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The new game plan: Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen shakes up Badger football

Among the flocks of athletes, coaches, student managers, assistants, trainers and onlookers hustling to and fro at Camp Randall Stadium, it's not as easy as it once was to pick out the head coach of the University of Wisconsin's football team. When new coach Gary Andersen formed his coaching staff, he brought in a cohort of colleagues from out West but also retained two important members from Bret Bielema's time. >More


Violence Against Women Act could help tribes stem violence against Native American women

His first wife flung a chair at him, breaking a window. In return, CJ Doxtater straddled and punched her. It was only when his second wife left him that Doxtater, an Oneida tribal member, began his long journey from an addict and abuser to an advocate fighting the kind of violence that plagued his own marriages. >More
 Madison alder wants to permit churches, nonprofit groups to host homeless on their property

Madison zoning regulations allow for all sorts of uses, including housing, industry, farming, burying dead bodies and keeping chickens and bees. But Ald. Marsha Rummel laments that the rules don't include places for homeless people to live. "There's no legal place for you to sleep outside, especially if you don't want to hide," she says. >More
 Will Madison find money for a new Pinney Library?

Mayor Paul Soglin is expected to release his proposed 2014 budget next Tuesday, and Kathy Soukup hopes he shows some love for the east side. Soukup circulated petitions urging the mayor to include money in the capital budget to help plan for a new Pinney Branch library. >More


Is Madison ready for Tim Slekar?

As kids and teachers head back to school, the future of education in our state is a boiling-hot topic. And no one is more ready to plunge into the roiling waters of school controversy than Tim Slekar, the new dean of the school of education at Edgewood College. >More
 Tell All: Down with Indian mascots

Dear Tell All: I'm shocked to see the issue of Indian mascots rearing its head in Wisconsin again. I thought we'd settled this a few years ago, when the state decreed that high schools must change their Indian team names if the Department of Public Instruction orders them to in response to citizen complaints. >More


45 nights out: Put these touring bands on your Madison concerts to-do list for fall 2013

When the humidity wanes and the leaves start to blush, getting out of the house is a must, whether you're headed to a rock-fueled street festival or a booming dance club. Check out these touring acts before Jack Frost settles in and holiday commitments fill your calendar. >More
 Purple Haus combines recording and homebrewing under one roof

In Madison's DIY climate, fusing passions can often lead to unexpectedly exciting collaboration. In the case of Purple Haus, all it took was a fresh look and a combination that's universal: music and beer. Randall Stewart, Adam Macintosh and Brian Kaphingst met as Madison Media Institute students who'd taken a leap of faith, leaving dead-end jobs to pursue their dreams of making music. It just so happened that they also liked making beer. >More
 Wild Belle draws inspiration from both touring and staying put

Since building a buzz with the reggae-inflected single "Keep You" in 2012, globally influenced pop band Wild Belle have released a full-length debut (Isles, released in March), played massive festival gigs (including Lollapalooza and Coachella) and toured nearly nonstop. >More



Kevin Henkes' The Year of Billy Miller will appeal even to adults

If there's a secret to writing a great children's book that is breezy and substantive enough for adults to enjoy, Madison author Kevin Henkes has found it. And it may be that less truly is more. >More
 Cold War University is a riveting account of Madison's New Left

Just when you thought Madison might finally be getting over the 1960s comes another volume on the subject. But before you dismiss Matthew Levin's Cold War University as something you've read before, take another look. >More
 London police turn against their own in Luther

Luther features Idris Elba as the hulking London detective John Luther, whose crime-solving intensity sometimes leads to questionable tactics. Season three begins with a scary scene that made me put my hands over my eyes. I won't divulge the details so you can enjoy the terror as much as I did. >More


An alien attack resembles a corporate takeover in The World's End

Many film critics get frustrated when a cinematic landscape feels overwhelmed by superheroes, giant robots and crashing spaceships, but that's still the kind of stuff that turned a lot of us into movie lovers. In other words, genre movies never need to be guilty pleasures. >More
 An escaped con makes his way home in Ain't Them Bodies Saints

We don't learn a lot about the characters in the stylish drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints. We know little more than what motivates them. Love. Money. Fear. In some cases, compassion. The story is simple. A man (Casey Affleck) breaks out of prison and tries to make his way home to his wife (Rooney Mara) and their young daughter. Does he make it? Ain't telling. >More
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Pel'meni showdown: Paul's on Gorham vs. Belle Pizzelle at East Towne

Somewhere between Southern chicken-and-dumpling soup and Chinese jiaozi sit Russian pel'meni. In the dumpling world, they're the equivalent of giving your irresistible new love interest a belly-button raspberry. >More
 Hey Madison, where are the beer paddles?

For better or worse, there is a vibrant drinking culture in Wisconsin. Beer, brandy old fashioneds, the Milwaukee Brewers -- these things are celebrated throughout this state. But in Madison, ask a person about paddles, and you'll hear every kind of guess, from seafaring to frat pledging, except for the right one: the beer tent game. >More


Fifth quarter with the UW Marching Band

It's Sunday morning, and the UW marching band is preparing for another football season at its practice field beside Lake Mendota. After a cool summer, temperatures have begun rising into the 90s lately. >More
 Little Green Pencil makes the golf course a smaller, more convivial place

The group golf outing: the networking habitué's summertime habitat. A chance to swing clubs, sip cocktails, bolster professional ties and maybe even fundraise. Madison Magnet is one community organization that hosts "an afternoon of golf, networking and fun" each year in Madison. >More
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