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When disaster strikes, Madison Preppers will be ready

At his Town of Bristol home, Curt LaHaise has a T-shirt that says it all: "WTSHTF, ITEOTWAWKI." "When I wear it sometimes, people are like, 'What the hell?" LaHaise is a "prepper," and his shirt's cryptic message is an acronym familiar to people like him preparing for major catastrophes of any kind. It means "When The Shit Hits The Fan, It's The End Of The World As We Know It." >More
 Morrison Street residents make a unique connection in quarterly gatherings

A storm looms over Lake Monona on a Sunday evening in early June, but votive candles cast a comforting glow in the walkout basement of Dave Mollenhoff's lakeshore home. A jazz number called "Mellow Guitar" keeps the mood low-key as neighbors filter in for their quarterly social gathering. Soon the basement is filled with conversation. >More
 The fearless Chris Taylor: Madison's state rep has quickly made a big impression

Chris Taylor had never planned on running for office. She loved her job as public policy director with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. And she had a new baby and a four-year-old at home. Getting into electoral politics was the last thing on her mind. Then Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state Legislature "dropped the bomb," stripping collective bargaining rights for most state workers and public school teachers. >More
 #MeetMadison Live!

Who are the people of this city? #MeetMadison introduces you to some of them, via short stories, audio interviews, video clips, and now, social media. >More
 #MeetMadison: Who are the people of this city?

Madison is a city but can often feel like a small town. Even the most gregarious among us tend to hang out with those we already know. It's comfortable and easy. But we can miss a lot. #MeetMadison, a partnership between Isthmus and four UW journalism classes, attempts to paint a more complete portrait of the people who live and work here. >More
 The Doyenne Group offers support for female entrepreneurs

Next time you're at an entrepreneurial event, count the number of women in the room. Wondering why there are so few? Heather Wentler and Amy Gannon have some ideas. Founders of the Doyenne Group, which aims to support female entrepreneurs, Wentler and Gannon questioned women about their conspicuous absence from networking and business-building events. >More
 A tribute to photographer Phil Ejercito (slideshow)

When collaboration works the way it's supposed to, it's a blast to just participate with the others involved and that's the way it was with Phil every time we worked together. >More
 Scenes from Madison's 2013 St. Patrick's Day parade (slideshow)

Members of Madison's Irish community, both permanent and temporary, donned their green and gathered on the Capitol Square Sunday for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, full of music, mischief and merriment. >More
 Just like family: Big Brothers Big Sisters is turning lives around in Dane County

Dora Zúniga grew up poor in south Texas. "My parents had a third-grade education and spoke little English," says Zúniga, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. "The poverty rate in that community was 60%, and the unemployment rate was 30%." >More
 'I loved him so much': Why one woman stayed with her abusive husband

It's not the three decades of abuse she suffered at the hands of her late first husband that still haunts 79-year-old Bea Christensen. What pains her now, so many years later, is what happened to her children. "The part that makes me feel bad is not my getting hit, but their getting hit," she says tearfully. "It makes me remember when they were little and they had their little white Jockey pants, and they had been spanked so hard on the bottom that his hand print was visible in -- the bruises. And I was too afraid to walk away." >More
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