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Stephin Merritt is a singer, a songwriter and a Scrabble nut

Stephin Merritt might be a master of song and verse, but the rules governing the word games Scrabble and Words with Friends bewilder him. Especially the 101 two-letter words officially recognized by Scrabble. >More
 Madison officials urge developers to 'up their game' after hotel project stalls at Pahl Tire site

Although a second developer has been unable to satisfy city officials with plans for a downtown hotel at the old Pahl Tire site, Madison officials insist the city is not hostile to development. >More
 Should Olbrich Botanical Gardens charge out-of-towners admission?

As Madison officials struggle to draft another tight budget, they're faced with a familiar quandary: not enough money to do everything they want. "Everybody wants more money and there ain't no money," explains Ald. David Ahrens. >More
 Soglin defends Madison's debt strategy in 2015 capital budget

When Paul Soglin ran for mayor in 2011, he harshly criticized the amount of debt the city was incurring under his opponent, two-term incumbent Dave Cieslewicz. It was a major theme of the campaign. Soglin called Cieslewicz's budgeting practices unsound, with a ratio of debt service to general fund expenditures creeping toward 13%. >More
 Madison Common Council quietly keeps Judge Doyle Square hotel alive

The Madison Common Council quietly kept negotiations alive on the controversial Monona Terrace hotel project Tuesday night, leading a prominent critic to accuse his council colleagues of circumventing the public process. >More
 Demand for student apartments waning in Madison

From Les Orosz's point of view, you'd be crazy to break ground on another student apartment project in Madison right now. "Quite frankly, the Hub is adding 1,000 bedrooms downtown," says Orosz, a developer who built one of Madison's first high-end student apartment buildings, the Embassy, at 505 University Ave. "It would be pretty reckless right now for someone else to build another 12-story student tower." >More
 What happened to Brad Clark's job?

Brad Clark did not want to quit his job as head of the City Channel, where he'd worked for some 25 years and helped the station win dozens of awards. "The circumstances were so bizarre," Clark says. "After 24 or 25 years of managing the place, seemingly to everybody's satisfaction, I feel like the rug was pulled out from under me." >More
 Judge Doyle Square moves forward without hotel

Plans for a new hotel for Monona Terrace seemed to suffer a major setback this week, when Mayor Paul Soglin -- who has long championed the idea -- announced that he would seek to move forward on other elements of the Judge Doyle Square project next year. >More
 Yahara House members fight to keep Madison Metro bus stop

The members of Yahara House, a clubhouse that helps adults cope with mental illness, have a saying: "Nothing about us, without us." So when they learned this week that the bus stop in front of their clubhouse, located at 802 E. Gorham St., is going to be removed Sunday, Aug. 24, many of them were upset. >More
 Urban Land Interests expected to relocate Civil War-era Lannon-Hill house, which faces demolition

Urban Land Interests hopes to move and renovate the historic Lannon-Hill house and store, one of Madison's few remaining Civil War-era buildings, which had been in danger of being razed. The building is currently located at 502 W. Main St. in the Bassett neighborhood. >More
 Urban Design Commission tours and evaluates recent projects it approved around Madison

Dick Wagner walks through the Bassett Neighborhood with his colleagues on the Urban Design Commission, when he spots something disappointing in front of a brand new apartment building at 636 W. Doty Street. >More
 Can Madison be a hotspot for bike tourism with Bikabout?

Megan Ramey loves to travel, but she prefers to explore on bicycle rather than with a big, clunky, gas-guzzling car. So whenever she takes trips, she researches a city's bicycle options, trails and bike-friendly businesses. >More
 Lisa Subeck's win means female domination of Madison's seats in the Assembly

Lisa Subeck said her grassroots campaign and experience helped her win the race. "People do want a fighter," she said at her victory party at Schwoegler's bowling alley. >More
 Edgewater Hotel races to finish for official September opening

Since construction began on the Edgewater Hotel in the fall of 2012, its owners have projected an opening date of August 2014. But anyone who has seen the hotel would likely be skeptical that goal will be realized. Insulation on sections of upper floors remain exposed, as workers have yet to cover them with brick. >More
 Madison official's claims for new Monona Terrace hotel questioned

As the Madison Common Council continues to wrestle with the question of whether it should subsidize a hotel to the tune of $44 million, the debate lingers over what benefits that hotel may or may not bring. >More
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