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Armed and alarmed

But for Maund, more and more, guns hold weightier significance. He has noticed insidious changes in his neighborhood. Threats marching inexorably toward his house. He has been taking stock of what he has, and what it would mean to lose it. Despite his apparent idyllic domestication, Maund does not sleep in comfort when he locks his door at night. >More

NEWS

Was enough done to stop abuse?

Remarkably, to date, none of the three entities ' the county, state or Walden Homes ' has admitted mistakes in hiring procedures, staff monitoring or abuse investigation. And each agency is taking great pains not to publicly criticize the others. >More
 A contrarian at the gates

Joe Sommers is delusional. The Madison attorney thinks he may survive next Tuesday's primary for Wisconsin Supreme Court and go on to win the April 3 general election. That's not going to happen. >More
 Did he or didn't he?

At last week's Progressive Dane-sponsored mayoral candidate debate, the candidates were asked what they would do to protect 'same-sex domestic partner benefits' for city employees. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

C'est chic

Van Wart's personal style and her flawless eye for fashionable pieces are on display throughout the store. She admits, 'Twigs is simply an expanded version of my own closet.' >More
 O come, all ye faithful

We enjoyed your column on sex manuals, and we were wondering whether you know anything about sex manuals for Christians, especially evangelical Christians. >More

MUSIC

Talking the talk

What's hip-hop to you? If it's just police incidents outside Club Majestic and songs with vile lyrics set to pounding bass beats, you'll be surprised to learn that the UW Arts Institute's artist in residence this spring is Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a leader in the field of hip-hop theater. >More
 On the record

It's easy to get down when your band plays the same rooms in the same small city to the same crowd. Some acts break up or move on when the walls begin to close in. Others hunker down in the basement or a more sophisticated purpose-built studio and start recording. >More
 Near-death experience

A decade removed from his near-fatal overdose, Linkous' latest batch of songs drive home this point: He doesn't just feel sadness, he tries mightily to transcend it. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Much ado about everything

It's like an English major's manic dream the night before the exam. Rollicking is probably the word, but ribald and zany work too. >More
 Family values

'In Ivory Coast, someone asked me why African Americans try to learn African dance. 'It's not African once Americans do it,' he said. That was critical feedback. It's how I came to understand who I was and what I wanted to do. I lost my fear of mixing things up.' >More
 Bush vs. the media

The Bush administration believes in keeping secrets, and it has shown contempt for the national media who represent the public's right to know. >More
 Alien nation

Each of Resistance's 20 levels feels unique. The art design is fantastic, as is the replayability factor. In other words, the game is a real winner. >More

MOVIES

Darkness on the edge of town

What Peyton Place did for small towns and American Beauty did for suburbs Little Children does for Northeastern-corridor commuter stops ' i.e., expose the rot that lies under those emerald-green lawns. >More
 Old Joy

We tend to forget that friendships can wither and die, but here's Old Joy to remind us. It's one of those quiet little films that seem closer to short stories than to novels. >More
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EATS

Carnival of flavor

Hold those plans to go down to Mardi Gras on Tuesday. Willy Street now has some of the best New Orleans-Cajun food this side of Lake Pontchartrain. >More
 Taking it low and slow

Sharing corny jokes is one way Wisconsinites deal with glacial blasts and interminable indoor living. Another is cooking, especially if it's something meaty, slow-simmered and served with mashed potatoes. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

It's two below. Tennis, anyone?

'The reaction time can be brutal,' says Eileen Goode. She and her husband, Tim, are explaining the appeal of platform tennis ' a wintry outdoor variation on the traditional game ' as they serve and volley on the court they've built at the intersection of Mineral Point Road and County P in Pine Bluff. >More
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