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UW's walk-on strategy: Non-scholarship players fuel Badger football

By all accounts, Jared Abbrederis had every right to be upset. An all-state quarterback at Wautoma, he walked on at Wisconsin in 2009, redshirting that season as his family picked up his tuition bills. The deal was if he worked hard and improved to the point where he became a solid contributor, he could earn a full-ride athletic scholarship. >More

NEWS

Wisconsin state Rep. Brett Hulsey pleads no contest to disorderly conduct charge

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) pled "no contest" Aug. 15 to disorderly conduct for flipping a 9-year-old boy, whom he did not know, off his inner tube while both were swimming on July 4 at Spring Harbor Beach. >More
 Scott Walker speech a high point for Wisconsin delegates at GOP convention

"Scott captured the mood. And most importantly, he captured what everybody's thinking - that Mitt Romney did a very daring thing by picking Paul Ryan," Tommy Thompson said from the floor. "And by doing this, he's telling the world that they're going to solve the problems and not keep postponing them." >More
 National GOP and Romney campaign have high hopes for Wisconsin

Not since 1984, when President Ronald Reagan won re-election, has a Republican candidate for president won in Wisconsin. But now Rick Wiley, the Republican National Committee political director, believes the stars are aligning to end that drought. Wiley spoke to reporters in a Tuesday conference call from the Republican National Convention in Tampa. >More
 Kleefisch tells GOP convention crowd that Walker's playbook can win nationally (audio)

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has never been to a Republican National Convention before. She came to the grand show in Tampa, Florida, this year as one of its stars, riding the coattails of Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who is the vice-presidential nominee. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Scott Walker blows it at Republican National Convention

To Wisconsinites, Walker looks like a right-wing rock star. And judging from the treatment he was getting from delegates to the RNC, you could imagine he's well on his way to national stardom. Every room he entered during the convention week erupted in applause. He could hardly get the words out to nominate Mitt Romney for our delegation from the floor, the whole hall was cheering so loudly. >More
 Tell All: What women want

Dear Tell All: I agree with your letter writer who was disgusted with Anne-Marie Slaughter's article in the Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" ("Women Can Have It All," 7/20/2012). Slaughter argues that it's impossible to work at the State Department or other high-level jobs and also be a good mother, even with a supportive partner. >More

MUSIC

On your mark, get set, go to these fall 2012 concerts around Madison

The Olympics are over, but the epic displays of power and talent have just begun. Instead of crowding around a TV for hours on end, race to local venues for these fall concerts. New shows will be announced throughout the fall. >More
 A personal history of the Project Lodge

The Project Lodge has enjoyed its share of adulation this year. Consider the February Kickstarter campaign that raised $9,000 for the all-ages venue, which will depart East Johnson Street in late September as Good Style Shop moves in. It summoned a wave of warm-and-fuzzy feelings and prompted lots of musicians and artists to evangelize about the venue's importance. >More
 John Paul Roney trades loud arena rock for quiet folk

Last year, as an experiment, Nashville musician John Paul Roney pulled the plug on his Twitter-driven existence. During this temporary hiatus, he discovered what he calls an "inherent lie to social media" -- that it's not very social at all. He's found a real connection onstage, with friends. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Der Stiftskeller murals to be reconstructed after Memorial Union renovation

Memorial Union staff are expecting some degree of panic among the thousands of students returning to campus this week when they find most of Der Stiftskeller boarded up tight as part of the Memorial Union renovation. But they say that nearly all artifacts, artwork and furniture will return after construction, save for one casualty. >More
 James DeVita finds his calling in American Players Theatre's In Acting Shakespeare

James DeVita knows his Shakespeare, his audience and himself, as evidenced by Friday night's performance of In Acting Shakespeare, his one-man show about finding his calling as an actor. Adapted from Sir Ian McKellen's Acting Shakespeare, the play premiered at American Players Theatre three summers ago. DeVita later took it on the road and re-tooled it. Directed by John Langs, this production is many things at once. >More

MOVIES

A misplaced love story dulls otherwise sharp Lawless

Lawless is a portrait of real-world anti-heroism, a story of larger-than-life characters who refuse to play by the rules. It would be awesome if it didn't yield to expectations. Director John Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave don't seem to be courting a mass audience. >More
 Celeste & Jesse Forever examines a broken-up couple's connection

When I watch a new romantic comedy, I hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I'm glad to report that Celeste & Jesse Forever is a pretty good one. Its quirky, indie vibe is appealing, and it strives -- at times too hard -- to rise above the genre's clichés. >More
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EATS

Naples 15 should stick with pizza

It has been the kind of sizzling summer that reduces everything and everyone to a stupor, except, apparently, local cooks. Maybe the sizzling start of our global warming has motivated all the chefs; why leave the kitchen if it's hotter outside? In any case, the current spurt of new kitchens continues with the debut of Naples 15, taking over the downtown space once occupied by Cafe Porta Alba (before it moved to Hilldale) and, more recently, Las Cazuelas. >More
 An unlikely online partnership with Marc Maron brings a wide audience to Madison's Just Coffee Cooperative

It's hard to say if Madison's Just Coffee Cooperative has the best or the worst catchphrase in the history of advertising. The coffee roaster is the featured sponsor for one of the most popular downloads in iTunes, the WTF podcast. At the end of almost every show, host Marc Maron closes by loudly taking a sip of Just Coffee coffee and tells listeners, "Wait for it, wait for it.… Pow! I just shit my pants." >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Will the Wisconsin Badgers get to the 2013 Rose Bowl?

With another proven transfer at quarterback, the Badgers are considered favorites to return to a third consecutive Rose Bowl this year, partially because two teams in their division -- Ohio State and Penn State -- are banned from postseason play. Here's an optimistic look at how they'll get it done. >More
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