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The Project Lodge's volunteer managers choose art over money

The concert is memorable in many ways, but what really strikes me -- and what will linger in my mind long after -- is how the man who stamps my hand thanks me. All he says is, "Thank you for coming." But while the words are ordinary, his tone is unusually sincere. Genuine. Mindful. It doesn't sound like a rote courtesy, nor does it sound like he's trying to be sincere. It just sounds like he means it. >More


How secure is Tammy Baldwin?

Here's a blast from what now seems like the district past: "The 2nd Congressional District will always be a competitive seat." This is a quote from Kerry Schumann, then-director of the Wisconsin Public Interest Group, in a November 1998 article in The Daily Cardinal. It appeared in a column by the paper's opinion editor, Michael Beland, who believed Tammy Baldwin's narrow victory over Republican challenger Josephine Musser made the Congresswoman-elect the "newsmaker of the semester." >More
 Robert McGuigan wants to help others avoid compulsive gambling

The murder of his son seven years ago has turned Robert McGuigan into an activist against compulsive gambling. As he puts it, "If I can save just one family from having to go through what I've been through, my work will be worth it." Jason McGuigan was 28 when he was murdered by Meng-Ju "Mark" Wu over a gambling debt. >More
 Feds probe UW-Madison campus animal care violations

A team of investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into the UW-Madison's record of citations regarding the use of animals in research, which could lead to fines or other sanctions. "They're going to go back and look at every citation from mid-2007 until now," says Eric Sandgren, director of the UW-Madison's Research Animal Resources Center. >More
 Madison police to launch new unit aimed at chronic offenders

The Madison Police Department wants to start a crime unit to target so-called career criminals who make their living primarily from crime. "With Madison becoming more urban, we believe a career criminal can function more easily here," says Police Chief Noble Wray. "Years ago, a career criminal would stick out more, but when a community grows, it's easier to function." >More


The inadequacy of rules

Last week, nearly two months after being asked, the Madison Police Department released to Isthmus records of its internal investigation into a 2006 incident involving then-26-year-old Jacob Bauer, the culprit in a bar assault. The investigation's conclusion was already known. The MPD deemed allegations that two Madison cops used excessive force in subduing Bauer were "not sustained." No discipline or other corrective action ensued. >More
 Tell All: A spam romance

Dear Tell All: hello My name is Ann, i saw your profile today and became interested in you, i will also like to know you the more, you can contact me through my email address so that i can send you my photo for you to know whom i am. I believe we can move from here! I am waiting for your mail to my email address. Ann.. (R emember the distance age or colour does not matter but love matters allot in life) please contact me >More


Five shows on WORT and WSUM you're gonna love

If you're like me and most fans of local independent radio, you have your favorite shows. Recently, though, I branched out and listened to several programs that are new to my rock 'n' roll radar. This meant straying from my usuals, which are "Sad Bastards" on WSUM-FM (91.7), a diverse set of sullen and surly songwriting that airs each Wednesday afternoon; and the online archives of Tuesday-night treat "Leopard Print Lounge" on WORT-FM (89.9), which spice up my workday with some superb garage, psych and surf-rock. >More
 For k-os, the past shapes the musical present

Call Canadian rapper k-os a songwriter or a hip-hop producer. Either title fits. Stylistic diversity has defined his music, like the way pop melodies blend with reggae rhythms on "Uptown Girl," from k-os' 2009 album, Yes! He's otherwise known as Kevin Brereton, 38, and he performs at the High Noon Saloon on Oct. 22. >More



UW's Go Big Read selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot explores race and medical ethics

The scene of Henrietta's death "was one of the most traumatic things I've ever written," Rebecca Skloot says. "I wrote it in one sitting," sunup to sundown, then spent the next couple days in bed. "I was devastated." >More
 Joan Rivers, superstar

We thought we knew Joan Rivers: that loud comedian from the red carpet and the talk shows, the one you either love or hate. But this year's documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work showed us a side of Rivers we hadn't seen before. Behind the brassy persona we glimpsed a human being, touchingly insecure after all her success in show business. We also glimpsed a disciplined artist, still crafting edgy jokes in her mid 70s. >More
 Sherlock Holmes gets a modern makeover on Masterpiece Mystery

It's hard to get excited about yet another screen version of Sherlock Holmes, but Masterpiece Mystery's "Sherlock" gives the old detective a shot of life. The series is set in present-day London, with Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. >More
 Medal of Honor reboot takes the action to Afghanistan

Midway through the Afghanistan war game Medal of Honor, you use a sniper rifle to shoot an Al-Qaeda guy in the head as he stands 911 meters away. Did you catch that reference? Nine-eleven? >More


Clint Eastwood's Hereafter delves into the supernatural

At a recent promotional screening of Hereafter, I felt the crowd shudder in discomfort, and I was pretty sure I knew why. After the film, in the hall of the megaplex, my suspicions were confirmed. A young audience member complained, "There were SO MANY subtitles." >More
 Winnebago Man tracks down an unwitting YouTube star

YouTube has a way of turning unsavory people into unwitting sensations (see: George "Macaca" Allen). One of the most unsavory YouTube stars is Jack Rebney, the Winnebago Man. In a series of fuzzy outtakes from a 1980s RV marketing film, he is seen delivering explosive, obscenity-laden tirades. Like many such clips, and like 21 seasons' worth of America's Funniest Home Videos, the Rebney scenes have a guileless comic charge that is undeniable. >More
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Lee Asian Bistro leans to the Viet and Thai side

It was online chatter that propelled me over to Monona Drive to try the new Lee Asian Bistro, located near Monona Grove High School. Since it opened this year, early customer reviews, while mixed, leaned to the positive -- and indicated that some dishes, particularly the Vietnamese pho, showed promise. >More


Bret Bielema is dull, and loving it

A review of fan message boards in the wake of Wisconsin's upset win over Ohio State last Saturday reveals an interesting pattern. In praising head coach Bret Bielema for the win, the program's first over a No. 1-ranked opponent since 1981, several fans wrote "I'm not much of a Bielema guy" before giving the coach his due. >More
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