Fran Zell

Ironically, it was a health crisis that caused me to lose my health insurance -- but not in the way you might suspect. Last summer I came down with a bad case of poison ivy, all over my body. The pain, the endless itching, the face that swelled like a was bad. So bad that I neglected to fill out the health insurance reenrollment letter from the Madison school district. It was sitting on my desk all that time, through those sleepless nights of ice compresses and calamine. more

Nov 18, 2010 3:00 PM News

Kim, a resident of rural Green County who works in Madison, doesn't blame her doctor. "My doctor was concerned about me," she says. "She tried to find out what was wrong." Kim, who asked that her last name not be used discussing a sensitive medical issue, says her doctor ordered tests for Lyme disease and multiple sclerosis. Both were negative. more

Oct 8, 2009 2:00 PM News

It's two days before the end of December, and the Dane County Salvation Army's homeless shelter for families is dealing with a crisis. At the last minute, a Madison landlord has backed out of a deal to rent to a family slated to leave the shelter. Another family was supposed to move into the vacated room. No other rooms are available. more

Jan 8, 2009 3:00 PM News

Hispanics are a potential swing vote in the 2008 election, largely because of their strategic locations on the Electoral College map. In swing states like Wisconsin, a strong Hispanic turnout could prove decisive. more

Oct 23, 2008 2:00 PM News

"I am proud to be from Guatemala. I came here for the same reason every immigrant comes. For freedom, justice, and work. By coming here I could help my family in Guatemala survive." more

Sep 18, 2008 2:00 PM News

Robert Kimbrough, a longtime local peace activist, clearly remembers the last time Madison Veterans for Peace was allowed inside a Madison high school during a military recruitment event. more

May 8, 2008 2:00 PM News