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Are high-end homes undervalued?

Susan Paskewitz of Madison admits she's "sort of a nosy neighbor." The UW-Madison entomology professor (she specializes in mosquitoes) has long been curious about home values in her near-west-side environs. Recently, she noticed that one property on the market for $980,000 has an assessed value of just $660,000. That fed into her "growing sense that higher-priced properties are consistently underassessed." >More
 Madison seeks MOH-better Muzak

The city of Madison, bowing to behind-the-scenes prodding from the guy who writes Isthmus' popular "Watchdog" column, is moving forward with a plan to drop the hideous, heinous, god-awful hold music on the city's phone system. >More
 Marino reward money up for grabs

The presumption of innocence aside, it does seem rather likely that 20-year-old Adam Peterson was responsible for the death of Joel Marino. His DNA is on the murder weapon and he's on tape admitting to the crime. Much less clear is whether anyone will get the $45,000-plus publicly offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Marino's killer. >More
 Mayor Dave's fanatical anti-car crusade

If a lone committee member's recent suggestion that Madison consider restricting new drive-through venues was enough to cause a national stink, just wait till Rush Limbaugh finds out about Dave Cieslewicz's interest in "car-light" neighborhoods. >More
 The facts about gas drive-offs

With gas hitting $4 a gallon, you'd think there'd be a sharp rise here, as elsewhere, in the number of people who peel away from the pump without paying. You'd be wrong. >More
 Steve Prieve didn't get his boat back, but he doesn't mind; he got away with his life

As the 56-year-old Madison resident tells the story, he was fishing for bluegills on Lake Wingra in mid-June of 1999 when a sudden storm capsized his canoe. He nearly went down with it when his foot got tangled in the anchor line, but managed to pull free. >More
 Mayor Dave's green dream

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz sees a 2,800-acre chunk of land on the city's northeast side as an opportunity to do something unprecedented. >More
 Fresh hope in old murder case

A recent Wisconsin State Journal story on the upcoming 40th anniversary of UW-Madison student Christine Rothschild's brutal murder contained this discouraging line: "The trail of the murderer could not get any colder, unless the killer is dead too." Linda Schulko, a friend of Rothschild's who is planning a memorial at the UW Carillon Tower on May 26, 11 am, begs to differ. >More
 DA won't charge alleged rapist

Further evidence, if any were needed, that rape victims maybe ought to just keep their mouths shut comes in the form of the Dane County District Attorney's official response to Lorraine Cook, a Madison woman who courageously came forward to report being raped on Jan. 8 of this year. >More
 Will mayor get his way on parkland sale?

Thursday, April 17, marks the one-year anniversary of an effort by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz to circumvent the Madison Parks Commission. After the commission thrice unanimously rejected his call to sell some city parkland ("Lincoln School Land Sale Proves Contentious," 2/17/06), Cieslewicz created the James Madison Park Property Planning Committee to revisit the issue. >More
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