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Capitalist with a soul: Bill Linton's unconventional vision for biotech company Promega

Such excitement! It's palpable in the bright, clean laboratory as Madison-area elementary school kids conduct an experiment at Promega's BioPharmaceutical Technical Center in Fitchburg. >More

NEWS

Madison Teachers Inc. going strong despite Act 10

In February 2011, Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" that was meant to cripple Wisconsin's public-sector unions. Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining rights for most public worker unions, has taken a toll on Wisconsin's labor movement, but Madison Teachers Incorporated might be the exception. The scrappy union has managed to survive and, according to some, thrive in the post-Act 10 era. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol arrest videos could be key evidence in final charging decision of Damon Terrell

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has until Sept. 12 to determine the charges against Damon P. Terrell, whose violent arrest by Capitol police on Aug. 26 was videotaped by numerous observers and protesters. Among the charges recommended by the Department of Administration were felony battery to a police officer and resisting arrest, but Ozanne said at an initial appearance Aug. 29 that more time was needed to determine the appropriate charges. >More
 Middleton's Knowledge Unlimited works to engage students -- and others -- with current events

Despite celebrating 30 years in business this year, Knowledge Unlimited Inc. remains relatively unknown in the community. Those concerned with closing the achievement gap in Madison's schools, however, may want to take note. This award-winning educational-materials producer, based in Middleton, is unique in emphasizing multiculturalism throughout its lines of educational posters, DVDs and children's books. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

"Right the Rules" initiative will improve Wisconsin's economy

Sometimes, the most important government reforms are the most boring. A good example is the "Right the Rules" initiative being spearheaded by Rep. Daniel LaMahieu (R-Cascade). Right the Rules is a comprehensive legislative review of Wisconsin's administrative code. >More

MUSIC

College rock 101: Five bands that provide a first-rate intro to Madison's music scene

If you're new to Madison, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to local music. Sure, venues like the Frequency, the High Noon Saloon, the Majestic, the Orpheum and the Barrymore host acts that tour the country, but how do you get a sense of the homegrown scene? >More
 Audio for the Arts challenges artists to document their finest performances

Visions are emerging at Audio for the Arts, a recording studio in the funky, colorful building at 7 S. Blair St. These aren't psychedelic experiences, but they can alter a musician's reality profoundly. They're creative visions developed with the help of studio co-founders Buzz Kemper and Steve Gotcher and sound engineer Mike Zirkel. >More
 My Morning Jacket's Jim James is much more than a bandleader

Singer-songwriter Jim James is best known as the frontman of Kentucky-based rock band My Morning Jacket. But he's got a lot more aces up his sleeve, as he's shown in recent years. In February, he released his debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, earning positive reviews from Paste and Pitchfork. He's also added producer and film star to his list of job titles. >More

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ARTS

New Madison Central Library buzzes with activity before reopening

Late last week, a huge question mark appeared in the dark windows of the Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. Illuminated with 372 yellow LEDs, the two-story sculpture by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt speaks to the anticipation surrounding the renovated building, which debuts Sept. 21. >More
 Strollers Theatre's The Madwoman of Chaillot is a timely critique of capitalism

Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot (through Sept. 21 at the Bartell Theatre) began as a thinly veiled commentary on fascism, according to the director's notes for the new Strollers Theatre production. Rather than write actual Nazi characters, the playwright chose to illustrate their cruelty in the form of industrialists willing to exploit anything and anyone for profit. >More
 Sons of Anarchy returns for another dose of brutality and tenderness

Season five of Sons of Anarchy ended in a blaze of betrayal and violence. Just when it seemed things couldn't get any more intense for the California motorcycle club, here comes season six. >More

MOVIES

Sarah Polley questions her family history in Stories We Tell

The further details recede into the past, the knottier the truth becomes. Reality is multifaceted, and a devil of a thing to pin down in a documentary. Acknowledging all this, Sarah Polley plunges ahead with Stories We Tell, a very personal and inventive inquiry into the true identity of her biological father. >More
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EATS

Grampa's Pizzeria wins the triple crown on Willy Street

Owners Gilbert Altschul and Marissa Johnson have traded one grandpa for another. They've taken over the former Grampa's Gun Shop space and introduced a pizza recipe from Altschul's own grandpa in a classy, updated space called Grampa's Pizzeria. There's no question in my mind it's a good switch for Willy Street. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Wisconsin football's 2013 season opener proved nothing

Unless you're paid to evaluate such things, you know little more about the UW football team than you did eight months ago. The season opener has come and gone, James White and Melvin Gordon are still fast, and the Badgers still don't have a quarterback who inspires much confidence. >More
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