Nick Penzenstadler

Opponents of the Edgewater Hotel project's city loan squared off with city staff and developers Monday on the eve of what could be the project's final showdown. more

May 18, 2010 4:16 AM News

A hostile crowd of geese supporters groaned at airport representatives after waiting nearly three hours for the agenda item to come up at the marathon six-hour meeting Wednesday night. more

May 13, 2010 3:15 PM News

Barbara Davis found what she thought was her dream home three years ago when she moved to Madison from St. Louis and bought a home in Grandview Commons, on the city's far east side. Now she worries that the addition of a large grocery store could turn that dream into a nightmare. more

Apr 22, 2010 2:00 PM News

A group of battle-ready residents on Tuesday kicked off plans to oppose a proposed grocery store on Madison's east side. The group, consisting of more than a dozen neighbors in the Grandview Commons development, hopes to rally support to block the construction of a 62,000-square foot Copps store in their town square on North Star Drive. more

Apr 14, 2010 1:52 PM News

Spending last summer investigating shady government and businesses as an intern at the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" taught me some vital lessons. Perhaps the best were the ones I learned about shoe-leather reporting from watching Raquel Rutledge on h more

Apr 13, 2010 2:40 PM News


Nick Penzenstadler

Ardita Bilalli has been called a miracle child. After her premature birth, in war-torn Kosovo, she came to the United States in 2001 seeking medical treatment for a spinal condition. She was two years old. After receiving treatment in Chicago, Ardita came to Madison; she's attended Elvehjem Elementary since early childhood. Now age 10 and in the fifth grade, Ardita suffers from spina bifida, among other serious health problems. She uses a wheelchair and is often in pain. more

Apr 1, 2010 2:00 PM News


Nick Penzenstadler

Betty Banks is not an alarmist, but she believes there is cause for alarm in the incident of alcohol use among Wisconsin teens. "We need to get the word out as far and wide as we can," said Banks, the executive director of the local advocacy group Today Not Tomorrow, at a forum Thursday night at St. Marks Lutheran Church. "We want our young people to be safe, and we want our community to be safe." more

Mar 26, 2010 4:18 AM News

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has said Madison does not need cheap gimmicks to attract the global tech goliath Google to install a new experimental high-speed Internet system. That idea gave way Thursday at a techy pep rally at Olbrich Gardens, with the introduction of a new Babcock Ice Cream flavor to score some brownie points with Google. more

Mar 12, 2010 3:38 PM News

Running a newspaper in Madison, or in any city, comes with a responsibility to readers. A current controversy involving a hateful advertisement in the UW-Madison student paper, "The Badger Herald", where I serve as publisher, has raised questions about what that entails. The answers, I submit, are more gray than black or white. more

Mar 5, 2010 6:49 PM Opinion


Nick Penzenstadler

Dennis Lynch knows what some people will say -- that he's a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). He has two defenses: First, the thing he's against is not in his backyard, it's in his front yard; and second, the proposed widening of Monona Drive will harm his entire neighborhood. more

Mar 4, 2010 3:00 PM News

Proponents of a new grocery store on Madison's east side, hoping to avoid a nightmarish Edgewater-type planning process, held a meeting Thursday night to invite early neighborhood input. more

Feb 26, 2010 4:14 PM News

City planners and neighborhood residents at a meeting Wednesday on the West Mifflin area essentially landed into two camps: knock down the dilapidated houses, or enhance the existing gems. more

Feb 18, 2010 4:08 PM News

Twink Jan-McMahon calls it "a blessing in disguise." Steve Steinhoff says, "It's the most successful unsuccessful grant I've ever written." more

Feb 18, 2010 3:00 PM News

Both developer Bob Dunn and opponents appeared increasingly exasperated Thursday night as they clashed once more over adjusted plans for the controversial Edgewater Hotel. more

Feb 5, 2010 4:14 PM News

Madison developer Patrick Corcoran's plan for an eight-story apartment complex near Lake Mendota may be setting a precedent of sorts for downtown Madison: It has no plans for vehicle parking stalls. more

Jan 26, 2010 5:27 PM News