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'A real infringement on democracy'

Paul B. Dombrowski got a yard sign from one neighbor and, he says, chewed out by another. The Monona neighbor who gave him the Obama sign he recently put in his front yard is state Sen. Mark Miller, who also had one on his lawn. Soon thereafter, another neighbor angrily confronted Dombrowski. >More
 Report: Downtown Madison needs a better nighttime economy

Downtown Madison needs to invigorate and diversify its nighttime economy, according to a draft report prepared by an outside consultant. This includes creating a new management team, improving transit options (did somebody say trolley?), enhancing public safety, doing a better job of integrating retail and entertainment, and shifting from a drinking culture to a socializing one (we'll drink to that!). >More
 Snakes! On Madison's northeast side!

Last fall, the city acquired some parkland on Madison's northeast side, along with a house. Its cement block foundation, the owner revealed, was a haven for hibernating snakes. Russ Hefty, the city's conservation resource supervisor, contacted Bob Hay of the state Department of Natural Resources. >More
 Madison rapped for preschool gap

Jeff Spitzer-Resnick says the case could spur the Madison school district to offer 4-year-old kindergarten and amp up its assistance to dozens of families. >More
 The boat to Vietnam

Dennis McQuade remembers seeing the graffiti scrawled on the canvas bunkbeds throughout the ship. He doesn't remember producing any, but who can say for sure? It was 42 years ago, and things like that are easy to forget. >More
 City Dictionary collects local language

Wanna take the Beltline out to the Circle of Death? Maybe go hang at the Terrace and later hit the Rat, the Nat or the Dise? >More
 Madison cop got special treatment

Did Madison Police Det. Jeff McPike, now serving a 60-day unpaid suspension for twice driving to work "above the legal limit" for alcohol, get treated differently from other offenders? The short answer is yes. >More
 Truth or D.A.R.E.

It sounded like a good opportunity. The classified ad on HotJobs, through Madison.com, offered full-time employment running "high-end marketing promotions." The company, Mad Town Events, promised "a once-in-a-lifetime chance to break into the hottest area of marketing," working for such national clients as D.A.R.E. America and Toys for Tots. So Rebecca Altman, 27, an Edgewood College grad who in recent years has run her own Internet business, decided to check it out. She soon found that "a whole lot of things didn't add up." >More
 Madison flooding 'catastrophe' feared

Bill Barker calls what happened this week to Lake Delton -- where overflowing water violently carved a new path and drained the lake -- "a pretty good example of what could happen to Tenney Park." The Madison Park Commission president is sounding an alarm about the dangerously high levels of the Madison lakes, especially Lake Mendota >More
 Sticking it to the neighbors

In the 30 years that Bill Whisenant has done business in the same location, he's always had "excellent" relations with his neighbors. "I've built my life around this enterprise," he says proudly. Now he feels his livelihood is threatened by a neighbor - Thomas Degen - who wants to gain control of his land. That strikes him as unfair. >More
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