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Is city of Madison a cheapskate on ice?

Steve Goldstein, an east-side resident and avid skater, has noticed it. "The quality of the ice is not as good this year," he says of the city skating rink at Tenney Park. In particular, he was struck that snow was not removed over the long New Year's holiday. He believes there's been a shift in parks policy, due to fiscal concerns. He's right. >More
 Sobriety never tasted so good

Karen Reppen almost couldn't believe it. The Madison resident was scanning a listing of upcoming events when she saw "A Celebration of American Distilling" set for Feb. 19 at the Edgewater Hotel. No surprise there; this is, after all, Wisconsin. What popped Reppen's cork was that this is a benefit for the Teresa McGovern Center, an alcohol-abuse treatment facility. >More
 Bias complaints at Madison Water Utility circling the drain

As more information trickles out, it appears that the allegations leveled by employees of the Madison Water Utility are circling the drain. >More
 Rule change was their Salvation

Major Paul Moore knows just how it feels. He's been there himself. "My situation was identical to his," says Moore, the Salvation Army's Dane County coordinator, referring to a recent high-profile case involving a fellow officer in Oshkosh. >More
 Recycle this: Another market crashes

The city of Madison last week boasted that its automated refuse and recycling collection saves $1.4 million a year. But these savings could be largely wiped out by a crashing market for recycled materials. >More
 Dane County's secret GOP chair

Perhaps the most bizarre part of last week's Election Night Watching Party sponsored by the Republican Party of Dane County (see post, wasn't the guy overheard saying, "You know, it wouldn't surprise me if the Democrats started using the Koran," or even the handout evoking the eerie parallels between the rise of Adolf Hitler and that of the "abortionist" Barack Obama. >More
 Don't let your vote be stolen

The pollsters and pundits seem to agree: Barack Obama has a huge lead over John McCain in the race for president. But that doesn't mean McCain won't win. >More
 Don't let the bedbugs bite

Joseph Lancman thinks the little buggers may be a bigger problem than most people realize. He's right. In August, after finishing work on his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the UW-Madison, Lancman moved into a new apartment. His bed became infested with bedbugs, a once-common pest that's enjoying a worldwide resurgence. Lancman tried to get rid of the small, wingless insects, which like to feed on exposed skin, leaving large, itchy welts. >More
 Dogged pursuit

There's no need to ask Sue O'Brien how she felt. Anyone who's ever loved a dog can imagine. On Sept. 11, O'Brien's 5-year-old field spaniel, Wynn, escaped from the county's Yahara Heights dog park on Madison's north side, either through a hole in the fence or the gate in front. O'Brien was not present; Wynn was at the park with his doggie daycare providers. >More
 Cops kept mum about another beating

The Madison Police Department suppressed news of a violent assault that occurred this summer. Police, after initially denying that anything occurred, now confirm that two men were battered into unconsciousness in a fight on Madison's north side in the early morning hours of June 14; both were taken to the hospital. >More
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