Prudential offers whole life insurance for people with HIV

As evidence of how far HIV treatment has progressed, The Prudential Insurance Company of America las...

We must overcome voter apathy

The midterm elections and their aftermath show the extent to which our democracy is failing. In the ...

Adult smoking rate dips below 18 percent

A government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dipped below 18 percent for the first time...

Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity

A group of brawny, bearded brewers from the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, area has posed mostly nude for a c...

70,000 more pages of Walker documents released

Nearly 70,000 pages of emails and attachments were released this week that had been collected during...

New music venues not needed for Madison

To the delight of music fans, two new concert venues a few blocks from each other have been proposed...

High volume on Black Friday lets gun sales slip through background check system

More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last yea...

Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker in 'The Imitation Game'

‘Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuse...

Next on 'net neutrality'…

President Barack Obama angered Republicans but delighted netroots activists when, in mid-November, h...

Shakespeare: In 120 minutes or less

Alas, poor Shakespeare! You thought you knew him well … and then came a merry band of pranksters to ...

Woodman’s spirits department rising

The assignment seemed simple: Sample and report on organic beers. In Madison, that should be as easy...

Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping Madison’s unique retail districts

Although small in area, Madison has a number of distinct neighborhood shopping districts that offer ...

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  • We must overcome voter apathy

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  • Adult smoking rate dips below 18 percent

    Friday, 28 November 2014 07:01
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  • 70,000 more pages of Walker documents released

    Friday, 28 November 2014 06:38
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  • New music venues not needed for Madison

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 22:13
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  • High volume on Black Friday lets gun sales slip through background check system

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 20:18
    Published In: National Gaze
  • Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker in 'The Imitation Game'

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:49
    Published In: Film
  • Next on 'net neutrality'…

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 18:57
    Published In: Trending News
  • Shakespeare: In 120 minutes or less

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:15
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  • Woodman’s spirits department rising

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:58
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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping Madison’s unique retail districts

    Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:23
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Holiday Gift Guide:
Something for everyone on your holiday gift list

Finding the perfect gift is simple, as long as you have a handle on the personality types of the people on your gift list. To make this easy for you, we’ve compiled a glossary of some major “types,” given you clues about how to identify them and developed customized shopping lists that are guaranteed to make everyone merry this holiday season. 

Anger over Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for killing Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept the grand jurors' choice not to charge the cop with a crime in the death of Brown, who was unarmed?

Federal judge strikes down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Nov. 25 struck down Mississippi’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. The ruling on the Mississippi amendment was made public just hours after a federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban.

'Harvey's' charms appear slowly but surely


Harvey has all the ingredients of a great Milwaukee Rep holiday show. Which makes it all the more puzzling that it takes half the play for this production to go from good to great.

State commission backs electric bill hikes, ‘solar tax’

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted for a rate plan submitted by We Energies that environmentalists say penalizes customers who conserve energy and jeopardizes the fledgling solar industry in southeastern Wisconsin.

The cost of doing business with Boss Vos

Robin Vos. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Formalizing a decision already hinted at in 2013, the National Basketball Association included as a condition of  the Milwaukee Bucks’ sale that a new arena be constructed to house the team. If a new arena was not constructed, the league could buy back the team, potentially resulting in Milwaukee losing the Bucks as our professional basketball franchise.

Out on the town

Holidays Around the World Party

6– 9 p.m. on Dec. 5

Urban Garage Sale

10 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 29

‘A Christmas Carol’

Milwaukee Rep: Dec. 2– 24 Children’s Theater of Madiso...

'A Cudahy Caroler Christmas'

Nov. 26–Jan. 4

‘Of Heaven and Earth’

Through Jan. 4

Jonathan Smoots finally gets Scrooged at the Rep

Jonathan Smoots, right foreground, plays Mr. Fezziwig.
— Photo: Michael Brosilow

It’s common for Milwaukee Rep actors to shuffle through various roles in the company’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but Jonathan Smoots has taken it to a new level.

Lame-duck drama
Showdowns over immigration, Keystone XL pipeline

President Barack Obama looks over notes at the White House. — PHOTO: Pete Souza

President Barack Obama came back after a massive Election Day defeat to take big leaps on climate change and decisive executive action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation.

Pairing holiday foods and wine

Pairing, a holiday gift.

When pairing wine with food, most hosts and hostesses know that red goes with red meat and white pairs with fish.

WiGWAG: News with a twist, from gay bulls to apocalypse now

Bully for Benjy

Benjy, Ireland’s so-called “gay bull,” has been saved from the slaughterhouse and is destined to live out his days at an animal sanctuary in England. Hopefully near another bull. The AP reported that Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons and a leading supporter of animal welfare causes, helped save the Charlerois bull, who failed to impregnate any heifers and showed an attraction for another bull.

John Oliver says the joke’s the thing

John Oliver. — Photo: HBO

No one was more surprised than John Oliver at the world’s reaction to his takedown of the Miss America Pageant, specifically its claim of providing millions in academic scholarships for women. Women’s scholarship funds such as the Society of Women Engineers received a major bump in both donations and website visits thanks to Oliver’s satirical treatment of the pageant.

Learning about commitment from gay male couples

Milwaukee jazz pianist Tim Clausen is not in a same-sex marriage — nor does he have a long-term male partner.

But he has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the dynamics of such relationships, having conducted 103 interviews with gay men who are partnered or married. He turned the interviews into his first book, Love Together: Longtime Male Couples on Healthy Intimacy & Communication.