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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 40.0° F  A Few Clouds
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The Gatekeeper

On an overcast spring afternoon, Susan Goodwin pulls a booklet from a shelf in her Capitol office. "The Many Roles of the Governor's Chief of Staff" is a guide for the job she has held for four years. Now it's a prop to answer a question: What exactly does she do each day? >More

NEWS

Biskupic tried to 'squeeze' Georgia Thompson

The federal prosecutors who put Georgia Thompson in prison, on charges later overturned by an appeals court as lacking in merit, repeatedly offered to go easy on her if she were to implicate others in the administration of Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. >More
 Job pick stirs controversy

Former Mayor Paul Soglin is also troubled, saying Hoffman's hiring "creates a lack of trust" in the process. He sees this and Cieslewicz's move a few years ago to shorten manager contracts as signaling "the politicization" of city government. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Already missed: LaMarr Billups

Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Especially if that small group includes LaMarr Billups. >More
 Saving our schools

The sun came up over the near east side Tuesday morning. It wasn't supposed to. Forecasters said to expect thunderstorms. But for an hour or so, sunshine painted the upper branches of the sugar maples that line the streets within the heart of the isthmus. For those of us in the Lapham and Marquette neighborhoods, it was hard to avoid the symbolism. >More
 Mother or smother

I feel sick when I see my bright, curious daughter dulled and "checked out." How could it be fun to be stoned and stupid? So far, I deal with my concern by commenting frequently and explicitly about the immediate and long-term effects of substance abuse. I don't want them to fool themselves into thinking that what they're doing is harmless, "no big deal." >More

MUSIC

A party in search of a music scene

And so it goes. Now four years old, the MAMAs remains a near perfectly organized, upscale event that tries hard to pay tribute to a scene that really isn't a scene at all, but a collection of scenes divided in the usual ways our community is divided - by age, race and class. >More
 The wow factor

For his solo stint, the locally based piano virtuoso Christopher Taylor chose George Gershwin's "Concerto in F." Written in 1925, 12 years before his death, this concerto represents the most substantial "classical" form Gershwin attempted. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

The voice of choice

This season has had a lot of silly distractions. Antonella Barba turned out to be a pornographic model, and Sanjaya Malakar made the top 10 despite a complete lack of talent. Elvis was resurrected to sing with Celine Dion, then sent back to turn over in his grave. But the season has also featured a singer who makes you want to scream with joy. >More
 Proceed with caution

CTM Madison Family Theatre Company continues its comeback with To Kill a Mockingbird, opening May 18 at the Overture Center's Playhouse. CTM is taking no chances with Mockingbird, a proven crowd-pleaser based on the well-known novel by Harper Lee: a story about coming of age, prejudice, courage and hope in Depression-era Alabama. >More
 The voice of choice

This season has had a lot of silly distractions. Antonella Barba turned out to be a pornographic model, and Sanjaya Malakar made the top 10 despite a complete lack of talent. Elvis was resurrected to sing with Celine Dion, then sent back to turn over in his grave. But the season has also featured a singer who makes you want to scream with joy. >More

MOVIES

Guerrillas in the mist

Directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, The Wind That Shakes the Barley wants to show us where the Irish Republican Army came from and, figuratively speaking, where it's coming from. It also wants to do it from the bottom-up, not the top-down. >More
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EATS

Tou Vue

Why you should go: For zingy, fresh, intriguing cuisine in a lovingly redone ex-doughnut shop at the Beltline end of Midvale. >More
 Artful cookware

Devoted chefs in the Willy Street neighborhood lack a store dedicated to quality cookware, dinnerware and kitchen gadgets of all sorts. Until about July 15, that is. That's when Roz Anderson hopes to open the Kitchen Gallery at 1354 Williamson St. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Doing it by the book

Sports fans often get a bad rap in the literacy department. They'd rather watch sports columnists berate each other on ESPN than read what any of them actually write. And when an afternoon can be spent watching the Brewers play the Mets, two NBA playoff games and a golf tournament, as was the case last Sunday, who has time to crack a book? >More
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