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Developer Cliff Fisher deals with fallout over courthouse clash

If this were The Daily Show, we might joke that Cliff Fisher can be a bit of a dick. But it isn't, so let's just say the Madison developer, who owns millions of dollars in property downtown, is a colorful character who isn't above holding a grudge. >More
 What they're doing to the Glass Bank

It's a question anyone who spends time on Madison's Capitol Square has probably heard, if not asked: "What are they doing to that building?" But amazingly, hardly anyone has asked it of the folks who know. >More
 Kids on mom, dad: Beats me

The recently released 2009 Dane County Youth Assessment, by far the most comprehensive overview of what is being done by and to area children (responses were garnered from more than 24,000 area students, 90% of the total in grades 7 through 12), shows an overall decline in risky drug use and sexual behaviors. >More
 Dude, where's my skate park?

Caleb Coccari-Swift says he's learned his lesson: "We need to stop doing this as a guerrilla group." The dilemma he faces, though, is that this is the only approach that's worked. >More
 Madison school district offers support for transgendered students

A few weeks back, parents of students at a Madison elementary school received an unusual note, about a student in the fifth grade who "while born male, has for some time felt he is female." The student, with support from family, doctors and the school community, was about to start being a girl. >More
 Dane County authorities fine with fibbing

It's official: Nothing of consequence will happen to Sharon Koski, a Dane County Family Court counselor who was caught falsely claiming, on paper and even under oath, to be a licensed marriage and family therapist. >More
 State Journal bucks circulation trend

While the most recent numbers show that the circulation of daily newspapers plunged 7% from the year before, Madison's sole remaining city daily, the Wisconsin State Journal, is holding its own. >More
 Watchdog updates

Ed Peterson, the Madison renter whose landlord cleaned out his pad by mistake, is still wrangling over the recompense. >More
 Throwing it all away

It was last Wednesday, Earth Day, when Isthmus asked the U.S. Postal Service in Madison if it was no longer recycling large quantities of plastic wrap. >More
 Drunk driver granted bartending license, pot grower denied

Ron Trachtenberg was appalled. In a protest email to members of the city of Madison's Alcohol License Review Committee, the Madison attorney and former alderperson called it "a disaster" and "disgusting." >More
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