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Friday, September 19, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 68.0° F  Partly Cloudy

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Avoid the tattoo blues

Local artists and tattoo shop proprietors say the market has been flooded with new tattoo studios employing inexperienced artists like the one who botched the tattoo on my shoulders. This has affected the reputation of the industry as a whole and made it harder for the average consumer to find a competent tattoo artist. >More
 Downtown Madison plan seeks growth in tough times

Susan Schmitz thinks downtown Madison may end up paying a price for its many years of success. "We don't know what it's really like to have a downturn," says Schmitz, president of Downtown Madison Inc. "We've been a little bit complacent [because] we've been somewhat recession-proof. Maybe that time is over." >More
 Madison banks get in on the bailout

If you listen to Madison bank CEOs, their decision to accept federal bailout money is a sign of their financial health. "As opposed to a bailout, think of this as the government putting a stake in the ground," says Greg Smith, chief financial officer at Marshall & Ilsley Corp., which, while Milwaukee-based, leads the Madison area in deposits. >More
 High tech and in touch

Being with friends and family over the holidays is not usually considered a luxury. But what if your loved ones are far away (or what if you're the one who's far away)? Relatives who are abroad this year or even beyond driving distance in the States will be sorely missed if it's starting to look like airfare is out of the question. >More
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