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Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More
 UW mathematician Jordan Ellenberg highlights the value of contradiction at Wisconsin Book Festival 2014

Jordan Ellenberg, nationally recognized UW-Madison mathematics professor and author of the recent bestselling book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, did something very unmathematical Thursday night: He made a last-minute change in plans. >More
 Roy Boone's Summer League heats up Madison adult hoops

Roy Boone's professional basketball career ended in 2007 at age 30 with the now defunct American Basketball Association's oddly named Minnesota Ripknees. But that doesn't mean he can't play ball anymore. "I still got it on the court," chuckles the 37-year-old former Wisconsin Badgers guard, and a member of UW's Final Four team in 2000 as a 6-foot-3-inch junior. >More
 Forward Community Investments celebrates 20 years of good work

In 1994, a small group of investors, philanthropists and community developers gathered in the basement at First Baptist Church of Madison to establish the Madison Area Community Loan Fund " a group with much more ambition than its dry name suggested. >More
 New Zeloski Marsh bike trail is a rewarding Jefferson County daytrip

The low-flying hawk circled above us, round and round so many times I wondered if it was getting dizzy. My wife, Lisa, and I were intruders on its territory -- a previously untouched-by-the-march-of-progress stretch of new trail in the Zeloski Marsh Unit of the Lake Mills Wildlife Area in Jefferson County, about 40 miles from Madison. >More
 The Madison Capitols open a new chapter for the city's hockey fandom

Madison's proud hockey heritage begins a new era this month. The Madison Capitols -- a 23-man squad of 16- to 20-year-olds -- will play the first game of their inaugural United States Hockey League season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 18. The team's first five games, including Saturday's season-opening 4-3 loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks, are on the road because of scheduling conflicts at the arena. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 is a celebration of authors, libraries and bold ideas

Madison Public Library and its foundation have transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a yearlong feast of stellar storytelling and intriguing ideas. With many events at the Central Library, the main portion of the fest (Oct. 16-19) is also a chance for attendees to enjoy the new building's art, gathering spaces and, of course, books. Here are some of the events we're most excited about. >More
 The Brewers' epic skid

Just when you thought the Milwaukee Brewers were out of the playoff picture, the Crew restored a little hope last weekend and won four out of five games against the Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds. >More
 The hidden benefits of tug-of-war

Cathal McKeever's large right hand, roughened from years of pulling a thick 110-foot rope in countless tug-of-war matches around the world, firmly gripped my (much) smaller right hand as he explained why the United States is integral to the continued success of the ancient sport. >More
 Are you ready for some Bucky?

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. Bucky will welcome Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota to the near west side in October and November for a total of seven home games. Madison is ready. >More
 WIAA's Big Eight Conference is a powerhouse in girls' swimming

If you were to ask high school Big Eight Conference swimmers Beata Nelson and Rachel Powers what they did during their summer vacations, you better have a little time on your hands. Because the Olympic hopefuls accomplished a lot. >More
 Various Artists: All My Friends - Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman

The Allman Brothers Band will call it a career at the end of 2014, after 45 years together. This makes their latest two-CD, one-DVD set all the more poignant. >More
 The Madison Area Sports Commission has spectacular success landing competitions

On Sept. 7, Madison will host Ironman Wisconsin for the 13th consecutive year. It's an event that long ago established itself by offering one of the most spectator-friendly courses on the entire Ironman triathlon circuit. More than 45,000 people spend hours standing along stretches of city streets and rural roads, cheering on runners and riders they'll never meet or even see again. >More
 The Pack preps for its 2014 season kickoff

The Green Bay Packers opened training camp last weekend, and the familiar sight of oversized football players riding undersized bicycles to practice once again proved amusing. Of course, the focus should be on what those players do once they arrive on the field at St. Norbert College in De Pere, not how they arrive. >More
 Rubicon Cross: Rubicon Cross

CJ Snare, former vocalist for late-'80s hair-metal band Firehouse, now fronts the much heavier Rubicon Cross. About the only thing these veteran headbangers have in common with Snare's old band is the singer's distinctive voice. >More
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