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Wetland or wasteland? Republicans say jobs should come before environmental controls

Call it Bud Harris' theory of environmental relativity. The professor emeritus of natural and applied sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found that when people look at the Bergstrom wetland, "They see what they want to see," depending on their perspective. For wetland experts like Harris, the little patch of land less than a mile down the road from the stadium that hosts the world champion Green Bay Packers is a rare and valuable resource that provides environmental benefits while supporting a rich array of flora and fauna. >More

NEWS

Public Health Madison & Dane County turns attention to neighborhoods, violence prevention

Keeping their candles burning was a challenge in the falling temperature and rising wind as 150 committed Southwest Madison residents gathered in Hammersley Park in late November to walk the half-mile to Falk Elementary School. The crowd assembled in response to racist graffiti spray-painted in red the week before on fences and buildings in the neighborhood. >More
 Private plaza sticking point on plans for 100 block of State Street

The plan to transform the 100 block of State Street calls for many drastic changes, but the most important one to the developers is a private plaza and garden on Fairchild Street across from the Overture Center and Central Library. >More
 New home wanted for historic Steensland House

Bethel Lutheran Church hopes to move the historic Steensland House, at 315 N. Carroll St., to 124 E. Gorham St. The church wants to move the house, which currently sits on the edge of its parking lot, to make way for a $12 million community center. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

The Occupy movement has it all wrong

Occupy Madison is already old news, having blended seamlessly into the city's broader protest infrastructure as well as the blight along the 800 block of East Wash. However, supporters maintain that the national Occupy movement has created a tectonic shift in the political landscape by focusing all eyes on the previously neglected issue of income equality. Last week in Kansas, even Barack Obama shifted gears and suddenly made "inequality" central to his reelection campaign. >More
 Tell All: Bumper-sticker bragging

Dear Tell All: It's no secret that bumper stickers are a preferred method of self-expression in Madison, political and otherwise. However, one of the most popular decals popping up on seemingly every other car are the little round "26.2" stickers, signifying that the owner has completed a marathon. >More

MUSIC

Christmas means the gift of over-the-top tunes

There was quite a flap this year over what to call the tree in the state Capitol, but when it comes to music, there's not much difference between a Christmas album and a holiday album. Amid the sleigh bells and the snowmen, you're bound to bump into Jesus somewhere along the way. >More
 Black Diamond Heavies' James Leg takes a solo turn

During the last half of the 2000s, Nashville's Black Diamond Heavies built a dedicated fan base with some hard touring, pumping out a bracing mix of blues, punk and soul informed by the last half-century or so of American music. The group hasn't released a new disc since 2009's Alive as Fuck, but singer/keyboardist John Wesley Myers, a.k.a. Rev. James Leg, emerged this year with a solo album, Solitary Pleasure. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Dairyland between the covers

What with one thing and another, 2011 has been a time to ponder what Wisconsin stands for as a state. Where do we come from and where are we going? What is being a Wisconsinite all about? In one way or another, this crop of 2011 Wisconsin-centric books illuminates these questions. >More
 After renovations, Orpheum Theatre focuses on live events

The Orpheum Theatre's Lobby Restaurant has closed, at least temporarily, as the building enters yet another phase in its long life. Thanks to remodeling, it's now primarily a venue for live entertainment. >More

MOVIES

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows improves on the franchise

When Sherlock Holmes raked in more than $200 million at the box office in 2009, it was only elementary that Hollywood would realize a sequel was inevitable. It was far from inevitable, however, that the sequel would improve the product. Never mind that Sherlock Holmes was kind of a mess, its last hour overloaded with fights, explosions and that fast-slow-fast visual style that has become so achingly trendy. You don't mess with (financial) success. >More
 Charlize Theron is brilliantly prickly in Young Adult

Thirty-seven-year-old Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a beautiful, unhappy and dislikable narcissist. Add delusional, rude and alcoholic to the list. She's not the kind of person we generally want to spend time with in the movies or in real life. However, the attributes that make Mavis bad company are the very reasons you'll want to catch her in Young Adult. >More
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EATS

43 North revamps its menu

Shinji Muramoto isn't just one of Madison's most creative chefs; he's also a very savvy restaurateur who knows how to seize on any reasonable trend. His Sushi Muramoto, in the prime spot across from Sundance, is thriving because it's smart enough to serve all the things you want to eat right now (though surprisingly it's the hot dishes, not that gummy sushi, that fare best). >More
 A star potato soup (recipe)

The week after Thanksgiving, I participated in a Chicago-grown mobile soup charity event called "Soup and Bread," which made its stop in Madison at the High Noon Saloon. I prepared a garlic mashed potato soup steeped in reverence of Thanksgiving leftovers, which are to me almost as good as Thanksgiving itself. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Cyclo-cross National Championships come to Madison

January may not strike your average Wisconsinite as the best time of year to host an outdoor cycling event in the state. In fact, if you expressed a desire to do such a thing you'd likely be met with more than a few raised eyebrows and accusations of mental infirmity. Cyclo-cross racers may cop to being a little nuts, but they'll be the first to tell you that the fall and winter months of the cyclo-cross season are just right. >More
 The UW-Whitewater way: Warhawks return to Stagg Bowl riding 44-game winning streak

We arrived in Whitewater for last Saturday's NCAA Division III semifinal football game between the Warhawks and St. Paul's University of St. Thomas in a car bearing Minnesota license plates, so it wasn't surprising when we were approached by a fan of the home team almost immediately. >More
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