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Women flourish in farming

Tricia Bross is no farmer's wife. She is the owner and farmer at Luna Circle Farm in Rio. Twenty years ago, when she started, women were farming, they just weren't always getting credit. "When I first started, it was hard to get recognition," says Bross, 51, of being a woman farmer -- and a non-dairy farmer at that. When she sought assistance after a hailstorm, she says she was asked: "How many cows do you milk, and who's your husband?" >More

NEWS

Eric Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin Senate primary

Will Eric Hovde turn out to be the second coming of Ron Johnson? In 2010, Johnson, the owner and CEO of a plastics manufacturing company in Oshkosh, burst out of nowhere and into the U.S. Senate. With a self-funded campaign, Johnson swamped two little-known Republicans in the primary, garnering 85% of the vote. He then went on to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, 52% to 47%. >More
 Redistricting sets up Democratic battles in Wisconsin Assembly primaries

Last year's Republican-controlled redistricting in Wisconsin has clearly wreaked a bit of havoc in Dane County. The shifting of districts is pitting veteran Democrats and old friends against each other. >More
 City of Madison won't block revived Edgewater redevelopment

Fred Mohs admits he was stunned when the Edgewater Hotel redevelopment project rose from the dead this week. Developer Bob Dunn announced he has found private money to make up for the loss of city financing. "It's not a happy situation," says Mohs, an attorney, developer and preservationist who lives across the street from the hotel and has been fighting the project. "I didn't anticipate this. I don't think anybody did." >More
 Living large: Big families have their advantages

"Several months into our relationship, the subject came up of the number of kids we wanted to have if we ever got married," says Priscilla Peterson of Mount Horeb. "Erik thought maybe two or three sounded good. When I said I'd like six, maybe eight, his jaw dropped." >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Time to stand up to the gun nuts

Remember when Wisconsin's new concealed carry law passed and "no guns allowed" signs started going up all over town? I'll never forget the first morning I saw the picture of a gun with a line through it posted on the front door of my daughter's daycare center. Seeing those signs in the windows of restaurants, offices and the toy store across the street from the Capitol was a shock. But the more of them I saw, the more they seemed to mark little islands of sanity in a society that has been taken over by the gun nuts. >More
 Tell All: In defense of neediness

Dear Tell All: I think you may have gotten it wrong in your response to Friend to the End ("With Friends Like These," 7/6/2012). He values "making a profound connection with another human being" but now finds the people he'd gotten close to turning inexplicably cold. >More

MUSIC

Madison's 2012-13 classical music season has a youthful glow

Our classical music groups at the Overture Center have prepared an alluring array of offerings for the 2012-2013 season. Many of the composers represented created their works when they were under 30, and some under 20, giving the season a youthful glow. In this milieu of innocent creations, late works like Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante and Brahms' Fourth Symphony sound weightier and more dramatic. >More
 The Flaming Lips' quiet side

A band has to grow into its man-sized hamster ball. As Oklahomans the Flaming Lips became a band that could turn its shows into an irradiated carnival of confetti and light and pull off the cosmic-scale anthem "Do You Realize??," all kinds of other expansions were taking place in its sound and songwriting. One of them was that Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and company got better at exploring those less anthemic, more elusive spaces. >More
 Tennis fuse breezy pop with R&B and garage rock

Like brand-new tennis balls, songs by Denver indie-poppers Tennis are as bright and bouncy as they are fuzzy. After a seven-month sailing trip, lovebirds and cofounders Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley penned some sea-themed tunes inspired by a Shirelles song from the 1960s. When the couple's first mp3s began circulating in the blogosphere, NPR's World Cafe took notice and featured their debut LP, Cape Dory. This exposure transformed their musical hobby into a full-blown career. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Breaking Bad heads toward a grim conclusion

I hope you're not letting the Olympics distract you from Breaking Bad's final season. This is TV history in the making, folks. The series is a profound investigation of corruption -- the corruption of a single man's soul. And the new episodes suggest that Breaking Bad will work out its morality play with brutal integrity. >More

MOVIES

Total Recall remake doesn't match the original

Total Recall is the second feature-length adaptation of a paranoiac sci-fi story by Philip K. Dick, and this one may be more in tune with the bleak times we're living through. But it's also very much a product of director Len Wiseman. Fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 original will immediately notice a few major changes: no Schwarzenegger, no Mars, no exploding heads -- and, potentially the major deal-breaker, no sense of humor and precious little satire. >More
 An art thief gets played in Headhunters

"You don't need a Ph.D. to realize I overcompensate for my height," smirks Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), the 5'6", po-faced corporate headhunter at the center of Headhunters. He works overtime trying to keep his Nordic goddess of a wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) luxuriously accommodated, but he isn't putting in extra hours at the office. Instead, Roger has a profitable sideline stealing expensive paintings. >More
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EATS

Forequarter is a worthy follow-up to the Underground Kitchen

We were cranky. It was another boiling day, and Forequarter's no-reservation policy made it tough to coordinate with the people meeting us for dinner. Would we be able to hold a table for the four friends joining us when we'd heard that lines were regularly collecting at the restaurant's door since Forequarter opened a month ago? >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Danny Sullivan to the rescue for the Mallards

Sunday night's game couldn't have started much worse for the Madison Mallards and starting pitcher Sam Forkert. Visiting La Crosse led off the game with a home run. The next guy up also went deep. Forkert hit the third guy and then surrendered another home run to the fourth batter. >More
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