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An achievement-gap solution: It's been there all along with Simpson Street Free Press

About a dozen children are spread out at tables in the Simpson Street Free Press newsroom. They chat while poring over reference books and old issues of National Geographic to research stories. They jot down notes on large yellow pads. >More
 Wollersheim Winery makes ice wine the traditional way

If you can believe it, a world exists where Wisconsin's snowy winters are actually conducive to a growing season. Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac capitalizes on our state's notoriously harsh season by producing ice wine " a sweet dessert companion made from frozen grapes harvested in early winter. >More
 Hilldale owners want to reconfigure mall as an outdoor plaza

Developers working on a plan to transform Hilldale Shopping Center on Madison's west side into an outdoor plaza presented their vision to the Urban Design Commission Wednesday evening. >More
 Urban Design Commission gives nod to "The Hub at Madison" development on State Street

The Urban Design Commission gave final approval with some conditions Wednesday for the "The Hub at Madison" -- a tall luxury housing and retail building proposed for the corner of State and Frances streets. It was the third time the commission heard the proposal, which some fear won't mesh well with surrounding structures along Madison's beloved State Street. >More
 Fans of The Onion sorry to see the end of the Madison print edition

After this week, The Onion will no longer be printed in Madison, where it was founded in 1988, and that's no joke. Capital Newspapers, which publishes the satirical newspaper locally, decided not to renew its contract with The Onion, so the July 25 issue will be the last. >More
 Costumed competitors canoe for fun at Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2013

Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too could be seen paddling on Madison's lakes and running across downtown with canoes over their heads on Saturday during the 34th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage canoe race. The feat is no easy task. >More
 Amid concerns, Madison's UDC holds off on final approval for massive Hub development on State Street

Madison's Urban Design Commission gave initial approval for a massive student housing and retail complex on State Street in a 4-2 vote Wednesday evening. The commission was expected to give its final approval on the project, but members were concerned about elements of the proposed building, such as a corner facade that some thought appeared "too industrial" in the plan. >More
 City seeks consultant to develop business plan for a Madison public market

The city is seeking a consulting team that would begin to make a Madison public market a reality. It's an idea that has been imagined, researched and talked about for almost a decade. Mayor Paul Soglin and the Madison Local Food Committee announced Tuesday that the city is requesting proposals from consultants to create a business plan for the public market. >More
 UW Lifesaving Station quietly rescues boaters and swimmers

Nestled on the southeast shores of Lake Mendota next to James Madison Park is the UW Lifesaving Station -- a concrete structure resembling a fortress. In many ways, the Lifesaving Station operates as a fire station does, except that its purpose is to provide lake rescue services. Four limited-term employees (LTEs) are on call 10 hours a day, seven days a week, April to October. >More
 Ordinance would allow taxis to 'cruise' State Street late at night

Hailing a taxi after bar time on State Street could get a whole lot easier if a new Madison ordinance amendment passes. The amendment would allow taxicabs to "cruise" the street looking for patrons between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Currently, no such cruising is allowed. >More
 Underdog Matt Silverman steals show at District 2 Dem candidate forum

Matt Silverman acknowledged the fact that he's not the top contender in this race. His opening statement began timidly but as the evening went on, he became more comfortable in front of the crowd, consistently cracking jokes about his rookie status -- "I see no one is wearing my stickers..." (he didn't print stickers) -- and the Republican Party. >More
 Food prices, and quality, hold steady so far in Wisconsin's summer 2012 drought

Despite the drought and extreme heat across southern Wisconsin this summer, food prices haven't gone up much. "We purchase local, seasonally available vegetables right now, and we're not seeing any increase in prices," says Andy Johnston, the produce manager at Willy Street Co-op East. >More
 Concerts on the Square: What's inside those picnic baskets? (video)

Concerts on the Square, a weekly Madison summer favorite, is a chance to break out a bottle of wine, indulge in various cheeses and desserts, and enjoy a warm, breezy evening, all to a live orchestral soundtrack. >More
 UFCW Local 1473 union files charge against Metcalfe's Market

Metcalfe's Market, the family-owned grocery chain known for its sustainability practices and local products, is in the midst of a union battle after it increased meat department workers' health insurance premiums. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1473, filed charges against Metcalfe Inc. with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board citing "unfair labor practices" on June 22. The charge is still pending. >More
 A homey Meriter Child Care Center is approved for Mills Street

Madison's Urban Design Commission unanimously approved plans for a new Meriter Child Care Center. The commission had already approved the project at an adjacent location in 2011, but Meriter Health Services determined the new location, on South Mills Street, would be a better use of space. >More
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