Americana: On the Level

Skateboarding may be all the rage in places like trendy Southern California, but in Madison, Wis., it is definitely on the outs. Two recent accidents, one when an inebriated skateboarder sailed through a shopping-mall store window at 1:30 a.m., have the Madison police department and some city council members up in arms. Various punitive and restrictive measures are under consideration, including a proposal that would subject skateboarders who are weaving suspiciously to a Breathalyzer test, the same one given to Wisconsin's automobile drivers. In Madison, it seems, some stiff fines may soon await stiff skateboarders. While critics of the proposed crackdown...

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