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A tribute to photographer Phil Ejercito (slideshow)

When collaboration works the way it's supposed to, it's a blast to just participate with the others involved and that's the way it was with Phil every time we worked together. >More
 Scenes from Madison's 2013 St. Patrick's Day parade (slideshow)

Members of Madison's Irish community, both permanent and temporary, donned their green and gathered on the Capitol Square Sunday for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, full of music, mischief and merriment. >More
 Just like family: Big Brothers Big Sisters is turning lives around in Dane County

Dora Zúniga grew up poor in south Texas. "My parents had a third-grade education and spoke little English," says Zúniga, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. "The poverty rate in that community was 60%, and the unemployment rate was 30%." >More
 'I loved him so much': Why one woman stayed with her abusive husband

It's not the three decades of abuse she suffered at the hands of her late first husband that still haunts 79-year-old Bea Christensen. What pains her now, so many years later, is what happened to her children. "The part that makes me feel bad is not my getting hit, but their getting hit," she says tearfully. "It makes me remember when they were little and they had their little white Jockey pants, and they had been spanked so hard on the bottom that his hand print was visible in -- the bruises. And I was too afraid to walk away." >More
 The new Vilas zookeeper: Director Ronda Schwetz sets a higher standard for care and conservation

You can't miss the orangutans. Photos, drawings and large handprints of the great apes are everywhere in the office belonging to Ronda Schwetz, who became Henry Vilas Zoo's director in June. Schwetz became enamored of orangutans about seven years ago, while serving as the primate curator at the Denver Zoo. There she met Robin, an orangutan whose calm energy stood in contrast to the more volatile gorillas, and who reminded her of her twin toddlers. >More
 Remembering Marsh Shapiro

I first became aware of Marsh Shapiro -- the Madison TV personality and restaurateur who died on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 74 -- in junior high school. We lived a few blocks from each other, me on the hill above the Catholic cemetery seven blocks west of West High and Marsh a couple of blocks further down toward University Avenue. >More
 Cheap Shots 2012: The Twitterverse responds to Paul Ryan at the GOP convention

When Paul Ryan accepted his party's VP nomination on Aug. 29 with a prime-time performance piece at the GOP convention in Tampa, his baffling mendacity alarmed more than half of the country and much of the Twittersphere. Here's an excerpt of how it sounded, in reverse, as is the way of the Twitter scroll. >More
 Cheap Shots 2012: Paul Ryan

The Republican U.S. representative from Janesville was tapped as Mitt Romney's running mate in August. Thus began an ill-starred campaign in which, among other misrepresentations, Ryan claimed that the closing of Janesville's GM plant was President Obama's fault. (The closure was actually announced on George W. Bush's watch.) Ryan's turn in the national spotlight earned him more than the usual number of Cheap Shot Awards for 2012. >More
 Cheap Shots 2012: Scott Walker

For the second year in a row, we find it impossible to come up with a single Cheap Shot Award for our governor, who continued to put politics before policy, cater to monied interests and sow division among an already deeply divided state. >More
 Cheap Shots 2012: Our annual awards for bad behavior

When 2012 opened, Scott Walker's opponents were counting the days until they could formally launch a recall election against the governor, who had shocked the state by successfully eliminating collective bargaining rights for most public workers in his first few months in office. Walker, however, beat back Democratic recall opponent Tom Barrett fairly easily in June. Voters apparently cared less about Walker's policies than about electoral process. Let the guy serve out his term and then take another vote, seemed to be the prevailing view. >More
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