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Ho-Chunk Nation will shutter its Madison casino's poker room in November

Local poker players will have one less place to play next month, as Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has signaled it will close its electronic poker room. Posters seen Thursday night at the far east side casino, formerly known as the Dejope Bingo Hall, say the eight-table poker room will shut down Nov. 15. >More
 The poker underground: Players see an opening to legalize the game in Wisconsin

Bellied up to a table in Players Sports Bar, the east-side tavern he's owned for a quarter-century, Mark Kroon adjusts his cap and points a thumb over his shoulder to a corner of the room. "We used to play right back here," he says. "This was about the mid-'80s. Phil probably wasn't even old enough to be in the bar at the time." >More
 Madison Community Cooperative membership vote staves off potential sale of Lothlorien

Lothlorien will live to fight another day. The fire-damaged, four-story cooperative house on Lake Mendota has been spared -- for now -- after members from 11 sister cooperatives voted over the past week not to sell it. >More
 Isthmus Montessori Academy proposes Madison charter school to focus on achievement gap

Melissa Droessler tries not to flinch when she tells people her dream of opening a charter school in Madison. "Even the word 'charter' in Madison can be emotionally charged," she says. But Droessler, director of Isthmus Montessori Academy, is steadfast in her belief that a century-old pedagogy created in the slums of Rome could help tackle Madison schools' thorniest problems. >More
 Cost estimates to rebuild Lothlorien co-op has board seriously considering sale of lakefront property

Members of the Madison Community Cooperative recently received estimates of what it would cost to renovate the legendary Lothlorien Housing Collective building, and it's not pretty. >More
 After fire, Lothlorien co-op's future uncertain

In the Middle-earth of Tolkien lore, Lothlorien was a "Golden Wood" populated by reclusive elves. In Madison, Lothlorien was, until September, home to elves of a different sort. The four-story, century-old mansion at 244 W. Lakelawn Place, with its crenellated tower overlooking Lake Mendota, is perhaps the most legendary of Madison's roughly two dozen housing cooperatives. >More
 When disaster strikes, Madison Preppers will be ready

At his Town of Bristol home, Curt LaHaise has a T-shirt that says it all: "WTSHTF, ITEOTWAWKI." "When I wear it sometimes, people are like, 'What the hell?" LaHaise is a "prepper," and his shirt's cryptic message is an acronym familiar to people like him preparing for major catastrophes of any kind. It means "When The Shit Hits The Fan, It's The End Of The World As We Know It." >More
 Mormon Road Trip! My weekend with a group of Madison believers

It's 7 a.m. on a sunny Friday in late July when a trim 28-year-old named Dan Hinckley greets me, a green smoothie gripped in one hand. We're standing in the parking lot of Madison's "university ward" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nearby, two passenger vans are gased up and ready to take two-dozen young area Mormons five hours south to Nauvoo, Ill., a small town on the Mississippi River that is something of a mecca for Mormons. >More
 Critics question safety of wireless water meters

Over the next year, workers from a company called Corix will fan out across Madison, gradually making their way into most of Madison's 67,000 properties -- every home, business and apartment in the city -- to install new wireless water meter systems. To some, that's great news. >More
 Madison residents petition state regulators to halt city's implementation of water 'smart meters'

Thirty-three Madison residents filed a petition Friday with state regulators calling for an investigation of Madison's plans to install wireless water meter systems in city properties over the next two years. Next week, the Madison Water Utility is set to begin installing the first of 67,000 new "smart meters" in every home and business, part of the $13 million Project H2Othat will span two years. >More
 If elected in recall, Tom Barrett would take office by late June

Let's play a game of hypothetical recall. If Tom Barrett beats Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 election, then what? Under "normal" circumstances, a governor-elect has two months between the November election and inauguration day to take office. If Barrett wins June 5, he'll move in after a maximum of 18 days, the time allotted for the state Government Accountability Board to certify results from special elections, says GAB spokesman Reid Magney. >More
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