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Dumbing down the DNR

Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposes the elimination of 66 positions within the Department of Natural Resources, 25 percent of which are research and science-related. Walker says the jobs "no longer fit the core mission of the agency," but some conservationists speculate that lawmakers are attempting to curtail research that could be a barrier to mining and other such industries. >More


Caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

Jariatu was found in a house surrounded by nine of her family members. All of them, except her, had died from Ebola. She was just 14 months old and barely alive. She is the patient that Marc Rosenthal, a Madison nurse who spent months in Sierra Leone helping fight Ebola, remembers most. >More
 Protest redux

Perhaps it was the familiar uniform of the gathered ironworkers, the electrical workers and the laborers -- steel-toed boots, blue jeans, hard hats -- or maybe it was the signs bearing slogans recycled from the Act 10 protests of 2011, but the demonstrations this week at the Capitol felt worn out. >More
 Arch is a new concept in salon service

Arch, a new breed of salon that caters to the lunch-hour crowd, opened in January in the ground floor of the Tenney Building on the Capitol Square. The salon offers a wide selection of what co-owner and stylist Cera Fass calls "express services," including blowouts (a hairstyle without a haircut), brow waxing, makeup application and more. If you need to get in and out during a lunch break, this is your salon. >More


GOP: The party of schadenfreude

The policies of Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies are driven by a message of punishment: Cut the wages of middle-class workers, devalue public education and take away benefits from the working poor. >More
 Tell All: The worst Valentine's Day ever

There's nothing inherently magical about Valentine's Day. It can be a great day or a terrible day, just like any other. More often than not it's disappointing because we put such weirdly high expectations on February 14. >More


Tig Notaro: Queen of deadpan

Tig Notaro revels in awkwardness. On Conan the comedian once pushed a stool across the stage -- and back again -- for an impossibly long 101 seconds. In "No Moleste," she riffs on the translation of the "Do Not Disturb" sign on her Mexican hotel room. The Mississippi-born Notaro dropped out of high school in ninth grade and has built an impressive career, appearing on The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office and Community and her own Comedy Central Presents Tig. >More



Pianist Shai Wosner approaches Schubert with delicacy

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra demonstrated its capacity for highly polished and focused playing in a concert on February 20 at the Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More


Cinematheque showcases Winter Sleep, winner of the top prize at Cannes

It is off-season at a tourist hotel in a remote region of Turkey. Spring will come, bringing tourists and the distraction of work. For now, the couple who run the place have each other. It is not quite nothing, but it's close enough. >More
 Antarctica: A Year on Ice highlights ordinary people in an extraordinary place

Midway through Antarctica: A Year on Ice, a wrestling match breaks out. What's at stake? A banana. The tussle is friendly, but it conveys a lot about life on the southernmost continent. Supplies aren't replenished during the brutal winter, so when a ship finally arrives bearing fresh fruit, giddiness sets in. >More
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Beer Here: King George by Capital Brewery of Middleton

King George is made with more than a dozen specialty malts, which give it rich chocolate, caramel and biscuit flavors. There's a distinctive undertone of roasted cherrywood smoked malt, which "goes really well with the other dark malts," says brewmaster Ashley Kinart. >More


Time for a shot clock?

Maybe you read about a recent high school boys' basketball game in Alabama, the one in which Bibb County defeated Brookwood, 2-0 " a dubious accomplishment that tied the record for lowest-scoring prep basketball game in history. >More
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