz spar at peer forum

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Roger Allen has criticized his opponent, Ellen Berz, for referring to him as the "Scott Walker's appointee." But only Allen himself used the label during a debate Tuesday organized by the Dane County Bar Association. >More
 Madison Landmarks Commission wants to save Stark building on State Street's 100 block

The Landmarks Commission Monday night unanimously recommended against tearing down the Stark Building at the corner of Fairchild and Mifflin Streets for a proposed development on the 100 block of State Street. Although the commission's vote is purely advisory, it's indicative of the resistance the developers - Overture benefactors Jerome Frautschi and Pleasant Rowland - face as they seek to raze half of the 100 block of State Street in order to build a $10-million office building and private plaza across from the Overture Center. >More
 Wisconsin protest books hot off the press

A year after the massive protests over Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill, the first books on the phenomenon are starting to emerge. First out of the gate was It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest. >More
 Digging into the Madison Fire Department's report on the Underground Kitchen fire

On February 2, the Madison Fire Department completed its official report on the fire at 24 N. Webster St. that took place in the early morning hours of June 30, 2011. While the official cause remains "undetermined," the presumed cause was self-heating of restaurant towels, which investigators were "unable to rule out," according to the department's news release. Through an open records request, Isthmus obtained the 158-page department report on the fire. >More
 Madison voters turned away at polls for lacking photo ID

Melanie Sax and other poll workers recognized the longtime voter. They also found her name and address in the poll book. But she did not have a photo ID for Tuesday's primary so she could not vote. "She was fairly recently in a car accident and couldn't make it to the DOT to get a Wisconsin ID," said Sax, the chief elections inspector at the polling location at Trinity United Methodist Church on Vilas Avenue. >More
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