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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 67.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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'Job ready' but out of work

Susan Hamm has been looking for a job -- any kind of office job -- for more than four months. The Madison woman, who has three children and suffers health problems from a car accident, was classified as "job ready" by W-2, Wisconsin's welfare program. As a result, she was denied $673 in monthly benefits. >More


Pulling the plug

David Giroux calls it "indicative of the animosity" some members of the Legislature have toward the university and its institutions. The Assembly version of the state budget, besides leaving the UW System about $120 million short of what it needs to maintain the status quo, would end state support for a half-dozen UW-affiliated programs, including Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. >More


Another tragic police shooting

Kate Brandon would like people to know something about her "baby" brother: "He was a good soul. He never lost his temper. He never raised his voice. He was the kindest, gentlest guy you'd ever want to meet." On Sunday, July 15, Madison police killed Ronald Brandon with a bullet to the head. >More
 On the fly

When I looked down from what I was doing, I happened to notice that his pants were unzipped. He doesn't seem like the type to have left them unzipped on purpose, so I'm assuming it was an accident. And my initial urge was to let him know that his barn door was wide open. Then I caught myself. What if it was on purpose after all? Besides, how do you say something like that to someone you don't really know? >More




A cup of art

Back in 2004, Hue Art Gallery was a welcome addition to Monroe Street's eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. But when some of the artists who formed the co-op gallery's core membership began drifting away, the business either had to change or close its doors. >More


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Lowdown on the Throwdown

Tattoos poke out from the collar and sleeves of Pat O'Malley's T-shirt. His face features a collection of nicks and scars. A small cross is inked where a widow's peak would be, if his head wasn't shaved to stubble. His voice sounds like he ate the bottle his last beer came in. But he seems almost gleeful about the contradictions he represents. >More
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