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Homer V. Simpson gets honorary street sign in Madison

Homer Simpson made his mark in Madison long before a character of the same name became a cultural icon on the small screen. Legend has it that Homer V. Simpson, a prolific gambler, won half of Antler's Tavern in a poker game and bought the owner out of the second half in 1943. He also bought land around the West Broadway bar, eventually donating some to the city. Simpson Street -- which runs parallel to Broadway -- was named in his honor. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Tory Miller of Sujeo, L'Etoile and Graze

Liver: reviled by some and cherished by others. But even the haters might have a hard time turning down General Tso Chicken Livers, chef Tory Miller's creative take on a Chinese classic. >More
 Wisconsin Democrats lick their wounds after Gov. Scott Walker wins again

Mary Burke had not yet conceded but defeat was in the air when U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin took the stage at the Overture Center Tuesday night. >More
 Residents of senior communities lose absentee voting option under new Wisconsin law

Let's say you live independently in an apartment that happens to be within a senior residential community. You make your own meals and come and go as you wish. You also faithfully vote in each election and, for the sake of convenience, always have an absentee ballot mailed to your residence. But in what has come as a surprise to many, that option is no longer available to residents of retirement homes and care facilities. >More
 Evangelical pastor requests June marriage license records for Wisconsin same-sex couples

A controversial anti-abortion activist has asked county clerks around the state for copies of marriage license applications processed from June 5 to June 16. Roughly 550 same-sex couples rushed to marry in the week after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the state's marriage ban unconstitutional on June 6. >More
 What's next after same-sex marriage for Wisconsin LGBT activists?

Standing among the celebrants at the Shamrock Bar Monday night, Katie Belanger had a sobering thought. "My fear is that people will think the work is done, and it's never done," said Belanger, the president of Fair Wisconsin. >More
 Gebhardt Development proposes East Washington home for new performance venue and StartingBlock Madison

A second proposal is in the works to build a large performance venue on East Washington Avenue. Gebhardt Development submitted plans to the city of Madison Monday for a 140,000-square-foot mixed use project that would include the 1,500-seat performance space. >More
 Amazon forces Madison shop owners to shift gears

Happy Bambino used to specialize in baby carriers. All kinds. Slings, wraps, backpacks. Now they don't carry them at all. Co-owner Alison Dodge says they simply couldn't compete with Amazon. >More
 A formidable argument for same-sex marriage from Richard Posner

In seeking to discredit the unanimous 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, Julaine Appling took a swing at the "liberal panel of judges" that heard the cases. >More
 Appeals court strikes down Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage, but marriages still on hold

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans Thursday on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana, but marriages are still on hold at the Dane County courthouse. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says he has been advised by his corporation counsel that he must wait until the law officially goes into effect in 21 days. >More
 Painful budget reductions on the horizon for Wisconsin?

If he were that kind of guy, Jon Peacock would have every right to say "I told you so." But the director of the Wisconsin Budget Project is typically restrained when making note of the recent news that state revenue collections have fallen hundreds of millions of dollars short of predictions. >More
 Wisconsin couples watch as judges take aim at state's same-sex marriage ban

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago sure knows how to milk courtroom drama. The makeup of the judicial panels assigned to hear oral arguments is kept under wraps until 30 minutes before court is called to order. No photos or recording devices are allowed, and seating is first come, first served -- not even those who are parties to a lawsuit are guaranteed a space in the courtroom. >More
 Soglin offers proposal to regulate Lyft and Uber as taxicab companies

Mayor Paul Soglin has drafted a proposal that would regulate Lyft and Uber as taxicab companies under city ordinance. He says his aim is to protect the public and full-time taxicab jobs but anticipates opposition from the two app-based ride companies, which have entered the Madison market this year. >More
 Ludell Swenson struggles after apartment move

Ludell Swenson and his live-in caretaker have moved to North Sherman Avenue. Isthmus reported in late July that Swenson, who has cerebral palsy, was being forced out of the downtown apartment he loves because the building is undergoing a $1 million renovation and rents will be going up. >More
 Outfitting Madison police with body cameras is coming, say public officials

When police are accused of using excessive force in the line of duty, the attempt to ferret out the truth often comes down to the word of officers against eyewitnesses. That was true in the case of the musician shot by a Madison police officer in November 2012, and it will likely be the scenario in Ferguson, Mo., where the police shooting of an unarmed African American teenager has sparked protests and rioting. >More
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