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Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments

In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this. Sandgren says a typical research project protocol receives around four person-hours of scrutiny from an oversight committee; he estimates this one got more than 170. >More
 UW-Madison animal research oversight committees strive for consensus

Craig Berridge, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is comfortable with the scrutiny given animal research on campus. "Animal research is a heavily regulated and overseen process," says Berridge, who studies the brain mechanisms of rats. "And I think everyone who does animal research feels they're balancing the need for and desire to alleviate human suffering and to minimize animal suffering." >More
 Is Wisconsin licensing puppy mills?

In mid-May, a Milwaukee-area Craigslist ad for "fox cages and boxes" and "slatted flooring" for sale near Plymouth, Wis., was evidence that Gerald Schulz and his dog-breeding operation, Pretty Penny Kennel, were no longer in business. Schulz used the cages for 15-some breeds, including terriers, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Lhasa apsos, dachshunds, miniature schnauzers, beagles, basset hounds, spaniels, retrievers and border collies, that he bred and sold. >More
 The white perspective: Why Marian Fredal devotes herself to fighting racism

On a recent day in my Facebook feed, a photo rolled up of three preschoolers " two black, one white " gleefully hugging. The caption read, "No one is born racist." Shortly after, someone posted an article by a black woman offended when white people want to touch her hair. >More
 Isthmus Book of Love: Valentine's Day, 2012

Once again, Madison, you have demonstrated how the power of love can lead to hundreds of quips, bits and blurbs that are poetic, silly, profound, lovely, dumb and poignant. And don't forget the photos, captured here in an audio slideshow. >More
 2011 Isthmus Photo Contest: It's all about me

Ever wonder what Isthmus readers look like? Our self-portrait photo contest gives you a chance to find out -- though some might be a big hard to recognize on the street based on the images they submitted. >More
 Isthmus Book of Love: Valentine's Day, 2011

Once again, Madison, you have demonstrated how the power of love can lead to hundreds of quips, bits and blurbs that are poetic, silly, profound, lovely, dumb and poignant. And don't forget the photos, captured here in an audio slideshow. >More
 Kaleem Caire: Change agent

It's 8 p.m. on South Park Street, just off the Beltline, and the November night is dark and cold. But from the inside of the slick new Center for Economic Development and Workforce Training, home to the Urban League of Greater Madison, it looks and feels much warmer. The first-floor library is packed, with men sunk into plush armchairs with laptops and books and kids gathered near the fireplace. Kaleem Caire looks around, pleased. >More
 Wisconsin civil servants and their unions face an increasingly hostile world

In September, before the Chazen Museum of Art began stashing some of its collection to make room for construction, I stopped in to see John Steuart Curry's iconic paintings of the Midwestern countryside. The half-dozen paintings, largely executed during Curry's groundbreaking tenure as artist in residence at the UW-Madison College of Agriculture (from 1936 to 1946), include his portrait of ag dean Chris Lauriths Christensen striding through an experimental cornfield, tie flapping in the wind. It's a stunning painting. >More
 Wisconsin public sector jobs: Okay pay, great bennies

Public employees have it good in Wisconsin, but not necessarily as good as critics think. Begin with the fact that the state is relatively parsimonious when it comes to hiring. Wisconsin ranks 4lst in the nation in per capita public employment, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. In 2008, the state's public sector was 8.2% smaller than the national average. The average salary for a state employee was $53,703 in 2008, 4.3% higher than the national average. >More
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