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Take a trip with the Conklin House through downtown Madison

Weekend merrymaking ran well into the early hours of Monday morning in downtown Madison as hundreds of people took to the streets to watch a house get moved from its 120 year-long home in the heart of the UW campus to a new lot on the near east side. Wielding cell phones and cameras of all kinds, a strange procession of people clearly enjoying the summer-like weather kept pace as the house made its way along several of the city's busiest streets. >More
 Remembering Bob 'Cosmo' Hicks and his life on State Street and around Madison

Scores of people packed into the big front room at Pres House on Wednesday afternoon to remember Robert Hicks -- known to many in Madison as Cosmo -- and share anecdotes about their encounters with him. Even if you are among the unfortunate few who missed the opportunity to encounter him yourself, the fact that almost all those Cosmo stories were greeted with laughter instead of tears gives you some idea of the impression he made on people. So does this: Those in attendance were laughing with Cosmo, not at him. >More
 Remembering late Madison East High School principal Milt McPike

Tributes to Milton McPike have proliferated since his death Saturday, at 68, from a rare type of cancer. Such was the long-time East High School principal's impact on Madison and the thousands of students whose lives he shaped. >More
 Madison springs forward after a long winter

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has proclaimed an even earlier spring than Sun Prairie's Jimmy the Groundhog, who did not see his shadow back on Feb. 2. >More
 Snowshoeing Lake Monona as winter winds down

Setting foot on an iced-over lake involves some assumption of risk. Thickness can dwindle from feet to inches within a few paces. Density can likewise go from marble to porous in a matter of hours. Even ice that is several feet thick can be under so much pressure that it explodes in a semblance of tectonic convulsion. >More
 Total lunar eclipse to treat Madison skywatchers

Weather permitting, there may be no better place than Dane County for watching tonight's total lunar eclipse, which will be visible across much of North and South America as well as certain other regions of the world. The local forecasts at this writing predict clear to partly cloudy skies, which would afford fine viewing. Temperatures are expected to plunge toward the lowest yet this winter, however, so pile on the insulating layers if you intend to step outside to see what may prove quite a spectacular display. >More
 This magnificent Madison winter and its record snowfall

I hereby declare this the most spectacular Madison winter since climatologists had the foresight to start keeping detailed local records back in the latter 19th century. Until now, my all-time favorite was the winter of 1978-79, when 76.1 inches of snow fell on Madison to break a seasonal record that had stood for almost 100 years. >More
 Madison hosts all-city Scrabble tournament

Break out the dictionaries and the little wooden squares because it's time for a Madtown Scrabble smackdown! A citywide Scrabble tournament, organized by Madison Family Literacy, aims to help raise funds for reading and education programs for adults and children in the city. The tournament runs from February 23-24 at the Hilldale Shopping Center, and kicks off with a challenge game between Mayor Dave and whoever makes the highest bid for the honor of schooling him at wordplay. >More
 My Super Fat Tuesday bar crawl around Madison

Though more sensible folks wisely hunkered down at home as the latest winter storm started dumping snow on Tuesday night, there was no shortage of people out on the town. This simply wasn't a typical mid-week crowd, though, as several nightspots around downtown Madison filled up with folks gathering to celebrate two disparate yet similarly-named events, the Super Tuesday set of presidential primaries and Mardi Gras. Over the course of a few hours, I stopped by parties at four bars to find out who was making the most of the big night. >More
 Walking through a Madison Winter Festival wonderland

Smiles. Color. Fun. These are the primary impressions taken away Saturday, Feb. 2, from the Madison Winter Festival, which continued Sunday on and around the Capitol Square. Along East Main Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, snow sculptures including a literal house shoe represented the fanciful nature of a weekend devoted to skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, tubing, kite-flying and other wintry activities in the heart of Madison. >More
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