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Welcome to Madison's Park Street: Its checkered past gives way to a bright future

It's our southern gateway. And for decades, no single street in Madison has better represented our success and our missteps. It's our social, fiscal and racial barometer, and we've forgotten how it came to be -- how we forced it to be. It is Park Street. >More

NEWS

New Madison Public Library director Greg Mickells got his start converting card catalogs into a database

Greg Mickells will take the reins of the Madison Public Library at the beginning of September. Under the terms of his five-year contract, expected to be approved by the Common Council, the new director will make $115,000 a year. Isthmus called Mickells in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he currently works as the assistant library director for Lincoln City Libraries, to learn about what he likes to read and what he thinks is next for libraries. >More
 Wisconsin progressives take on election fraud, not to be confused with voter fraud

In a few weeks, a group of volunteers will don latex gloves, huddle around a table in downtown Madison under the watchful eyes of election clerks and start counting -- by hand -- a select group of ballots cast in the June 5 recall elections. >More
 Wisconsin gay rights law passed with GOP support. What?

Former state Rep. David Clarenbach was feted July 9 at a reception at Quivey's Grove hosted by OutReach. The occasion was the 30th anniversary of Wisconsin's gay rights law, which Clarenbach sponsored. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Senate candidate Eric Hovde: Elect me because I'm wealthy

Back in the 1960s, the rich were different. Top CEOs then earned about 30 times more than the average worker. Today they earn about 300 times more, and the wealth gap between the rich and the rest of us is the biggest in history, comparable only to that of the Roaring Twenties. >More
 Tell All: Women can have it all

Dear Tell All: I was upset by Anne-Marie Slaughter's recent article in The Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have It All." It argued that the feminist ideal of a woman who achieves success in her career while enjoying a happy life with children is a pipe dream. >More

MUSIC

Charlie Brooks finds life after Funky Mondays

Charlie Brooks says his Fourth of July nearly ended in a coma after he passed out following an outdoor performance in Mount Horeb. Doctors who know Brooks, 62, is fighting liver cancer helped him pull through and released him the next morning. "Got home, took a nap," Brooks says, almost flippantly. >More
 At parks and clubs, the Baseball Project scores

The popular-music canon contains so many love songs that a ditty about baseball can sound downright shocking. Considering how many Americans are head-over-heels for the sport, these tunes shouldn't seem like curveballs. The Baseball Project, a supergroup featuring musicians from R.E.M., the Dream Syndicate and the Young Fresh Fellows, sees baseball as a source of hard-hitting stories and intense emotions, two ingredients that can turn a rock song into a legend. >More
 Cloud Cult kicks off Live on King Street concert series

During Cloud Cult's sound check and DJ Nick Nice's initial spinning early Friday evening, the first block of King Street became something of a bass canyon. The band's drums and some of Nice's selections established a wubba-wubba zone that stretched at least from the Tipsy Cow to GEF 3. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

The shaping of a president: David Maraniss chronicles Obama's early years

This is a story about a girl named Stan. David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story might have been better titled Stanley Ann Dunham: Her Story. Stanley Ann Dunham was the president's mother, and she is the central character in Madison native Maraniss' 600-page epic, which ends long before her son enters politics, much less the Oval Office. If you're disappointed by this, don't be. >More
 A documentary pays tribute to gay-rights pioneer Vito Russo

Vito Russo isn't a household name, but he still deserves a spot on the Mount Rushmore of pioneering gay heroes. The documentary Vito tells the story of a boy who grew up with outrageous prejudice in the 1950s and '60s, then became an indomitable activist in the 1970s and '80s. Russo was a key figure in organizing a gay rights movement following the 1969 Stonewall Riots, aided by tremendous charisma and eloquence. >More

MOVIES

The Dark Knight Rises is more than mere entertainment

The Dark Knight Rises may be the darkest, the grimmest, the most depressing summer popcorn movie ever. It is not summery. It is not popcorny. There is no adventure. There is no escapism. There is only grinding reality. There can be no mistake that the people of Gotham are us, we 99% huddled in the dark and frantic for a hero we will not find. >More
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EATS

A Pig in a Fur Coat raises the bar on Willy Street dining

The story goes that Bonnie Arent, who managed at the Brass Ring, and Dan Bonanno, who worked at Spiaggia in Chicago, became friends in Florence, Italy, at the Apicius International School of Hospitality. Together with Jonathan Huttsell, another Spiaggia alum, they've opened A Pig in a Fur Coat on Williamson Street in the old La Rocca's space. >More
 A basket, an ice bucket, a trip to the Alps

There are only two more Concerts on the Square left this season. But that means there are still two chances to sample the picnic baskets Jordandal Farms is bringing in Wednesdays for pickup at the newly opened Square Wine Company, 5 N. Pinckney St. Thirty dollars for a two-person picnic gets you a pretty assortment of "as local as possible" goodies: items like raw milk cheeses, braised pork salads, roasted veggies, and berries with balsamic and mint. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Professional Ultimate frisbee comes to Madison

Professional Ultimate Frisbee is coming to Madison. Starting in the spring of 2013, the Madison Radicals will compete in the American Ultimate Disc League, which is in the final weeks of its inaugural season. The Radicals will be part of an eight-team expansion that will double the size of the league and allow for a conference that will also include teams in Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis. >More
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