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Another Madison blizzard, another massive snowball fight on Bascom Hill

It's now a tradition: A massive snowstorm blankets Madison, the UW shuts down and hundreds of students descend on Bascom Hill to stage an epic war... and document the whole thing on their phones. >More
 Early views of the December 2012 blizzard from Madison photographers

With as much as eight inches on the ground at 10 a.m. and plenty more on the way, Madisonians braved blizzard conditions Thursday, chronicled what they saw and shared it on social media. Here is their story. >More
 2012 Isthmus Photo Contest: My Madison Pet (slideshow)

We weren't just looking for cuteness in our annual photo contest, this year focusing on pets. If we were, the dogs in the Green Bay Packers jerseys would have won first, second and third place. No, we were looking for memorable images. Here are the ones that made us sit up on our hind legs and pant. >More
 A Wisconsinite rides out Hurricane Sandy in New York City

Three years ago, I moved from Madison to New York. Compared to the Midwest, this city doesn't see much in the way of storms. Gone were the days of late-spring thunder, those huge cracks of sound that shook the house of my youth. No more were the eerie green skies; no more were the sirens -- those long, low cries that stretch across counties, igniting both anticipation and abject fear. Even so, I'm always prepared. >More
 Taxi Driver: Riding shotgun in a cab during Freakfest, Madison's biggest party of the year

It's a surreal night: Garth from Wayne's World waits for a bus near West High School. On Broom Street, a bus is crammed with Mario Brothers characters and an assortment of furry suits. And it seems like everyone wants a cab. >More
 'You see life': My tour of the Dane County Fair

Trapped in the cow barn, I waited with other fairgoers and animal handlers as a long-awaited storm put a damper on the first night of the Dane County Fair. But I didn't hear any complaints. With the side doors closed to the elements, the cattle continued to rest, and chew on hay. I watched the lights on the rides on the midway flash through sheets of rain. >More
 Park Street: A view from The Curve (video)

The Curve isn't just a diner serving breakfast and lunch each day on Park Street, it's a Madison institution. Owner Bill Antonie, long-time waitress Kathy Tracy and their customers talk about the diner and the neighborhood over breakfast. >More
 Welcome to Madison's Park Street: Its checkered past gives way to a bright future

It's our southern gateway. And for decades, no single street in Madison has better represented our success and our missteps. It's our social, fiscal and racial barometer, and we've forgotten how it came to be -- how we forced it to be. It is Park Street. >More
 With music and poutine, La Fête de Marquette salutes French culture

Friday evening, La Fête de Marquette celebrated French culture as only the Midwest can. Friends and family gathered on Madison's industrial near east side the night before Bastille Day for French-inspired cuisine, music, crafts and ... well ... beer. >More
 How I learned to love the heat wave -- and saw Madison as a tourist

By Monday, July 2, we had already been hitting the 90s every day for six days in a row. But I didn't mind -- at least not too much -- because I had fans on constantly. In fact, they were so effective that I had somehow, miraculously stopped sweating! I didn't know it, but I was experiencing heat exhaustion -- if not worse. >More
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