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Student activists unhappy with UW-Madison's stance on Palermo's Pizza labor dispute

It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sure, the acting U.S. commerce secretary, set to start in July, will make $500,000 a year -- plus benefits and perks including a university residence and car, money for travel and entertainment, and an unpaid academic appointment for her husband. But she'll be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. >More
 UW-Madison students frustrated, unmoved by MPD's Mifflin Street Block Party crackdown

UW-Madison senior Matt Warnert was stabbed at the 2011 Mifflin Street Block Party, but he describes efforts on the part of the Madison Police Department to shut down the annual festival as an "iron fist" approach. "I understand they want to make it safe," says Warnert. "But what does that have to do with scaring someone having a house party on Gorham, or anywhere downtown?" >More
 Judith Davidoff discusses Fair Wisconsin and the gay rights fight on WORT

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reports on Fair Wisconsin's work in the May 3 and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 The gay rights fight: Fair Wisconsin racks up victories around the state

After more than two decades with the Green Bay public works department, David Fowles asked his employer for domestic partner benefits for his longtime partner. Fowles' request instead prompted an alderman to propose that the city join a legal challenge to the state's new domestic partner registry. Katie Belanger, executive director of Fair Wisconsin, says her organization got wind of the move and helped mobilize opposition with "old-school phone trees." >More
 Wisconsin GOP pushes to limit corporate liability

As a steamfitter for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee, Robert Hass' job was to install and repair the steam pipes that heat city buildings. Unibestos, a product made from asbestos, was used to insulate the pipes. Hass died in 2011 from mesothelioma, a painful cancer that starts in the lining of the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos is a known carcinogen and considered the primary cause of a number of diseases, including mesothelioma. >More
 Wisconsin takes passive approach to the rise of chronic wasting disease

You can practically feel Patrick Durkin's blood pressure rising, column after column. The Waupaca-based outdoor recreation writer has devoted more than a dozen of his weekly offerings since 2009 decrying what he feels is the state's inadequate response to the threat posed to deer by chronic wasting disease, or CWD. >More
 Madison receives four proposals for Judge Doyle Square development

The city of Madison received four proposals for Judge Doyle Square, the two-block area that includes the Municipal Building and an aging parking ramp. The proposals are expected to be made public later this week. >More
 Community meeting introduces plans for 'The Hub' development on 500 block of State Street

A community meeting intended to begin the neighborhood vetting process on a proposed new development in the 500 block of State Street took place last night with a full room of about 75 attendees in the Pyle Center. "It's great to see this turnout," said Ald. Mike Verveer, in whose downtown district the new retail and residential building would be sited. >More
 Soglin says good behavior at Mifflin Street Block Party will mean money for summer youth programs

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has $190,000 set aside, and the way he sees it, it will either go toward policing the Mifflin Street Block Party or to summer youth programs. And it all depends on whether partygoers behave this upcoming weekend. >More
 City committee approves longer hours for State Street-area sidewalk cafes

Come this summer, it looks like late-night downtown pub-crawlers might get to linger a little longer at their favorite outdoor cafe. A proposal extending alcohol service hours at sidewalk cafes -- and making the hours consistent citywide -- received unanimous approval Wednesday night from Madison's Vending Oversight Committee. >More
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