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How we chow part 2: Handled with Care

On a bitterly cold February morning, Barneveld farmer Nick Kirch and a couple of his employees are filling half-gallon bottles of whole milk. The refurbished stainless- steel equipment they're using is partially automated, but it's from another age. After each glass bottle is filled, a worker manually sticks a clean empty on the small carousel of nipples that dispense the milk. When a bottle is full, another worker places it in a plastic milk crate bearing the name of Kirch's food company, Blue Marble Micro Dairy. >More


Brittany Zimmermann called 911, but no one came

Madison police believe Brittany Zimmermann called 911 before she was stabbed and beaten to death inside her Doty Street apartment, but the 911 Center failed to send help after erroneously concluding the call was a mistake. >More
 Condo residents to CDA: Help!

Marcie Malszycki is conflicted. She doesn't want to badmouth Lake Point Condominiums, where she bought a home last year. But she also doesn't want things to continue as they've been. >More
 DA won't charge alleged rapist

Further evidence, if any were needed, that rape victims maybe ought to just keep their mouths shut comes in the form of the Dane County District Attorney's official response to Lorraine Cook, a Madison woman who courageously came forward to report being raped on Jan. 8 of this year. >More


Are you ready for digital TV?

James Steinbach of Wisconsin Public Television offers a blunt assessment of the upcoming transition to digital broadcasting: "It's confusing. >More
 When policy trumps results

Much to its credit, the Madison school board has mostly ignored the March 2007 recommendations of the district's Equity Task Force. This earnest but unhelpful committee delved into the abstractions of what distinguishes "equity" from "equality," how the board might commit to equity and what esoteric guidelines could measure that commitment. >More
 Ice Age Trail: Revised edition

Andrew Hanson has the look of someone allowing himself a few moments to savor recent accomplishments before returning to the next tasks at hand. That's how it is blazing the Ice Age Trail. As soon as another segment is established, maintenance begins, and there is another goal to achieve. >More
 Money's no object

What do you think? Is this guy a total miser? And can you have a decent relationship with a guy who counts pennies, especially if you're more of an easy-come-easy-go kind of gal? >More


Tangy: Rocking in spite of it all

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2005, Ken LaBarre checked into St. Mary's hospital for outpatient knee surgery. But he didn't check out that afternoon as planned. >More
 The Madison Symphony Orchestra: Verve and vulgarity

The Madison Symphony Orchestra closed its season last weekend at Overture Hall with an all-Russian festival, in both repertoire and performers. Vladimir Spivakov, familiar from past visits as both conductor and violin soloist, took the podium to open with Shostakovich's "Festive Overture." This glitzy piece was commissioned in 1954 to celebrate a Bolshevik anniversary. As such, it demonstrates what made Western critics often consider the composer a superficial Soviet party hack, before we came to understand his full range and depth. It is, in fact, gloriously loud and successfully trashy music only a master craftsman could create, and Spivakov made no bones about its extroverted vulgarity. >More
 Tegan and Sara: Sister act

A recent appearance on the Tonight Show proved once again that when it comes to spunk - and heart - Canadian twins Tegan and Sara Quin have few peers in the pop-rock world. >More



Our gang

Did you know that West Side Story was originally going to be called East Side Story? It would have been about the Catholic and Jewish street gangs in 1950s New York, and it would have been set during Easter and Passover. Somebody thought better of the idea, thank God, and the rest, as they say, is history. >More
 The UW Dance Program: Good move

The Spring Concert last weekend in Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space continued the UW Dance Program's recent trend toward stronger offerings. For the most part, the mostly student dancers looked good. The seven premieres on the bill were substantial, the choreography wide-ranging. >More
 Playing the field

Farmer Wants a Wife (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CW) cooks up a reality-show fantasy about city women finding true love with a hunky farmer. Matt is right out of central casting, with a square jaw, chivalrous manner and 200 acres in the middle of Missouri. The women clomp through his fields on high heels, hoping to be the fish-out-of-water he chooses. They take hayrides, engage in farm-wife competitions and giggle inanely. None of them can fairly be called a city slicker. Even Matt's chickens seem more urbane. >More
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Baby Mama: Fertile ground

Tina Fey's so hot right now that celebraticians -- those who calibrate star heat -- are already talking backlash. It would serve her right, too, since she's a woman who dares to be both funny and pretty, and we all know where that can lead. Actually, we don't know, because it doesn't happen very often, which may be why some of us have invested so much in Fey. She doesn't just act funny, she writes funny, she produces funny. >More
 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay: Taking the high road

Like a bag of pot left on your doorstep by a stranger, 2004's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle seemed to come out of nowhere. It had been a while since we'd had a decent stoner comedy, and this one had the added attraction of smashing our ethnic stereotypes about Asian Americans. >More
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Dave Swedarsky, majority owner (with three partners) of Burrito Drive

Why you should go: For Mexican food fantasies that range from quirky to divine. >More
 Harvest: Local accents

When Tami Lax jumped from foraging at L'Etoile to co-founding her own Harvest restaurant virtually next door eight years ago, Madison's reputation for seasonal, locally sourced, almost reverentially cooked contemporary cuisine seemed cemented. Suddenly there were two nationally recognized Capitol Square restaurants sitting almost side by side and overlooking, symbolically, the Dane County Farmers' Market - itself an epic ode to the bulging local harvest and maybe the best metaphor for a movement that had come of age. >More


Madison Mustangs: For the love of football

Mike Galindo, a physical education teacher at Sennett Middle School, doesn't hesitate when asked why, at 35, he's still playing football. "I really enjoy running out on the field and hitting people," he says. >More
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