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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 51.0° F  Fair
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Internal review clears Wirtz, Nelson in misconduct case

A 12-page Department of Civil Rights report, completed in February and provided to Isthmus, found both men blameless for a conversation in which they speculated about a sexual relationship involving two Water Utility employees. >More
 Dane County withholds death-probe report

Dane County officials are stonewalling on releasing the findings of a state investigation into the death of six-year-old Deshaunsay Sykes-Crowder. >More
 Death review nears end

Speaking of investigations, state officials are at long last wrapping up their review of the actions of Dane County social workers that led to the death of a child. >More
 Kevin Briski cleared in probe

A city report suggests that Kevin Briski, Madison's new parks superintendent, was the victim of unfair and untrue allegations. The city launched an extensive probe last year into complaints from a Parks Division employee who charged that Briski harassed and discriminated against him. >More
 Dude, where's everything I own?

Ed Peterson of Madison lives an ascetic lifestyle, with few possessions. But he's nonetheless traumatized by what's transpired. "I've been violated," he says. "Everything that was personal and intimate to me was gone through by a total stranger." And some of it may be gone for good. >More
 Long municipal nightmare is over

The citizens of Madison, and throughout the rest of the planet, owe a huge debt of gratitude to Connie Phair, Mayor Dave's executive assistant. Phair, prodded by a certain local weekly newspaper columnist, has succeeded at long last in replacing the godawful hold music on the city's phone system with an array of delightful ditties by local musicians. >More
 How did this 'beautiful bird' get burned to death?

Elsa Banks was horrified. In January she was walking her dogs near her south-side Madison home when she spied something in a snow bank. She got closer and saw it was "a big, beautiful bird" -- dead, with both legs and part of its lower body burned off. >More
 The government giveth, taketh away, giveth back

Late last year, officials at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development conducted a review of Dane County programs. They found that two (of more than two dozen) HUD-funded county activities -- a neighborhood Joining Forces for Families team and an elderly home rehab program -- did not meet eligibility standards. In mid-December, the county paid back a total of $243,250. >More
 Dane County GOP head Mike Herl out of closet!

The chairman of the Dane County Republicans has apparently conquered his fear about being publicly identified as a member of the party of Lincoln. In the past, efforts were made to hide his identity, to avoid the persecution he believed would ensue, due to the sheer wickedness of local liberals. >More
 Media lies, damn lies and ad reps

When they give out awards for being stupid, as they really should, Michelle Matts deserves top honors. The account executive for Entercom Madison, which owns a trio of Madison radio stations (WOLX, CharlieFM and Triple M), recently sent a prospective client a note touting the advantages of radio advertising. >More
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