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Madland: Let's try allowing dogs in Central Park

Madison should take a tip from the original Central Park, in Manhattan, where dogs and humans have been coexisting for some time. As Judith Davidoff reports in Isthmus, the city of Madison does a good job of creating separate parks for dogs, but is not so good at creating shared space for our four-legged companions -- even when they're on leashes. >More
 Madison's high-poverty schools could be serving free meals to all their students by fall 2014

Sherman Middle School counselor Bert Zipperer spends most lunch periods eating with the kids in the school cafeteria. As such, the 27-year-veteran of the Madison Metropolitan School District is familiar with the struggles of Madison's low-income students. >More
 Madland: New mural at Mother Fool's is an inspiring tribute to missing Nigerian girls

It looks so awesome, I'd never guess it was painted by a group of sixth graders. A bright new mural gracing the graffiti wall at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse on Willy Street pays tribute to the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and the Bring Back Our Girls movement, and is part of a global awareness campaign in support of girls' right to education. >More
 Madland: Why does improvement require clearcutting the State Street-Library Mall?

Warning: Do not bring lovers of The Lorax to the State Street-Library Mall right now. I stopped by there last week and felt like I was being punched in the gut, watching construction workers slice away at stately maples and flowering crabs. In full bloom. Destroyed. >More
 Discovery Outreach wants to demystify research for kids and adults

Imagine posing a choice of activities to a class of seventh-graders as a reward for getting to class on time: Would you rather go bowling, watch a movie or do some science? Nineteen students from Cherokee Middle School voted overwhelmingly for a science field trip, says Travis Tangen, education and outreach manager at Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Discovery Outreach. >More
 Madland: Madison's east side bids farewell to Absolutely Art

Sometimes Madison is a small town. I first heard the news of the impending closing of Absolutely Art, one of my neighborhood's most fabulous stores, from the owner's mom. >More
 Madland: Yet another Pledge of Allegiance nontroversy

I love a good Pledge of Allegiance scandal (because I so miss the 1980s), but it looks like the conservative bloggers missed when they insinuated that those godless liberals at Madison East High School had altered the Pledge of Allegiance. >More
 Madland: New DAIS shelter in Madison brings domestic violence out of the shadows

It seems like just a few months ago when I pulled up to the Citgo on Fordem Avenue and saw cutout figures against a chain link fence, guarding a messy construction site. The tableaux depicted a family seeking shelter from domestic violence, in a solid purple that is the color Domestic Abuse Intervention Services uses to represent its organization. >More
 Madland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something

Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >More
 Madland: The life and art of David McLimans

Madison lost a great artist and illustrator recently. David McLimans, whose artistic talent and humor was nonpareil, will be sorely missed in Madison and around the world. >More
 Michael Flores wins big over Wayne Strong to take Madison school board seat

Michael Flores -- firefighter, paramedic, parent, and school volunteer -- scored a decisive victory over Wayne Strong in the race for Seat 6 on the Madison school board. With 100% of precincts reporting, county tallies showed Flores at 62.4% (16,016 votes) over Strong's 36.9% (9,472). The scene at Flores' victory party at the Harmony Bar was festive and family-oriented. >More
 Madland: Cherish Madison's lakes, with or without Rhythm & Booms

On a walk earlier this week in Yahara Place Park, I caught my first real glimpse of Lake Monona in a long time. Canada geese and coots were hanging out where the ice met the sparkling open water, and the gorgeousness reminded me how much we should cherish Madison's precious resource -- our lakes. >More
 Madland: Bucky Badger in Bangladesh

It's been almost a year since the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza, an eight-story factory tower near Dhaka, Bangladesh. The April 24, 2013 collapse left more than 1,100 garment workers dead, and many survivors are still struggling for compensation for ruined bodies and lives. Bangladesh doesn't seem so far from Madison when you consider that many of those workers toiled so Americans and other Westerners can have cheap clothing. >More
 Madland: Moral Monday leader Rev. Barber exhorts Wisconsin to keep its eyes on the prize

It was a great week for the Solidarity Sing Along and supporters of the labor solidarity movement in Wisconsin. After all, it's not every week that national civil rights leaders join the chorus and international punk dissidents say they've got your back. >More
 Madison school board candidates Wayne Strong and Michael Flores propose achievement gap solutions

Wayne Strong and Michael Flores, candidates vying for Seat 6 on the Madison Metropolitan School Board, are both men of color, drawing on life experiences to wage campaigns that highlight educational disparities between white students and students of color. >More
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