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Tidings of good cheer

The first order of business is to inform the quaffing public that the Beer & Cheese Fest, Isthmus' annual celebration of the foodstuffs that made Wisconsin famous, is sold out. In other words, there will be no tickets (none) available at the door on Saturday, Jan. 17, when entry begins at the Alliant Energy Exhibition Center. >More
 The fur flies

The latest chapter started some months ago when the hip-ish liberal comedian Bill Maher, he of the weekly HBO current events/humor panel show, was about to make one of his occasional live appearances in Madison. A few days before, on Oct. 8, the animal advocacy group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) sponsored a robo-call by the performer to over 100,000 numbers in the Madison area. In it Maher decried the experimentation on cats by the University of Wisconsin. >More
 All systems go for 2014

It's always exciting to turn over the page on the calendar and discover a new year. Here comes 2014 and a refreshed slate of possibilities. I'll have to say this for 2013, it left a lot of balls in the air. They'll be coming down in the new year. >More
 Time marches on

This week we say adios to 2013. It wasn't the best of years or the worst of years, though, in fact, it was marginally better than some of the most recent. To commemorate it we engage in our traditional end-of-year ritual, the Cheap Shot awards compiled from staff input. >More
 Fun and games

Ah, the games people play. As the holidays approach and families gather, someone is likely to break out the board and the dice and proceed to resurrect the bloodless (usually) contention of internecine rivalry. That's why we have games on the cover this week before Christmas. >More
 It's a family affair

Our cover story this week speaks of the travails of grandparents who are burdened with raising the offspring of their wayward children. Though we are inclined to look at it as a uniquely contemporary problem brought on by today's permissive culture, it probably goes back to about the third generation of humans on the planet. It may be a more well-publicized phenomenon these days, but it's not new. >More
 Failure to launch

It's a vexing problem that haunts the Madison Metropolitan School District " the disparity between the classroom performance of white students and students of color. Our cover story this week offers insights on the so-called achievement gap as it tells the story of UW education professor Gloria Ladson-Billings. Author Catherine Capellaro has gone to an extremely well-informed source on the problem in "The Next Civil Rights Fight." >More
 Picture perfect

I apologize if we took you unaware this week with our Wednesday distribution. It's something we do every year on Thanksgiving week for the obvious reason that our readership will be otherwise occupied on Thursday. We are also otherwise occupied on Thanksgiving, or wish to be, so we not only publish a day early, we also relegate our feature space to displaying some of the entries to our annual photo contest " all the better to make an early deadline. >More
 Seasonal antidepressants

Here we go, off into the holiday season. The excitement and preparations associated with the string of traditional and religious celebrations help keep us from lapsing into terminal depression as the cold and the dark settle over our world for the next few months. >More
 The man for the '60s

In a little over a week, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. So our cover story, "Madison Remembers JFK," may be a week early, but it's well behind numerous retrospectives in print and on broadcast. And you can expect more in the coming week. >More
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