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Madison Worker's Rights Center looks to boycott La Hacienda
Alleging that restaurant workers have been shorted on pay at La Hacienda, 515 S. Park St., the Madison Worker's Rights Center will hold a rally there Saturday around noon in hopes of starting a boycott of the restaurant. >MoreGuardian Angel weighs in on State Street shooting
As the sun sets Wednesday evening in downtown Madison, passersby casually stroll in between the City Bar and State Street Brats, seemingly unfazed by the shooting that took place there the night before. But Jeff Callen, Madison coordinator for the Guardian Angels, has been sifting for answers. >MoreMuÃoz: 'I'll have a full plate of work to do'
The morning after the conceding in the primary, Peter MuÃoz seems relatively upbeat about the direction of the mayoral race. His support is unwavering for fellow challenger Ray Allen, whom he endorsed within a half hour of withdrawal from the race. >MoreChris Schmidt on his run for District 11 of the Madison Common Council
An executive committee member of the Dane County Democratic Party, Chris Schmidt hopes to unseat one-term incumbent Tim Gruber in the westside Dist. 11 aldermanic race. Schmidt, 31, works as a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, having received his Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from UW-Madison. >MoreTim Gruber wants to do it again in District 11
A lifelong resident of Madison, Tim Gruber, 41, is finishing his first term as Dist. 11 alderperson. During his tenure he has been a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Madison Arts Commission, UW Joint West Campus Committee and the ADA Transit Subcommittee. >MoreMadison Common Council candidate Vicky Selkowe discusses run for Dist. 15
Vicky Selkowe, 33, serves as vice chair of the city's Affirmative Action Commission and also serves on its Equal Opportunities Commission. She was a lead advocate for raising Madison's minimum wage and has fought to pass a mandatory sick-leave ordinance. >MoreMadison Common Council candidate Larry Palm discusses run for District 15
Larry Palm is finishing up his first term as the alderperson for Dist. 15 on Madison's east side and looking forward to another. Palm, 33, has been a secretary with the Madison Metropolitan School District since 1994, and lists education among his main issues. >MoreIn search of secret services
When people complain of government overspending and stifling
bureaucracy, they often overlook programs that actually help. Some of these programs, hampered by restricted budgets and other constraints, are virtually unknown. >MoreSpending New Year's Eve 2006 in Madison?
Whether you prefer imbibing spirits with friends or hanging with the fam, the Madison area provides a medley of New Year options, from heavy metal to magic shows. >MoreCouncil coattails
The Palace Latin Club is buzzing as Madison's candidates for city council chat about the upcoming April election and listen to the alt-rock harmonies of Blueheels. Former Ald. Gary Poulson says he's running again for the District 20 seat after his unsuccessful 2005 campaign to retake the seat he stepped down from in 2003. Of course, Poulson is at the club to support Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who also happens to be running. >MoreThanksgiving programs seek volunteers for 2006 holiday season
Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and turkey for Thanksgiving dinner are available to the less fortunate, thanks to the many volunteers in Madison. "Everyone can relate to Thanksgiving and being able to eat with their families," says Lisa Jacob, assistant director at the Atwood Community Center. "Volunteers want to make that happen for others." >MoreGuardians without a cause?
Despite setbacks, he remains optimistic that the all-volunteer crime-fighting group will take off. He thinks
the police are stretched thin and could benefit from local Guardian Angels monitoring criminal opportunities in dark stairwells and parking lots. >MoreMadison Halloween 2006: Horses yes, pepper spray no
Teams play dodgeball in front of the Yellow Jersey as a pirate and a fairy toss "pixie dust" at one another. One of the ubiquitous naughty female cops is taking pictures with a real officer, who's grinning ear to ear. But when police ask people to leave at 1:30 a.m. -- as the time is set to fall back a half hour later -- many don't want to comply. >MoreCapitol Neighborhoods wary of a scary Halloween in Madison
Smashed windows, drunkards sent to detox and cops resorting to pepper spray to break up boisterous crowds have marred past State Street Halloweens. Neighborhood leaders are spooked that conflict could spill over into nearby streets this year, despite efforts to more tightly regulate the celebration. "It'll be a good test," Eugene Devitt, chair of the Mansion Hill district of Capitol Neighborhoods Inc., says of plans to fence off State Street. "But if people can't get in, other parties will spring up."
>MoreMadison police captain discusses approach to State Street Halloween party
"Halloween this year is an experiment," says George Twigg, spokesperson for Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "The mayor wants to get away from past years and look at a new way of doing things." >More