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This boy's life

"What the hell are you doing with a little boy!?" A friend asked me that a couple months ago, when I mentioned I'd spent the day with a child. She was joking, at least insofar as her horrified tone was concerned -- but she was genuinely curious, too. After all, I'm 33 and don't work with kids, and she knew my wife hadn't been pregnant. >More


Potential temporary library site in downtown Madison has asbestos problem

The city of Madison is eying a long-vacant office building as a temporary home for its Central Library, perhaps without a full understanding of why it has been long vacant. >More
 Brett Hulsey's green sheen questioned

As the owner of a consulting group called Better Environmental Solutions, county Supv. Brett Husley would seem to have a great résumé. But Hulsey, one of several candidates who have declared interest in Black's 77th district seat, is getting blowback from some prominent environmentalists over his consulting work. >More
 Another Edgewater vote in the offing

Both fans and opponents of Edgewater redevelopment project are probably happy just to have the dang debate over. And though the Common Council's May 18 approval of various project elements may have been the most important, more bodies must give approvals. >More
 Bicycle Benefits lets business reward two-wheeled customers

Ian Klepetar leads a life much like Johnny Appleseed. He bikes from city to city, starting up programs that encourage people to ride their bicycles. He has no permanent address, no profit motive, and he rarely checks in on what he starts. His main goal: To make bicycle riding more respectable. >More


The last day of school

Twenty minutes for lunch is a joke in any setting but a teacher's lounge. In this case, on this day, it's actually five minutes more than usual. Five extra minutes for a small group of teachers to celebrate my sister Molly's last day of teaching after 33 years at Coleridge Taylor Elementary in Louisville. >More
 Madison's ethical lapses

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the city of Madison's Ethics Board raising concerns about ethics violations in city hall. These include Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's special-interest junket to Europe; alders serving on boards of nonprofits that are funded by the city; and lobbyists buying drinks for alders. >More
 Tell All: 'We're all going to die'

Most readers were horrified by Supergrrrl, who wrote in to defend her right to text behind the wheel ("I Like Texting While Driving," 5/21/10). She deplored the new state law that bans this pastime, arguing that young people are used to multitasking so, like, what's the big deal? Her ultimate argument: "I've never had a problem." >More


Clyde Stubblefield gave DJ Kool Herc a break

You might know that Madison's own Clyde Stubblefield was James Brown's Funky Drummer. But here's something you might not know: The drum solos Stubblefield performed on Brown's records were turned into extended DJ breakbeats by Bronx hip-hop pioneer Clive Campbell, a.k.a. Kool Herc, in the early 1970s. >More




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Something to quack about

At the Madison Mallards' "First Pitch" event in April, team president Vern Stenman, general manager Conor Caloia and manager C.J. Thieleke all gave the same answer when asked to name the guy they couldn't wait to see on the field at the Warner Park Duck Pond this summer: Virginia shortstop Stephen Bruno. >More
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