Joe Tarr


David Michael Miller

Paying property taxes can be an overwhelming burden on elderly homeowners. A little known city program offers some help. Read more



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An estimated 1 billion birds die every year after flying into glass on buildings. The deaths are preventable. And the Madison Audubon Society, UW-Madison and an army of volunteers are trying to make buildings safer for feathered friends. Read more

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Marie Arana, who visits the Central Library for the 2019 Wisconsin Book Festival, takes a personal approach to examining the history of Latin America in “Silver, Sword & Stone.” Read more



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Natives know all the best places. From parks to restaurants, libraries to makerspaces, Isthmus staff share their favorites. Read more

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Joe Tarr

There are only about 1,700 chess grandmasters in the world, including Madison’s Awonder Liang. Isthmus faces him in a match to see how good he really is. Read more



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In the early 1960s, Madison destroyed much of the Greenbush neighborhood, dislocating 1,150 people. Now the city is eyeing redevelopment of the so-called Triangle. Will it get it right this time? Read more

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The Newsroom, a nonprofit venture working to increase coverage of state government, will launch its 11th state publication: The Wisconsin Examiner Read more

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Mineral Point Library Archives, R. Richard Wagner Collection

The Stonewall riots turn 50 this year. But gay liberation was in play years before — even in Wisconsin — as a new book by Dick Wagner chronicles. Read more

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The Drumlin Farm was evicted 10 years ago, but the land its residents farmed remained largely undisturbed until last month when the Alexander Company cleared it to make way for Artisan Village. Read more

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David Michael Miller

For more than 100 years, architects and planners have dreamed of ways to better connect downtown with Lake Monona with a signature park. Now the city is starting the process that could make it a reality. Read more


Tickets are still available for some fantastic films showing at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. Isthmus critics dug in to another round, to help procrastinators pick their films. Read more

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A sea change swept through city government on April 2, as voters replaced almost half of the Common Council. Read more

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Satya Rhodes-Conway won voting wards across the city Tuesday night. Her victory ends what may be longtime mayor Paul Soglin’s last election. Read more

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Dane County is breaking up with the Henry Vilas Zoological Society, leaving many baffled as to why the relationship has soured. Read more

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Joe Tarr

Madison has a chapter of Socialist Rifle Association, a leftist alternative to the NRA that aims to offer gun education and a defense of community. People of color, women and transgender people are welcome — racist, sexist bigots are prohibited. Read more

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Police have twice been called to the home of Jim White, candidate for Common Council, for reports of a domestic disturbance. White denies any violence occurred. Read more

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The world has 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change. So why are Wisconsin’s utilities still burning coal? Read more

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Although only four Common Council seats involved primaries on Tuesday, 11 seats will see competitive elections on April 2. Read more



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Every week, the Dane County Humane Society takes in dogs and puppies from Southern shelters. Isthmus watched one group’s arrival. Read more


Environmentalists and animal rights activists are trying to draw attention to coyote-killing contests, including one being held this weekend in Sauk City. Read more

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Some alders are pushing for a more independent review of the East Towne Mall arrest of Genele Laird. But it’s unclear whether they have the authority to demand one. Read more

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    One of two warblers found dead next to UW-Madison’s Ogg Hall on Oct. 8.

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    In 2017, Awonder Liang became one of the youngest grandmasters ever. But can he beat a middle-aged journalist?

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    From left, George Fabian, Nick Baldarotta and Richard Trameri grew up in the Greenbush neighborhood that was largely destroyed during the urban renewal efforts of the early ’60s.

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    When Xay Thor moved into Bayview in 1980, she was one of the first Hmong residents. She says it’s safe and wants to spend the rest of her life there.

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    Brent Walter: "I don’t understand how a for-profit company is going to be better for the zoo than a nonprofit company."

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    AJ Basso, one of nine active members in the Madison chapter of the Socialist Rifle Association, practices at a shooting range in Oregon.