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Ellen Foley's State Journal

The State Journal under Foley has placed itself at the forefront of industry change, seeking new ways to please readers and advertisers. Her efforts have gained widespread attention, including recent invitations to speak at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and pen an article on Web journalism for Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Not surprisingly, Foley's actions have also rankled longtime readers, community leaders and veteran newsroom staff. She's been accused of being out of touch and hell-bent on dumbing down the paper's journalism in favor of celebrity news, shorter stories and ubiquitous graphics. >More

NEWS

Whose center is it, anyway?

A huge fight is brewing over who controls the Warner Park Community and Recreation Center. In July, the Madison Park Commission voted unanimously to strip voting rights from three members of the advisory committee that oversees the seven-year-old center's operation. Representatives from the Northside Planning Council, North/Eastside Senior Coalition and Madison School and Community Recreation will no longer be allowed to vote. >More
 Sierra Club dust-up draws fresh flak

Scot Ross admits it: "The secretary of state hasn't now or ever had oversight over immigration issues." Yet he's nonetheless helped revive a controversy that once embroiled Doug La Follette, whom Ross is challenging in next Tuesday's Democratic primary, even highlighting juicy excerpts from articles that ran in 2004. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Let's end the war on terror

Five years after 9/11, we need to declare the national emergency over. The war on terror, like the war on poverty, the war on cancer, and the war on drugs before it, has been mostly about marketing. "War" becomes a rhetorical device to rally the citizenry against some affront to public tranquility. But that effort is never sustainable. >More
 This year's model

Joe Krupp wants to park a new Community Car near Kennedy Point, his 42-unit condominium project approaching completion at the corner of Eastwood Drive, Winnebago and First streets. Whether the car-sharing fleet expands to this part of town depends, in part, on the extent to which existing neighborhood residents and businesses embrace the idea. >More
 Hang 'em high

I have a problem. At least I think it's a problem. Maybe it's nothing. But if it's nothing, why am I so worried? No, I have a problem, but I'm reluctant to seek professional help for reasons you'll soon understand. Let me start at the beginning. According to my calculations, I've had 7,000 orgasms over the last 21 years, give or take a few. >More

MUSIC

The Madison band that invented the Seattle sound

The occasion for Dan Hobson's reconciliation with Michael Gerald is the 25th anniversary party of Chicago's Touch and Go Records. The "party" is a three-day music festival taking place this weekend (Sept. 8-10) at the Hideout Block Party in Chicago. >More
 Mindcrime of the century

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AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Guru reality

Sitting at the Manna Cafà on Madison's north side, I look across the table at local author Geoff Gilpin and wonder. For 33 years, the tall, graying software consultant and technical writer has been meditating twice a day without missing a sitting. >More
 Space Chase

In this space sim, you play Kayron Jarvis, a young pilot who has just come into possession of an extremely powerful spaceship, the Darkstar One, at the onset of an alarming rise in interstellar tension. >More
 Glitter gone

The NFL has effectively banned teams from playing Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2," perhaps known better as the "Hey!" song, in their stadiums this season. The reason: Glitter's conviction for child molestation in Vietnam. >More
 Hang 'em high

I have a problem. At least I think it's a problem. Maybe it's nothing. But if it's nothing, why am I so worried? No, I have a problem, but I'm reluctant to seek professional help for reasons you'll soon understand. Let me start at the beginning. According to my calculations, I've had 7,000 orgasms over the last 21 years, give or take a few. >More
 Murder most foul

You may not have realized that the electric car, which has patiently waited its turn while the world's fossil fuels dwindled away, finally went for a test run in the late '90s and early '00s, when first GM, then other auto manufacturers had to come up with ways to comply with California's new zero-emissions policy. >More
 Let's end the war on terror

Five years after 9/11, we need to declare the national emergency over. The war on terror, like the war on poverty, the war on cancer, and the war on drugs before it, has been mostly about marketing. "War" becomes a rhetorical device to rally the citizenry against some affront to public tranquility. But that effort is never sustainable. >More

MOVIES

Murder most foul

You may not have realized that the electric car, which has patiently waited its turn while the world's fossil fuels dwindled away, finally went for a test run in the late '90s and early '00s, when first GM, then other auto manufacturers had to come up with ways to comply with California's new zero-emissions policy. >More
 The Illusionist

Based on a short story by Steven Millhauser, The Illusionist is set in fin-de-siÃcle Vienna, when the Hapsburg dynasty was in its let-them-eat-strudel phase. And Edward Norton, with his hair swept back and his eyes aflame and an overall Mephistophelian glow emanating from him at all times, plays the guy who told the monarchy where to stuff it. >More
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EATS

Smoky Jon Olson

"My dad used to cook with hickory on Weber grills, my mom's a true gourmet cook, and my uncle used to own the Hickory House in Bloomington, Wis. I started barbecueing as a boy ' I was 10 the first time my dad put me on the grill." >More
 In the bag

Bag-in-a-box wine ' or 'cask' ' is far superior as a method for all of the above. Yes, it's designed for everyday drinking wine, and there haven't been too many experiments with aging wine in a cask, but it's certainly effective when it comes to maintaining freshness. And since more than 90% of wine is created to be consumed within the first two years after bottling, what's the big deal if casks don't age wine well? Hell, 99% of people I know crack it open when they get home. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Brett - Snap out of it!

It's been a tough week in Packer Nation. Last Friday's final preseason game was thankfully played at three in the afternoon, saving most fans the anguish of watching their team negate an impressive early touchdown by giving up 28 unanswered points to the Tennessee Titans in a 35-21 loss. >More
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