Why John Doe prosecutor should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has an obligation to appeal the decision by the Wisconsin State S...

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Nuns vs. Katy Perry, Leo's eco campaign, and more

Twitter users had a gas responding to a recent tweet from the Boston Globe. Providing an update on t...

Efforts to save the monarch butterfly grow across Iowa and the nation

Overwhelmed by global warming? See no solution to dirty water? Save the monarch butterfly.

Ex-DNR official: Walker’s reorganization of agency won’t even begin to address problems

A new reorganization plan by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources won’t fix numerous proble...

Betty White weighs in on dentist who killed Cecil the lion

Betty White, a passionate animal activist, has harsh words for the Minnesota dentist who killed Ceci...

Democracies die behind closed doors

Before the ink was dry on Wisconsin’s 2015–17 budget, Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP were planning to...

Debate club: Presidential primary debates to begin

Time to fire up the meme-machine and turn on the truth-o-meter. The 2016 presidential candidates ar...

Walter Palmer wanted by U.S. and Zimbabwe officials for slaughter of Cecil the lion

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to talk to Walter Palmer, the Minnesota denti...

Peace activists to march in Wisconsin

Peace activists, including those with the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars,...

Traveling the Lake Michigan beer trail

There was a time in the early 20th century when just about every little Wisconsin town could be coun...

Meryl Streep rocks harder than ever in ‘Ricki and the Flash’

She’s become a Hollywood legend for playing great women, mastering accents and generally making her ...

Matt Kemple’s 10 reasons to see the 10th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Ten years ago, no one would have thought of Milwaukee as a comedy hub. One of the reasons that’s slo...

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  • Efforts to save the monarch butterfly grow across Iowa and the nation

    Friday, 31 July 2015 05:02
    Published In: Environment
  • Ex-DNR official: Walker’s reorganization of agency won’t even begin to address problems

    Friday, 31 July 2015 04:51
    Published In: Environment
  • Betty White weighs in on dentist who killed Cecil the lion

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  • Democracies die behind closed doors

    Thursday, 30 July 2015 19:33
    Published In: Opinion
  • Debate club: Presidential primary debates to begin

    Thursday, 30 July 2015 19:15
    Published In: Political
  • Walter Palmer wanted by U.S. and Zimbabwe officials for slaughter of Cecil the lion

    Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:18
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    Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:25
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    Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:53
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    Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:42
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Progressive Madison reigns atop ‘best-of’ lists

Making Madison even more biker-friendly is Madison BCycle, an urban bike-sharing program launched in 2011 that allows members to check out bikes from one of 35 stations in the city.
— PHOTO: Madison BCycle

For nearly 70 years, Madison has been regarded as one of the nation’s best places to live — for a variety of reasons. With the proliferation of “best-of” lists floating around cyberspace today, the capital city’s drawing more plaudits than ever.

Federal court looks at N.C. voting law

Demonstrators march through the streets of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 13, after the beginning of a federal voting rights trial challenging a 2013 state law.
—PHOTO: AP/Chuck Burton

“This is our Selma,” the president of the North Carolina NAACP said, rallying activists and denouncing Republican efforts to suppress the vote 50 years after the brutal, bloody marches for voting rights in the South.

Traveling the Lake Michigan beer trail

Sheboygan’s 3 Sheeps Brewing company is run by Grant Pauly, a third-generation brewer who cultivates some truly unique beers.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

There was a time in the early 20th century when just about every little Wisconsin town could be counted on for two things: a church and a bar. But now, the rapid rise of craft brewing means that in many towns, the third constant is a brewery.

Matt Kemple’s 10 reasons to see the 10th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Brian Posehn, known for playing Brian Spukowski on The Sarah Silverman Show, will close the Milwaukee Comedy Festival on Aug. 9th.
—PHOTO: David S. Shields

Ten years ago, no one would have thought of Milwaukee as a comedy hub. One of the reasons that’s slowly changing is the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

Meryl Streep rocks harder than ever in ‘Ricki and the Flash’

Ricki and the Flash opens in wide release on Aug. 7.

She’s become a Hollywood legend for playing great women, mastering accents and generally making her mark as the greatest actress on Earth. But now it seems that Meryl Streep is enjoying a second life as a musical performer. 

New music
Jill Scott, the Bird and the Bee, Titus Andronicus, Benjamin Clementine

The talented R&B vocalist Jill Scott has taken a long, roundabout path to her fifth studio album, Woman. But it is worth the wait. Never content with the grooves of conventional R&B, she smooths things out on “Fool’s Gold,” digs deep into gospel wailing on “You Don’t Know,” and explores Prince-influenced territory on the slinky “Beautiful Love.” “Closure” gets irrepressibly funky, a kiss off to a former love. If there is a thread that holds the entire album together, it is the exploration of love and sex in all its forms. Jill Scott is wise and experienced, and her voice is a treasure.

Out on the town

WMSE Record Ruckus

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2

Charli XCX and Bleachers

7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 

‘Art to Art: True Stories’

7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2

Dave Matthews Band

7 p.m. July 25 and 26 

‘Spring Awakening’

July 23 to Aug. 2

Reggie Wilson

2 p.m. July 18

Art Fair on the Square

July 11 and 12

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

8 p.m. July 9 to 19

Jazz in the Park

5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays June 4 to Sept. 3

Singer/songwriter Paul Anka still does it ‘his way’

Paul Anka, songwriter for artists including Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Michael Jackson, will perform at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater.
—PHOTO: Annie Leibovitz

Every career has its watershed moments, times when the nature, direction and fortunes of a life change forever. Singer/songwriter Paul Anka says one of his was a 1968 meeting with Frank Sinatra. 

Classic farce ‘Boeing Boeing’ kicks off MCT’s season

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre takes a look back at the “swinging ‘60s” through the lens of classic French farce with Boeing Boeing, the opening production of its 2015–16 season.

Creative with crayons
Adult coloring books become best-sellers

Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer.

Edwin Booth play cycle seeks to redeem the name of America’s greatest actor

Edwin Booth is considered by many the greatest American actor of the 19th century, but his brother’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln would haunt him to his dying day.
—PHOTO: David S. Shields

Edwin Booth is arguably the most acclaimed, most beloved and most talented American actor to ever strut the boards, a tragedian who was a pioneer of naturalistic acting. Yet today that reputation is buried beneath the weight of his brother’s name: John Wilkes Booth.

Experts create a diet for health and the environment, but Republicans try blocking it

New dietary guidelines are due later this year.

Congressional Republicans beholden to food industry lobbyists are complaining, “Where’s the beef?” in a scientific committee’s proposed revisions to the U.S. dietary guidelines.

Wisconsin justices reward their donors with a ruling that creates a lawless playing field for political campaigns

It came as no surprise when the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to end a John Doe investigation into the illegal coordination of fundraising activities between Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 re-election campaign and the independent “dark money” groups that support him. After all, the court’s conservative majority had collected $8 million in donations from the political groups being probed.