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Bat sanctuary?

Bunkers erected for war may soon offer sanctuary to Wisconsin's bats, threatened by deadly white-nose syndrome. It's an experiment proposed by the Department of Natural Resources for the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant in southeastern Sauk County, near Devil's Lake State Park. >More
 Fast forward: Movie theaters adapt to digital technology

Like so much of the rest of our lives, movies have been digitized. In most instances, going to see a "film" now means going to see a collection of ones and zeroes projected from a server, rather than a 35mm film print. >More
 Laud the latke! Hurrah for the hamantasch!

As our families have done since time immemorial, this holiday season we'll revive an ancient tradition. We'll gather the people we love around the dining table, break bread and... argue. Perhaps yell. Maybe even stomp out of the room. >More
 New Madison Science Museum in works for downtown

"Madison has a tremendous venue for athletics, tremendous venues for the arts," says David Nelson, a UW professor emeritus of biology. But aside from a few small UW departmental museums, "There really isn't a place to go and hear and see about the history of science in Wisconsin." >More
 Campus Kitchens chapter forms at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has to feed lots of people. On average, some 14,500 meals are served in the dormitory dining halls alone, every day. Despite best efforts, some food necessarily goes to waste. >More
 What will happen to the original Wisconsin governor's mansion?

The future of the Wisconsin governor's mansion is in doubt. Not the current one, where 14 governors have lived. It's the earlier one, home to 18 governors from 1883 to 1950, that is a few blocks from the Capitol. >More
 Madison monsters: Meet our ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves

Madison knows how to enjoy Halloween. All you have to do is go down to State Street during Freakfest, our annual costumed blow-out coming up this weekend, to see for yourself. But we have ghosts and ghouls that turn out at other times of the year, even over decades. >More
 Process to 'fix' Madison's landmarks ordinance limps along

Historic districts account for less than 1% of Madison's landmass, according to city staff. But boy, can they make a lot of trouble. >More
 How-to strategies for African American genealogy

Documenting your family can be a lot of fun and, thanks to the Internet, easier than ever. But it remains a challenge to many. "Because of the disrespect that record keepers had at different periods toward African Americans, they weren't fully documented," says Lori Bessler, reference librarian and outreach coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Society. >More
 Destination: Atwood Avenue

American TV, A to Z Rental and Klinke Cleaners got their start there. Most of its businesses are not only locally owned; the owners live nearby. Residents seek out local and buy local, leading to a stunning revitalization. And in this anonymous Internet age, they all know each other. In almost every way, it is Madison's Mayberry -- if Mayberry boasted revitalized shopping and dining districts. It is Atwood Avenue. >More
 Saying goodbye to furry friends with Journeys Home Pet Euthanasia

Does your pet have a living will? Don't laugh. If you're a pet owner, some day you may wish it did. >More
 Steve Brown Apartments still planning Mansion Hill project

Steve Brown Apartments has not given up on development on the 100 block of West Gilman Street. The company is merely biding its time, hoping that a revised landmarks ordinance will allow it to move forward. Meanwhile, it's been quietly pursuing a less glamorous project in the same area: repairs to a property that was to be demolished to make room for the new development. >More
 Saving 'The Spirit of Greenbush' statue

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. >More
 The greening of Madison: Celebrating 120 years of the city's parks

The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association was founded 120 years ago July 10. The group's successor, today's Madison Parks Foundation, will mark the anniversary with a variety of special events. "The foresight of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association is the most amazing gift, and truly without precedent anywhere else in the country," says Grant Frautschi, president of the Madison Parks Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2003. >More
 UW-Madison students seek control over how their fees are spent

Everyone knows about the problem of rising tuition. Now, a new battle is shaping up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison over associated fees. The conflict is being waged on two fronts. Associated Students of Madison, the student government, is concerned about how dollars generated by fees are distributed and by whom. Is it ultimately their job or the chancellor's? >More
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