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A second Savers thrift store opens at West Towne

Thrift stores have a way of blending into the landscape, but the proprietors of the new Savers outlet at 7333 West Towne Way want you to know they have arrived. Their promotional blitz included a press release to the local media (believe me when I say that I do not get many press releases about thrift stores), as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning and other festivities. >More
 Rocking out at Dr. Evermor's

Painting a picture or sculpting out of a block is one thing, but to take items that have a predetermined purpose and shape them into creatures with vitality and life? This was a sci-fi city only a genius could create. >More
 Reliving a misspent youth at the historical museum's classic video arcade

No one was as frenzied as I during the video game frenzy of the early 1980s. I was 11 in 1982, the year "Pac-Man Fever" was a top-10 hit, and that was just the right age to appreciate the cartoonish graphics and repetitive play of the day's hit games. I spent many hours in my Nashville neighborhood's arcade, a disreputable place called Family Fun World that had booze and gambling for the adults, Dig Dug for the kiddies. >More
 A tale for hump day

Whenever I move to a new place, I occasionally wake up with a longing for something from a previous home -- a desire to eat the rye bread from the bakery that's now 200 miles away or to hike in the jungle in another hemisphere. Some things are simpler to substitute than others -- making my own tasty bread or taking a walk in a different forest. Other items are a bit harder to re-create. >More
 Your old toys are at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

Nostalgia has a relentless pull, which is why certain eBay vendors make a mint selling yesterday's pop culture effluvia. If you are trying to control your PayPal habit, though, you can simply visit "Toy Stories," a Wisconsin Historical Museum exhibit that gathers mostly American playthings popularized in the latter half of the 20th century. >More
 Snow, rain, thunder -- and standing water?

In the wake of last weekend's storm, with another front bearing down over the next couple of days, local officials are bracing for the possibility of localized flooding in low-lying areas throughout and around Madison. >More
 A blizzard for the record books

This weekend's storm is the first time more than four inches of snowfall has been recorded on three consecutive days. And the historical records date back to 1869. >More
 The snow creatures of Capitol Square

The wet and heavy snow that clogged streets, sidewalks, gutters and the insides of pedestrians' shoes as the winds cleared Sunday was an ideal construction material. Children of all ages set to work making snowballs, snow forts, and snow effigies, filling yards and parks throughout the city with their creations. >More
 Blogging the Blizzard of 2007, in Madison and around Wisconsin

Assuming there are no larger dumpings of snow this year, the weekend's storm may be remembered as the Blizzard of 2007. The conditions on Friday night, Saturday night and early Sunday morning -- complete with heavy snow, high winds, and lightning -- is certainly the most significant storm of this winter. >More
 Snow White and the Seven-Inch Forecast

George Twigg, communications director for Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, checks in with a city advisory urging area residents to get ready for the Big One. >More
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