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Madison declares war on bottled water

On Monday, April 26, the city of Madison is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Tapped, a broadside attack on "the scourge of bottled water" and the industry that sustains it. Wisconsin Film Festival, eat your heart out. >More
 New meters will take the money and run

An Isthmus reader responding to a report in this space about Madison's new multi-space parking meters notes an "annoying windfall for the city" in how the new system works: "If you pay for two hours but only use one, somebody else comes along and the city collects a double fee for the hour." >More
 About that park job…

Anyone who's ever re-parked a car to get a bit closer to the curb should eyeball this photo of a parked car on Livingston Street, between East Mifflin and Dayton. It's almost far enough from the curb to park an entire other vehicle! >More
 Wiley shines light on Brothers case

The deposition was taken Feb. 16 as part of a lawsuit filed by the owners of Brothers Bar & Grill against the UW Board of Regents. The owners, Marc and Eric Fortney, are trying to block the regents' attempt to seize their property through condemnation; the UW wants to use the property for a future School of Music. >More
 Madison unplugged - mostly

The New York Times ran a story last week on how communities across the nation are busily preparing for an influx of electric cars. So what's happening in the greener-than-thou tree-huggers' paradise of Madison? >More
 Psst! Wisconsin Dist. 4 Court of Appeals election looms

What if they gave an election and hardly anyone knew about it? That's the challenge facing the three contenders for Wisconsin Dist. 4 Court of Appeals in next Tuesday's primary, which will narrow the field to two candidates. Most voters haven't a clue there's an election -- or even an office. >More
 Gary Gorman came on heavy in clash with student at Oregon High School (video)

Now that she's seen the video, Patty Torres is even more upset. "It was horrible, horrible. My son was literally attacked by this man." Her son is a 16-year-old Oregon high school student named Jacob, and "this man" is Gary Gorman, the Oregon-based property magnate. As Isthmus reported in an online article last month, the two clashed at a basketball game on Dec. 17 over Jacob's failure to stand for the National Anthem. Their accounts differ dramatically. >More
 The scandal that wasn't

These days it's become all the rage not just to disagree with public officials but to question their legitimacy. A sterling example comes from Madison resident and book author Mary Jo Fahey. >More
 Joe Sensenbrenner: Rejecting earlier hotel proved wise

Joe Sensenbrenner agrees the plan to expand the Edgewater Hotel is "out of character with the neighborhood," where he happens to live. But the former Madison mayor doesn't know enough to judge the costs of not proceeding with the current plan. Still, the controversy reminds him of one that played out more than 20 years ago. >More
 Doyle's judicial pick of Gary Sherman is complicated

There's one small potential problem with Gov. Jim Doyle's appointment of state Rep. Gary Sherman to an impending opening on the 4th District Court of Appeals, which includes Madison. Sherman's official voting residence is in Port Wing, in northern Wisconsin, in a different appellate district, and the state Constitution says, "No person shall be eligible to the office of judge who shall not, at the time of election or appointment, be a qualified elector within the jurisdiction for which chosen." >More
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