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American Family dumps elderly woman for needing her insurance

Marian Pehowski is certainly not unworldly or unwise. The 85-year-old Madison resident has worked as a features writer (for the Milwaukee Journal), section editor (at the Green Bay Press-Gazette) and academic (at the UW-Milwaukee, Marquette and UW-Madison, among other places). She has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, and she's lived on every continent except Antarctica. >More
 Dane County threatens little old lady

Some people call Sally Franz "The Puppet Lady" because of the marionette shows she staged for years. Others call her "Aunt Sally." And everyone agrees she's a character. But Franz, an 82-year-old town of Oregon resident who until five years ago worked as an educational assistant at Cherokee Middle School, may soon earn another appellation: homeless. >More
 Crash-test pedestrians

Here's a corollary to last week's Isthmus story on police efforts to uphold pedestrians' rights. >More
 More bad news for newspapers

While the newspaper business is starting to stabilize as the economy improves, newspaper sales continue to decline. >More
 Fountains of sorrow

Last year the fountains on the Capitol Square, part of a $810,000 renovation in 2005, were on the blink well into summer, due to a series of mechanical and plumbing problems. "Everyone involved is frustrated," said then-city engineer Larry Nelson. >More
 Durian makes a big stink on State Street

One recent day a customer using the bathroom in a common area behind Community Pharmacy on State Street noticed what she thought was the smell of natural gas. Madison Gas and Electric was called and "recommended that we get everybody out of the building," says store employee Day Host-Jablonski. >More
 UW Memorial Library 'red-flagged' felon

Wayne Murphy says he's gone to UW's Memorial Library at least 10 times a year since 2001, doing research for his writing. "I looked for book publishers, writing workshops, tips from successful authors," says Murphy, who in 2008 self-published a novel called Crackin' Up under the pseudonym Swank Master. >More
 City of Madison to socialists: Pay for free speech

Chris Dols is not happy with how things are turning out. For years his group, the UW-based International Socialist Organization, sold its Socialist Worker newspaper on State Street and elsewhere. Now he feels it's being unfairly made to "jump through hoops" and pay large amounts to continue exercising what should be First Amendment rights. >More
 Going vegan for God

The good folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are always looking for converts. And so when the Virginia-based animal rights group saw that the Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton won top honors from the U.S. Green Building Council for a new building, it dashed off an email urging the monastery become even greener by eschewing meat and dairy products. >More
 UW's nuclear terror risk now even lower

In the aftermath of 9/11, UW-Madison officials hastened to assert that a campus-based nuclear reactor used for research and teaching posed little danger to the public or national security. >More
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