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Great stakes for Great Lakes
Last summer, frustrated by unending debate over the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact, freshman state Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) did what any citizen who wanted to educate lawmakers and citizens on the issue might do: make a documentary. >MoreArmed and alarmed
But for Maund, more and more, guns hold weightier significance. He has noticed insidious changes in his neighborhood. Threats marching inexorably toward his house. He has been taking stock of what he has, and what it would mean to lose it. Despite his apparent idyllic domestication,
Maund does not sleep in comfort when he locks his door at night. >MoreThe future of Halloween in Madison?
State Street's annual Halloween party is only a couple days away, and, while the changes proposed for this year's event are mostly clear, the future remains murky. If the temporary barriers, food vendors and entrance fees are a success, will the city do things the same way again? And what if, despite everything, teargas makes yet another late entrance? What will happen then? >MoreLiability for the Madison Halloween party on State Street: Trick? Or Treat?
As All Hallows Eve creeps near, local taverns nail down the valuables and prime the taps. Soon-to-be drunken revelers brainstorm for inspired costumes. And the elected officials of our fair city scramble to cover their bases and leave no safety measure undone. While much has been made of the city's first-ever attempt to rein in and even organize the madness, one aspect of the new face of Halloween in Madison needs attention: Who, exactly, is responsible if things go wrong? >MoreFalk and the gang issue: Is enough being done?
Not long ago, "Sarah" was involved in gang activity. 'We did a lot of thefts and stole from stores,' says Sarah, a pseudonym. 'We did a couple robberies, just waiting for people at ATMs. But that was more when I was living on the streets and didn't have anywhere to go.' >MoreLunchtime at Madison Food Carts: Taste of Mexico
While most food cart owners in Madison say they love their customers, perhaps no one embodies this claim more than Liliana Fabela. Fabela and her husband, Felipe Ruiz, operate the Taste of Mexico food cart out in front of the big glass U.S. Bank Plaza on the Capitol Square. >MoreFood carts abound in Madison
Though the warm half of 2006 is gradually drawing to a close, there are still plenty of weeks to grab a quick lunch at one of the many food carts scattered about downtown Madison. Concentrated primarily along the UW Library Mall and around Capitol Square, these carts have been profiled by The Daily Page all summer long. More about Madison's food-on-the-go follows below. >MoreBest. Professor. Ever. (And some of the worst)
RateMyProfessors.com boasts 5.75 million reviews of
more than 770,000 professors. While Wilson concedes that the sheer number of reviews "indicates the need for something like this," he "would hesitate to put a lot of weight on what I read there." But thousands of students do trust the site. Through her role as an undergraduate adviser, Katele has spoken with several advisees who told her they often use the site to research professors. As she sees it, RateMyProfessors.com is akin to the word-of-mouth networking from her college days 30 years ago.
>MoreTransportation for, and by, the people
Eileen Bruskewitz leans across the table and utters one word
regarding Madison's mass transportation future, and that word isn't "streetcar." Her bright eyes gleam behind black-rimmed glasses as she smiles and says, "Jitneys," then leans back in her chair.
Bruskewitz, a county supervisor and member of the Madison
Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, is not advocating some futuristic vision of flying cars. What she proposes is, actually, old news. She wants to reinstate a bygone way of moving people around. >More