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Death on tap?

The video maker known as madtimeinmadison admits via email that his latest offering is "kind of over the top and dramatic but my idea was to scare people...." It might just do that. >More
 La Follette High School to open credit union

Paul Simon famously mused, "When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all." Point taken. But schools do occasionally try to prepare students for life. >More
 Soglin's online barbs presage mayoral match-up with Cieslewicz

Paul Soglin's entry into Madison's mayoral race presents fresh avenues of analysis, given that both he and incumbent Dave Cieslewicz are prominent local bloggers. Soglin, who was Madison's mayor for a total of 14 years, has been writing Waxing America since 2005; Cieslewicz, who beat Soglin in 2003, has written Mayor Dave's Blog since January 2009. Both have used these forums to sound off on what will surely be a major theme of their campaigns: each other. >More
 UW-Madison's most used research animal is fish

Speaking of UW research, Isthmus made an interesting discovery when, in reporting on the resignation of a UW veterinarian ("Campus Vet Quits, Faulting Animal Care," 12/17/10), it obtained the university's 2010 census of animals used or kept by the UW-Madison. >More
 UW sociology student explores the power of prayer

A UW-Madison grad student is getting national attention for a paper suggesting that prayer, of all things, can help people get through tough times, like being abused by loved ones. >More
 Scott Walker's new, (much) bigger ride

In campaigning to become Wisconsin's next governor, Scott Walker promised to usher in a new era of austerity in state government. But one of his first decisions suggests his determination to make the "haves" in state government more like the "have-nots" elsewhere stops at his own door - his own car door, to be precise. >More
 The sacking of Arthur Ross

In his 23 years as Madison's bicycle-pedestrian safety coordinator, Arthur Ross has impressed a lot of people and made a lot of friends. So it's not surprising that Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's move to dump him via city budgeting is prompting an angry reaction. >More
 Glenn Grothman on Madison snow job: 'Mission accomplished'

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) raised a fuss last December when, displeased with the difficulty of his post-blizzard commute, he announced plans to have the state set policy for plowing and salting Madison streets. His proposed legislation was never actually introduced, and of course had no chance of passing -- not just because it was insane, but also because Democrats were in charge. >More
 A learning opportunity at McFarland High School

Thoreau argued that he learned more from the young than from his elders, since "age...has not profited so much as it has lost." Jim Hickey, the principal of McFarland High School, has been sounding a similar theme for years. >More
 History revisited

The Wisconsin State Journal last week ran an interesting "Know Your Madisonian" profile on local historian Erika Janik. It concerned her book A Short History of Wisconsin, published in July by the History Press (Wisconsin Historical Society). >More
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