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The truth about adult stem cells

Saul Richman's prospects were not good. In November 2009, after what he thought was the flu turned out to be leukemia, he underwent a week of 24-hour chemo. When that didn't work, more chemo sent the cancer into remission, but with an 80% chance that it would return. Richman needed a bone-marrow transplant and, even then, his prospects were grim. "Once you have leukemia, it's already kind of too late," says Karen, Saul's wife of 41 years. >More

NEWS

Developers want changes in Madison's Downtown Plan

As Madison's new downtown plan wends its way through the political process, it is sparking a backstage tussle that could have profound implications for future projects. A bevy of local developers and their advocates have reacted badly to the plan, which is now in draft form and headed for adoption this year, and are pressing for changes. >More
 Walker plan on nursing home neglect a boon to bad care

Phillip Wilms wasn't looking to enrich himself, only to protect others. "Why I filed the lawsuit in the first place is I wanted to be sure people in nursing homes get better care than we did," the former elementary school teacher told The Capital Times last fall. Wilms' wife of more than 50 years, Cynthia, died in September 2007 at age 72 after receiving substandard care from the Willows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sun Prairie, where the couple lived. >More
 Scott Walker's state-provided SUV racked up more than 12K miles in two months

Scott Walker spent more than $6,400 of the taxpayers' money on his personal vehicle during the two-month period before he took office, Isthmus has learned. Receipts provided by the state Department of Transportation show that Walker racked up more than 12,500 miles on a brand new 2011 GMC Yukon XL provided by the state for his personal use. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Let's get even bolder

Gov. Scott Walker has promised to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin by the end of his first term, a bold pledge that requires a bold plan. So bold, in fact, that Walker has said a plan drafted by business interests last year called "Be Bold: The Wisconsin Prosperity Strategy" is not bold enough. >More
 How we roll: Near east-siders ponder the neighborhood pot bust

Everyone for blocks got a contact high when the Rutledge Street pot bust hit the news. It was good for morale. At the very least it broke the winter doldrums because nothing says "Fun City" like a full-blown marijuana-growing operation in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood. >More
 Tell All: Liberal, but questioning

Dear Tell All: I'm a classic Madison liberal in most ways. I lived in a housing co-op, worked for nuclear disarmament, fought against Apartheid, picketed against both Iraq wars, marched in Take Back the Night rallies, and voted for Mondale, Clinton and Gore. I still believe in all my old principles, but as I get older, I find myself parting ways with local liberals more and more. Sometimes, it feels like the positions they take just lack common sense. >More

MUSIC

Shake it up: A Madison live music preview for winter 2011

It doesn't make sense to devote yourself to one musical genre in a city like Madison. Sure, some towns are built upon a particular style of tunes, but ours is defined by its mammoth menu of choices, especially during the winter months. Make a late New Year's resolution to add a new sound to your concert list. >More
 Nama Rupa looks to the East for its philosophy

If one story captures Nama Rupa's reflective approach, it is this: Members of the Madison reggae band came up with their name while browsing through Eastern philosophy books together on a Friday night. In doing so, they linked their artistic identity to a term grounded in Buddhist and Hindu thought. It's a term that describes the idea of physical and psychological duality. >More
 Foghorn Trio breathes Portland cool into old bayou tunes

The Foghorn Trio may be three-fifths of old-time music group Foghorn Stringband, but it seems to have three times the energy. Trading instruments and harmonies with ease and speed, these Portland, Ore., firebrands perform raging Cajun melodies and rip-roaring fiddle music from days of yore. >More

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ARTS

Arts Beat: Thanks to Sound Health at the UW, music is medicine

A University of Wisconsin-Madison program is bringing live chamber music to hospital patients, families and staff. Sound Health's first performance was in February 2010. Since then it's offered 35 performances at UW Hospital & Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital. >More
 The Kardashians conquer all

The Kardashians emerged on the national scene as a stunningly irrelevant reality-TV family from Los Angeles. But those were the devil-may-care days of 2007, so we let it pass. Slowly, the Kardashian sisters began showing up everywhere, from awards shows to talk shows to commercials, despite having no talent and nothing to say. Did we sit up and pay attention when E! premiered Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, even though the title made the goal of conquest explicit? No, we didn't. >More

MOVIES

Prisoners flee a gulag in The Way Back

Filled with overpowering landscapes and spectacular desolation, and based on a supposedly true story, Peter Weir's The Way Back gives us an often riveting vision of escape and the wilderness. >More
 UW Cinematheque's spring 2011 season is a dream come true

January is the pits for Hollywood releases, unless for some reason you're excited about Nicolas Cage's Season of the Witch. Over at the UW Cinematheque, however, you'll find no shortage of stimulation. The cineastes who run the free program at 4070 Vilas Hall have planned a typically ambitious spring season, kicking off this weekend with two black-and-white classics from the 1950s. >More
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SPORTS & RECREATION

The end of NFL football?

Enjoy your postseason run, Packers fans. The NFL might take an extended leave of absence this off-season. The league's collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players is set to expire on March 3. If a new agreement isn't reached by then -- and there's been little movement -- players could be locked out. Some believe a work stoppage could stretch into next fall and lead to canceled games. >More
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