Alicia Yager

In barely more than a week, the bustling UW-Madison campus will be reduced to a ghost town as the first half of the school year ends and students head home for winter break. As usual, the university has seen its fair share of controversy and excitement, but there are some events that stand out from the rest. more

Dec 10, 2010 6:00 PM News

Madison is taking its first steps toward what some are calling the largest redevelopment project in recent city history: a commercial and residential revamp of the East Washington Avenue corridor. more

Dec 9, 2010 3:00 PM News


Alicia Yager

UW-Madison alumnus Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for "The New York Times", has experienced his fair share of danger reporting from the Middle East. A few years back, he was shot in the back while covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. more

Dec 3, 2010 11:52 PM News


City of Madison

Whether traveling on foot, bike or vehicle, maneuvering the many one-ways, odd intersections and often-congested streets of downtown Madison can be a pain. That's why the city has made transportation improvements a priority in the recommendations proposed in its draft Downtown Plan. more

Nov 24, 2010 4:26 PM News

November 2 was a bleak day for liberal voters like Jacque Pokorney, co-chair of the local political party Progressive Dane. "It was very depressing for someone that supports the progressive left to go through what we went through in the last election," Pokorney says of the recent Republican sweep at both the state and national level. more

Nov 18, 2010 3:58 PM News

Visitors entering the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the UW-Madison at its Dec. 2 grand opening will encounter a striking blend of the past and the future. The past is represented by the Mesozoic-themed garden, the fossils embedded in the floor tiles and the scientific trivia walls located in the Town Center on the first floor. As for the future, visitors simply need to look up at the top three floors through glass walls at researchers working on health care breakthroughs. more

Nov 11, 2010 3:00 PM News

Pressed on the point by one of the journalists in attendance, UW political science professor Charles Franklin admitted that emotions sometimes play a larger role in political elections than facts and logic. "I'm not endorsing the American voter," said Franklin. "They're pretty damn stupid." more

Nov 9, 2010 3:53 PM News


Alicia Yager

It was a bit after the 5 p.m. start time when I got to Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Rebecca Kleefisch's campaign fundraiser reception at the Esquire Club Wednesday night on Madison's north side. I didn't miss much. Kleefisch was also running behind schedule and had not yet arrived. So I walked among the Kleefisch supporters chatting at the bar outside the banquet room. more

Oct 28, 2010 4:42 AM News

Despite a lower than expected turnout, the various Madison residents who gathered at the second round of the city's "neighborhood summit" still had endless ideas for more robust neighborhood inclusion in the city's planning and development process. more

Oct 23, 2010 10:23 PM News

The Madison Board of Estimates on Monday seamlessly approved renovation plans for the Duck Pond at Warner Park over the next 10 years, including a $1.3 million bleacher renovation paid for by both city and private funds. more

Oct 12, 2010 3:04 AM News

Jacquelyn Boggess, speaking Tuesday at the ninth annual Racial Justice Summit hosted by YWCA Madison, noted that African Americans in Dane County are incarcerated at more than 13 times the rate for the community at large. more

Oct 6, 2010 2:09 PM News

Rebecca Kleefisch, who is in the midst of a statewide tour, stopped by Mickey's Dairy Bar on Monroe Street near Camp Randall Stadium to briefly meet with media and talk about running mate Scott Walker's job creation plans. But when she and her travel more

Oct 1, 2010 7:53 PM News

"Money is like manure. It is not worth a thing unless it's spread around, encouraging young things to grow," quipped Judy Karofsky, a longtime homeowner from the city's Mansion Hill neighborhood. Apparently, most members of the city's Tax Incremental Financing Review Board agree with Karofsky's colorful simile, as they voted Wednesday to expand the State Street TIF district to give approximately $16 million in public money to the Edgewater redevelopment project. more

Sep 30, 2010 2:40 PM News

Rebecca Kleefisch, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is a proud Christian woman. She's a wife and mother who drives a minivan, clips coupons and has what she calls "kitchen-table common sense." She also boasts a large Tea Party backing for her ultra-conservative beliefs and platform. Sound familiar? You betcha! more

Sep 30, 2010 2:00 PM News

Madison Ald. Mike Verveer knows the natural beauty of Madison often goes overlooked in the pursuit of various city projects. "It's pretty much a no-brainer that Madison hasn't taken advantage of its lake shore to its fullest potential," Verveer says. "In terms of just the aesthetics of it, it's really clear to a lot of folks that we can do better." more

Sep 24, 2010 4:35 AM News