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Helmet? Hell no! More bicylists opt for risky riding

Nobody knows what Sigrid Leirmo was thinking. A little after 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23, 1990, Leirmo settled her car into Lot 60 on the UW campus and released her bike from its rack. Sigrid hadn't cycled much as a child and was not a hard-core biker. When she bought her first mountain bike as an adult, she'd even practiced in quiet areas before venturing into traffic. Her bike was mostly a practical way to get from her car to her bacteriology lab. >More
 Will Madison run dry? We can't take our water supply for granted

The operations center for the Madison Water Utility doesn't exactly have a panic-room vibe. Large windows overlook the lawn and trees of the Alliant Energy Center. There are more than a dozen monitors showing security feeds, chemical levels, truck locations and key-card swipes. Two idle screens feature -- really -- cat pictures. But the four monitors that track the heart of the operation were blinking an urgent green last summer as the hot drought of 2012 stretched on. >More
 Dave Cieslewicz: Dave who?

This article originally appeared in Isthmus on Aug. 16, 1991. >More
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