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The gay rights fight: Fair Wisconsin racks up victories around the state

After more than two decades with the Green Bay public works department, David Fowles asked his employer for domestic partner benefits for his longtime partner. Fowles' request instead prompted an alderman to propose that the city join a legal challenge to the state's new domestic partner registry. Katie Belanger, executive director of Fair Wisconsin, says her organization got wind of the move and helped mobilize opposition with "old-school phone trees." >More


Wisconsin GOP pushes to limit corporate liability

As a steamfitter for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee, Robert Hass' job was to install and repair the steam pipes that heat city buildings. Unibestos, a product made from asbestos, was used to insulate the pipes. Hass died in 2011 from mesothelioma, a painful cancer that starts in the lining of the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos is a known carcinogen and considered the primary cause of a number of diseases, including mesothelioma. >More
 Jail Library Group connects Dane County inmates to knowledge, community

David Person loves reading to his 2-year-old daughter. But unlike most parents, he can't do it whenever he wants. Person is currently locked up in the Dane County Jail for violating his probation. >More
 Judge Doyle Square proposals fall short of consultant's recommendation

The city received four proposal for Judge Doyle Square, the two-block area off the Capitol Square that includes the Municipal Building and an aging parking ramp. All the developers propose hotels smaller than a consultant recommended to maximize business at the adjacent Monona Terrace convention center. >More


Good fun or good riddance? Two views of the Mifflin Street Block Party

It's spring, and you're 20 years old. You've just finished a busy semester. Final exams and papers are due in about a week. And soon you'll be packing up, leaving your friends and going home for the summer, back to a home that isn't really yours anymore. In fact, you don't really have a home. And you have no idea what you will do for the rest of your life or who you will spend it with. >More
 Tell All: Car stereos cranked to 11

Dear Tell All: I can empathize with Crabby Road, who's plagued by his neighbor's loud guitar playing ("Death to My Noisy Neighbor," 4/11/2013). Not being able to relax in your own home can certainly take its toll. >More


Cowboy Winter combine Detroit's soul and garage-rock traditions

Cowboy Winter take a novel approach to soul and R&B on their debut album, Magic or Tragic. Instead of polishing their Motown influences like a session band would, the local group give them the bare immediacy of garage-rock. Lead vocalist Kevin Willmott declaims songs like "The Difficult One" with both achy sincerity and theatrical screams. >More
 Luna Mortis are back in action

Madison metal band Luna Mortis recently announced that they'll reunite after nearly three years of silence. >More
 Cellist Zoë Keating pairs celestial melodies with devilish surprises

"I write music. I play the cello and the computer. There are dots over my e," Zoë Keating writes on her blog, These simple sentences say a lot about this avant-garde artist and her work, which bridges the worlds of classical music, electronica and indie rock. >More



UW announces Go Big Read 2013-14 selection: Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being

Reading is typically a solitary activity, but it doesn't have to be. Just ask the organizers of the UW's Go Big Read program. They know books are social media in its purest form, tools for bringing people together and helping them connect, converse and learn from each other. >More
 Kids write for the stage: Young Playwrights prepare for Overture festival

It's last period at Waunakee Community High School, and the juniors and seniors in Jen Doucette's creative writing class are getting squirmy. Bruce Bradley, a teaching artist who has spent the last few weeks guiding them through the process of writing plays, is holding a stack of evaluations from theater pros -- and the students are eager to see how their scripts fared. >More
 A teenager films himself in Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous

Viral-video star Bo Burnham is well cast as a would-be viral-video star in Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. He plays Zach Stone, a motormouth high school dork obsessed with his post-graduation plan: making a reality show about his life. With a two-man video crew in tow, he puzzles his family and friends by playing to the cameras throughout the ordinary moments of the day. >More


The Angels' Share is a heist movie soaked in class conflict

Ken Loach's rather wonderful The Angels' Share almost seems like two movies. It begins as a gritty urban drama about young people on Glasgow's margins, but midway through, it becomes a very funny caper comedy. At first I worried. Is the transition awkward? >More
 Renoir is a vibrant drama about the legendary painter and his filmmaker son

The film is called Renoir. Which Renoir? Pierre-Auguste, the great painter, or his son Jean, the great filmmaker? Answer: yes. This appealing, somewhat rambling drama, directed and co-written by Gilles Bourdos, takes place in 1915 on the Cte d'Azur. World War I rages in Europe, but as the film begins, calm prevails at the gorgeous home of Pierre-Auguste (Michel Bouquet). >More
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A tale of three taprooms: One Barrel Brewing, House of Brews, Karben4

Craft brewing is on the rise. The small-volume startups once called microbreweries (it seems that term has gone out of fashion) are filling tap lines at an increasing number of bars and restaurants. But those seeking beer direct from the source head to the taproom. In Madison, there's a boom of these brewery-operated drinking establishments. >More


Jesus and Jason Collins

News that veteran NBA journeyman Jason Collins reveals that he's gay in an essay featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated had barely broken Monday morning when every heterosexual sports commentator with a Twitter account attempted to explain what it means. Many adopted the view that learning someone is gay should not be a big deal in 2013. >More
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