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Madison at Play: 24 hours of fun and adventure

Temperatures finally warmed up last weekend, and Madison came out to play. Isthmus set itself the task of chronicling 24 hours' worth of fun, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday. >More
 How can Madison move towards racial equity?

If you're white and live in Madison, odds are you're doing okay. You're probably educated or at least employed. You may have access to health care and own a home, and chances are you've never been incarcerated. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: My dad's agonizing final year with dementia

Isthmus contributor Catherine Capellaro reported on her father's end-of-life struggle with dementia in the March 7 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the March 6 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 No place for Dad: Not even nursing homes could handle his end-stage dementia

In the space of a year, my 76-year-old dad was moved in ambulances or cop cars eight times among treatment centers. He was suffering from dementia and prone to acting out, and nursing homes and a hospital refused him to take him in. One time he was handcuffed and chained in the back of a police car -- the result of an "involuntary commitment for treatment" under Wisconsin Statute 51.20. >More
 Out of prison, into the light: Caliph Muab-el seeks to end the mass incarceration of black men

On a cold Wednesday afternoon in January, Caliph Muab-el sits on a stage at the Wisconsin Resource Center next to male inmates in green prison garb. Each is here to describe his path to prison as part of a healing process. >More
 Cheap Shots 2013: Honoring a year's worth of misbehavior

Gov. Scott Walker has kept Madison in the national spotlight the last couple of years. But in terms of notoriety, he got stiff competition in 2013 from Matthew Hurtado, who opened the Snuggle House as a "touch therapy" provider downtown. >More
 Bringing up baby, again: More grandparents are stepping in when parents check out

Single mom Sue Palm knew things were bad with her daughter, Tina, but at least she was getting help. Tina (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, along with those of other children in this story) had long struggled with learning and behavioral issues, and eventually her father's death. >More
 My 'touch therapy' session at the Snuggle House is strange but pleasant

The experience of having a physically intimate moment with a complete stranger is usually reserved for times of crisis -- perhaps an impulsive hug for someone who just lost a loved one, or a moment holding hands in fear at the first sight of a forming tornado. It's in the uncanny valley between familiar and unknown. At the Snuggle House, this kind of physical contact is viewed as therapeutic. >More
 Entrepreneurs revealed as idealists at the 2013 Isthmus Independent Business Awards

What if there were a place where small, locally owned businesses devoted themselves to helping the less fortunate? And treating their employees fairly? And cooperating with one another? >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Celebrating the businesses that make Dane County unique

We love businesses that love Dane County. The Isthmus Independent Business Awards recognizes companies that operate in a community-minded way and, in the process, make this a pretty awesome place to live. >More
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