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Can new coach Bobbie Kelsey turn UW women's basketball around?

Running lines is an age-old college basketball practice tradition. The team lines up on the baseline. The shot clock is set for the time to beat. The whistle blows. And they're off. Players run to the nearest foul line and back to the baseline. Then to the midcourt line and back to the baseline. Next to the distant foul line and back. And, finally, all the way to the other baseline and back. >More
 Pure joy: How the Brewers' playoff run turned a sportswriter into a fan

It was in the middle of John Axford's meltdown in the ninth inning last Friday when I realized why I had become a sportswriter. In the business, all you invest is your time and energy. No loyalties, except to the reader. No passion, except to the story. The result is the result. Just make it quick and be sure to give me something to write about. But not this afternoon and night. >More
 Sauk County DA Patricia Barrett appointed special prosecutor in Wisconsin Supreme Court dustup

When Bill Foust reached Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett and popped the question, it didn't take Barrett long to respond to the chief judge of the Dane County Circuit Court. "Judges ask questions because they need answers," Barrett said during a phone interview. "He asked if I would accept the job, and I said, 'Yes, I accept.'" >More
 Judge Foust plans to appoint special prosecutor in Wisconsin Supreme Court dispute

Dane County Chief Judge Bill Foust said Monday he will appoint a special prosecutor to complete the investigation of the alleged June 13 incident between Supreme Court justices David Prosser and Ann Bradley Walsh but he was not sure when the appointment will be made. >More
 Wisconsin State Journal farms out Packers coverage

It is no secret that this is not the best of financial times for daily newspapers around the country, including the Wisconsin State Journal. The latest sign that Madison's morning daily may once again be facing an economic howitzer came on July 27 in an online announcement at and in the print version's sports section, where editor John Smalley wrote that the paper would no longer cover the Green Bay Packers. >More
 A parting interview with Biddy Martin: 'Do I regret how we proceeded? No'

Biddy Martin did her due diligence as the outgoing chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last week when she allotted much of her schedule to parting interviews with a variety of media. What follows is an edited version of a 24-minute session held last Thursday afternoon. >More
 UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin defiant on her way out the door

One thing is certain about Biddy Martin. She knows when her time is up. The final bell will go off this Thursday, July 14, when the University of Wisconsin chancellor officially ends her duties in Madison after three interesting yet sometimes tempestuous years to become the president at tony Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. >More
 Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald: The right brothers

About an hour after being granted a sit-down interview with state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, I happened to run into the then-incoming Republican majority leader by an elevator in the state Capitol. Fitzgerald had been generous with his time earlier, though perhaps not as forthcoming as a curious reporter would like. These were, after all, those interesting days in December, when the lame-duck Legislature quacked its way to a decision to kill the state union contracts. >More
 Will Wisconsin lawmakers share the pain?

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Beaver Dam) makes it perfectly clear who is going to feel the impact of impending state budget cuts. "Everybody is going to have to pitch in this go-around," he says. >More
 Other key Republicans in the 2011 Wisconsin legislature and what they want

Here's a look at six more Republican members of the Wisconsin legislature -- three in the Assembly and three in the Senate -- who will influence state policy in coming years. >More
 Biddy Martin's bold agenda

One can't avoid the irony in Biddy Martin's words as she speaks of her youth in rural Virginia some 50 years ago. She's recalling the post-Jim Crow era of the South, a time when the shackles of segregation and separate-but-equal were loosening yet racism remained rampant. In her words, "virulent racism." >More
 Bret Bielema's Badgers

To know Bret Bielema, one also needs to know Prophetstown, the west central Illinois farming hamlet the University of Wisconsin football coach once called home and still regularly visits. Like other small cities, Prophetstown is slowly ebbing away, squeezed by the strip mall commerce of nearby bigger cities like Sterling and Rock Falls. There, big-box stores and supermarket chains drain precious dollars from miles around. >More
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