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The carp are coming!

If you haven't yet seen the YouTube videos of Asian carp flinging themselves out of the water, head-butting anglers and hurling their hideous, slimy selves at passing motorboats, you really ought to check them out. These monster fish (they can grow up to seven feet long and weigh 150 pounds) are heading our way. It's like a low-budget horror movie, except it's for real. >More
 Madison's sustainability mirage

Gleaming atop Madison's new Fire Station #12 sits its green crown jewel -- a solar panel. Station #12 on the city's far west side is so green it was just awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's "Platinum" status. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is shouting the news from the mountaintops. Here it is, a full flowering of his Natural Step program for a sustainable city. >More
 Dane County DA's Office seeks fairness, justice

We're accountable to the public, which expects public protection and rightly also cares about the just and fair application of the criminal laws. We have to get it right, which means convicting those who are provably guilty and addressing any claims of innocence promptly and effectively. This is what we try hard to do every day. >More
 An open letter to the Dane County district attorney's office

Dear Brian Blanchard and Judy Schwaemle: I'm grateful for our long and mostly positive association. Thus I'm troubled by our recent to-do over Forest Shomberg, the Madison man who was freed after serving half of a 12-year prison sentence. I'd like to outline my take on this and other cases. You're welcome to an equal amount of space to reply. >More
 Making peace with hip-hop

One of the things I love about Madison is that you can find something new to see or do on any given night while still running into people you know. It's the best of big-city amenities and small-town familiarity. And among the big-city amenities I most adore is Madison's music scene, with its diverse lineup of artists and styles. >More
 The joy of receiving

No soothsayer has been more prophetic than Eartha Kitt, who accurately forecast the zeitgeist of 2009 in her 1953 holiday hit, "Santa Baby": "Santa cutie, fill my stocking with a duplex / and checks. Sign your 'X' on the line. Santa Cutie, hurry down the chimney tonight." >More
 Blizzardgate strikes Madison!

I think it's safe to say that top honors in the headline-writing department won't be going to the Wisconsin State Journal for last Thursday's editorial: "Storm Troopers Perform Well." >More
 Justice for Forest Shomberg

It's hard to simply characterize what happened to Forest Shomberg. Obviously, a lot of things went terribly wrong for the Madison native to spend six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. But, in the end, a few things went remarkably right. >More
 The GOP's dilemma

What an interesting state of affairs. The Republican Party has seemingly become a shell operation controlled by a vibrant and growing conservative movement. It views the GOP as a tool to put conservatives in power. >More
 Madison mayor's power is too vast

No local issue in recent years has a caused a bigger storm in the student community than the debate over whether to add a student as a voting member to the Alcohol License Review Committee. Students said it was their right. Barb Mercer, head of the Dane County Tavern League, said it was unfair. >More
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