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In Memoriam, 2007

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 Cieslewicz speaks up on Madison snow woes

With the passage of the solstice at 12:08 a.m. on Saturday morning, winter officially begins and the days will begin to lengthen once again. This new season is already old hat around Madison, though, as this snowy December has already made for plenty of traffic problems around town and depleted snowplow funds for the city. It's also created a political headache for Mayor Cieslewicz and the city, with concerns beginning with the approach taken towards cleaning up the initial storm on the first of the month. More snow and complaints piled up over the following weeks. >More
 Where's the report on dead baby?

It's been more than six months since six-week-old Anastasia Vang was allegedly killed by her mother, Ee Lee. But there's still no autopsy report on her death. The report has taken so long that Lee's defense attorneys recently complained to the judge that the prosecution is deliberately withholding the document: "[F]ailure to provide the basic evidence in a homicide case -- the autopsy report -- leads the defense to suspect that more information is being covered up." >More
 Is Tammy Baldwin bold enough?

When Tammy Baldwin was re-elected last year to her fifth term in Congress, progressives had high hopes. Democrats now had control of both houses of Congress. And Baldwin, an ally of new Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), was appointed to the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, while retaining her seat on the House Judiciary Committee. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Dec. 17 - 21

A meeting this Wednesday with executives from Marcus Hotels comes just two months after the mayor told the Chamber of Commerce that the surface parking lot behind the Madison Municipal building (corner of Pinckney and Doty) would make for a good hotel site. Ironically, that idea was first advanced by local developer Randy Alexander, who had a bid in for the Monona Terrace hotel but lost out to Marcus. >More
 George Zens: Guru of the Sustainable Times

George Zens is finally breaking even. It only took three years, but that's not too bad. The newspaper industry has seen massive consolidation on the national level in recent years. Regional news sources, those going "local, local, local," have actually been doing all right. Some, like the Sustainable Times, are even growing. This past October, George Zens' personal media creation generated enough ad revenue to put a little extra in the bank. It is finally sustainable. >More
 MPD releases record it fired worker for posting

On Dec. 5, 2007, the Madison Police Department fired Kendall Hallett, a parking enforcement officer. The reason stated on Hallett's termination letter was that he had "posted a number of documents to the Internet," in violation of the MPD's policy regarding access to police records. >More
 Are you ready for kamikaze carp?

On the Mississippi River near Cassville, John Lyons of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking for Asian carp. Twice a summer for the last five years, Lyons has dragged the river bottom with trammel nets, seined the near shore, and electroshocked the shallows, in search of silver and bighead carp. >More
 Dane County Humane Society responds... sort of

The Dane County Humane Society is probably not very happy with me. After all, I wrote a pretty critical piece on their new animal-care guidelines and the subsequent rising euthanasia rates for cats -- and it ran right before the holiday season, when most nonprofits are banking on people's goodwill to help them raise money. >More
 How many billboards are too many for Madison?

Under the City of Madison's current ordinance, if a developer takes a billboard down to make way for a new building, the sign is not replaced. The aim is to slowly eliminate billboards from the city. But some businesses -- prominently including Adams Outdoor Advertising -- think that's unfair. >More
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