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Jo Mersa is a rapper, a crooner and a pedigreed reggae artist

Jo Mersa grew up touring, but he wasn't the star. As a 5-year-old on stage in front of thousands, he left most of the singing to his father, Grammy winner Stephen Marley, and his other musically gifted family members. They are, after all, the descendants of reggae legend Bob Marley. >More
 Rainbow Bookstore faces the future

These days Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative on West Gilman Street hums with activity, mostly from the nonstop construction of the high-rise next door. "The building shakes a lot," says Debbie Rasmussen, an executive board member of the cooperatively owned, collectively run bookstore. "It cuts off our Internet." It's the latest reminder that things have changed since the progressive institution opened its doors off State Street in 1989. >More
 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II urges Madison activists to build a 'movement of moral dissent'

Sitting among the wooden pews in a packed Bethel Lutheran Church on Thursday evening to hear an address by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, one longtime participant in the Solidarity Sing Along, couldn't help but joke about her surroundings. "This is the first time we've been in a church!" said Rose. J of the group, which has been protesting Gov. Scott Walker's policies daily in noontime sing-alongs at the state Capitol for three years. >More
 Former Wisconsin lawmaker Kelda Helen Roys recalls colleague Bill Kramer pushed personal boundaries

Former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys says there were times when she served in the state Assembly with Bill Kramer that the Republican from Waukesha made her uncomfortable. "He would stand a little too close ... or touch me on the back in a way that wouldn't be appropriate for people who didn't really know each other," says Roys, a Madison Democrat who served from 2008 to 2012. >More
 Former Walker chief of staff Thomas Nardelli called Tom Barrett a 'Muslim sympathizer' in John Doe email

As controversy swirled over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York City and a Quran-burning pastor in Florida, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker faced off in a gubernatorial debate on Sep. 24, 2010. >More
 Release of Rindfleisch emails could bring more national media scrutiny to Scott Walker

Since making the publicity rounds last fall for his book about the Wisconsin Capitol protests, when he was pressed on his presidential aspirations on Morning Joe, CNN and PBS NewsHour, Gov. Scott Walker is now on the radar of national media outlets. >More
 Mary Burke assures Dane County Democrats she has 'a game plan to win' the Wisconsin governor's race

On Wednesday, Mary Burke made her first appearance before the Democratic Party of Dane County as a candidate for governor, projecting confidence. "I would not get into this race if I did not have a game plan to win," Burke said. After sparring with Gov. Scott Walker over how to spend Wisconsin's projected budget surplus, Burke kept up the pressure on Wednesday. >More
 Scott Walker outraises Mary Burke almost three to one in 2013, with big and small cash

The latest campaign finance reports filed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his main Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, have a little something in them for each campaign to exploit. >More
 The political calculus behind Mary Burke's decision not to appear with Obama

President Barack Obama's visit to a General Electric facility in Waukesha on Thursday, Jan. 30 has caused some problems for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who has decided not to appear with the president. >More
 Consumer experts question whether Walker's $150 tax cut for homeowners will 'fuel' an economic recovery

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker opened and concluded his 2014 state of the state speech by touting a tax cut plan that he says will provide a boost to the economy. >More
 Can videogames create mindful teens? UW-Madison researchers look into the therapeutic possibilities

Teenagers spurning family time and conversation for Candy Crush during the holiday season is nearly as common a sight these days as turkey and baked ham. But UW neuroscientist Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, is optimistic that a new study will find evidence that games can be used to encourage pro-social behavior and mindfulness in teenagers. >More
 UW-Madison alums decry Teach for America's connections to charter schools

Last year, 45 seniors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison went off to classrooms across the country for two-year tours with Teach for America. Founded in 1990, the program sends recent college graduates into under-served rural and urban school districts to bolster thin teacher corps and help improve the education of students in poverty. But in recent years, criticism of the program has become more widespread. >More
 Got controversy? Dane County Board wades into raw milk dispute

Since state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a bill this summer to legalize the limited sale of raw milk in Wisconsin, no local government has registered a position on the controversial issue, according to Government Accountability Board records. But the Dane County Board of Supervisors is considering taking a stance. >More
 Proposed East Wilson Street high-rise apartment draws ire of neighboring condo owners

The First Settlement Neighborhood meeting on the proposed mixed-use high-rise at 149 E. Wilson St. Tuesday was billed as an opportunity for the developers to hear from nearby residents. And developer Lance McGrath of McGrath Property Group and Paul Cuta of Cas4 Architecture got an earful about their proposal. >More
 UW-Madison explores a broader definition of campus diversity

"Diversity" as an institutional mandate has meant a number of things at UW-Madison since it was first pursued in 1987. Among other initiatives, it sparked hiring and recruitment initiatives to bring more women and minority students, faculty, administrators and staff to campus, and the creation of an ethnic studies requirement for undergraduates. >More
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