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The Hmong community has found a voice in UW professor Yang Sao Xiong

Yang Sao Xiong remembers the bizarre hissing sounds the most. He was 7 years old, a refugee with his family from Laos, when he arrived in California in 1987. "When we first got off the plane, all I could tell was that people were making all these 's' sounds," says Xiong, describing his first impression of English. >More
 Software trainers embark on a steamy business trip in Mercury Players Theatre's Widescreen

If you lie awake at night fantasizing about the raunchy situations some people must get into on business trips, if they have the chance and the libido, the Mercury Players Theatre production Widescreen is for you. The play features tablets, smartphones, laptops and four different sex scenes before intermission. >More
 City of Madison wants to redesign Philosopher's Grove

Anthony Rineer took over Myles Teddywedgers, the iconic pasty shop located at the top of State Street, this September. One night shortly after the purchase, he was putting in a new floor when he saw a brawl going on just outside his door. >More
 Monkey research protesters take message to UW Board of Regents

On a cold, windy, and wet Thursday morning, 20 animal activists stood on the corner of West Johnson and Lake streets as members of the UW System's main governing body, the Board of Regents, filed into Gordon Dining and Event Center for its all-day meeting. >More
 Leading bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn expresses skepticism over controversial UW-Madison primate experiment

Jeffrey Kahn has serious doubts about the ethics of the UW-Madison's research depriving newborn rhesus monkeys from their mothers. "I'm deeply skeptical about the necessity of this study," said Kahn, who recently chaired a National Institutes of Health committee on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. >More
 University of Wisconsin monkey research sparks opposition

An experiment on newborn monkeys at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has ignited a debate, including a national petition drive, a federal review and a proposed local resolution seeking to halt the research. >More
 Dane County board panel kills resolution opposing primate maternal deprivation studies at UW-Madison

After nearly two hours of testimony, a Dane County board committee voted unanimously to kill a resolution urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to cease its maternal deprivation experiments on rhesus monkeys. "I think there are a lot of valid issues that you raised, but I'm not convinced," Sharon Corrigan, chair of the executive committee, said to Anne Emerson minutes after the vote on Thursday. >More
 Turkeys in the 'hood

Brenda Morris has some new neighbors. "I heard that there was a family around but I hadn't gotten to see the babies yet," says Morris, a schoolteacher who lives on Madison's east side near Olbrich Gardens. "So I got up early the next morning, and sure enough they came walking down our street." There were 11 turkeys in all " two adults and nine chicks, or poults. >More
 Communities United is poised to play a critical role in addressing Madison's racial inequalities

Every month, a few dozen people gather at noon at the Urban League of Greater Madison's south-side headquarters. The June meeting of Communities United is the last before the group breaks for the summer, and Ananda Mirilli calls it to order right on time. Mirilli, restorative justice program manager for the YWCA, has been chairing these meetings for a year and attending for four. >More
 Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments

In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this. Sandgren says a typical research project protocol receives around four person-hours of scrutiny from an oversight committee; he estimates this one got more than 170. >More
 UW-Madison animal research oversight committees strive for consensus

Craig Berridge, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is comfortable with the scrutiny given animal research on campus. "Animal research is a heavily regulated and overseen process," says Berridge, who studies the brain mechanisms of rats. "And I think everyone who does animal research feels they're balancing the need for and desire to alleviate human suffering and to minimize animal suffering." >More
 How State Street went wild after the Wisconsin Badgers earned a Final Four berth

On Saturday night, Hawk's Bar on State Street was packed full of fans decked out in red and loud with big, throaty and increasingly hoarse cheers, all focused upon the Badgers game on TV. Minutes after Wisconsin defeated Arizona by a single point in overtime, launching the men's basketball team into the Final Four for the third time in the university's history, the bar started to empty. >More
 The school-lunch dilemma for Madison

The Madison school district's food and nutrition production facility is a large, gray, industrial-looking building on Pflaum Road, with a loading bay in the back. Inside, baskets of hairnets line the hallways, and cases of preprocessed food are stacked high. It is in this building, in a windowless conference room, where Dustin Lundt and six of his colleagues gather weekly to determine the lunch menus for Madison's students. >More
 The life of a UW-Madison teaching assistant

Rachel Gross emerges from a classroom to face the crush of students charging through the corridors. The labyrinthine hallways and riot-proof walls make the UW Humanities Building feel like a medieval fortress under siege during class change. Gross has just a few minutes to herself before her next skirmish -- with a room of 13 undergraduates. >More
 On probation and homeless: Wisconsin offenders with nowhere else to go are placed in shelters

It was snowing last December when Kevin Brooks, then 39, entered a homeless shelter for the first time. It was just a few days after he took a plea agreement to be on probation for the next four years. Unable to find housing near his family in Marinette County, Brooks was called back to Madison by the probation office. He expected to be confined inside a Dane County halfway house. His probation officer had different plans for him. >More
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