Season’s 1st whooping crane chick hatches in Baraboo

The spring’s first hatch of a whooping crane chick at the International Crane Foundation’s headquart...

Sanders officially launches his presidential bid in Vermont, and to Clinton's left

Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his preside...

Florida school no longer requiring tech students to undergo vaginal procedure

A Florida community college will no longer have ultrasound technician students practice an invasive ...

Appeals court: Hold remains on Obama's executive actions on immigration

Immigrant rights advocates pressed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to withdraw from a lawsuit after a fe...

Indianapolis mayor to be Pride grand marshal

The mayor of Indianapolis who backed the LGBT community amid the uproar over Indiana's anti-gay reli...

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

The latest oil spill on the California coast at Santa Barbara is just a drop in the bucket compared ...

Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary degree

When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he w...

Pop and politics: Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend, in an event described b...

Cannes finale: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or in upset

The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close with Jacques Audiard’s Sri Lankan re...

After officer’s acquittal, 2 more cases loom for Cleveland

Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact after protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman w...

Affordable care corrections: Fixing skimpy insurance coverage

A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers a...

Michael Sam signed by Montreal Alouettes

Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in th...

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  • Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

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  • Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary degree

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  • Pop and politics: Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

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Bias bites
Pit bull bans blasted as biased, without merit

Eavesdrop on the social circles at the local dog park.

The snippet of conversation about discrimination and bullying might sound like a discussion of the latest proposal to allow businesses to refuse service to gays. But the human companions to the canines may be denouncing breed-specific laws and defending pit bulls.

“When I walk my pit bulls, I get looks and people cross the street to get away from us,” said Lisa Williams, founder of Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, a nonprofit that rescues pit bulls and other large dogs from animal control shelters. “My dogs will not hurt anyone, they love people. But, because of how they look — some with cropped ears and tails, cut before I ever got them — people won’t give them a chance. People will look at our pictures on display at events and say, ‘Oh, you’re a pit bull rescue’ and walk away.

Food company execs call on Congress to mandate GMO labeling

Top executives from Ben & Jerry’s, Chipotle, Stonyfield Farm, Patagonia and other companies on May 20 urged Congress to oppose legislation designed to block labeling of GMO foods and called instead for mandatory national GMO labeling.

Wonder why state's economy lags? Take a look at WEDC, Scott Walker's job-creation agency

In his 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker pledged to create 250,000 jobs. At the center of his pledge was the creation of a new public-private agency called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which replaced the state Commerce Department. Right-wing media were overjoyed to bring in private business people to grow the state’s economy instead of relying on wonky government types.

'Into the Woods' an enchanting conclusion to Skylight's season

Married bakers (Jonathan Altman and Karen Estrada) must fulfill the wishes of a witch (Susan Spencer) to have a child in 'Into the Woods.' Photo by Mark Frohna.

For its final show of the season, Into the Woods, Skylight has assembled a cast of mostly local actors and designers with practically no weak links. They serve as a guide into one of musical theater’s most enchanting plays, never letting the cynical realism the fractured fairy tale is known for overwhelm the warmth and emotion at its core.

Wisconsin puppy mill breeders exposed in new report

How much is that doggie in the window, the one with the waggly tail? The cost — measured in suffering — is high if a puppy mill supplied the dog to the store.

The Weepies turn a year of struggle into a powerful return to form

Married duo Steve Tannen and Deb Talan will kick off their new tour in Madison.
— PHOTO: Robert Sebree

Celebrated folk-pop duo The Weepies, composed of married couple Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, will kick off their latest concert tour May 29 at Madison’s historic Majestic Theatre. It’s a tour in support of "Sirens," their first new full-length studio album in five years. And it’s been a hectic five years. 

Out on the town

Craig Ferguson

8 p.m. May 30

John Mulaney

7 and 9:30 p.m. May 29

‘Dirty Dancing’

May 26 to 31

Lake Street Dive

8 p.m. May 27

‘The Skylight Ring’

May 15 to June 7

‘Wisconsin Pastorale’ depicts a regional artist’s earliest successes

Lois Ireland’s “The Homestead” is a prime example of her regional art style, with its detailed yet simplistic depiction of life in the American countryside.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Even standing at the back of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the viewer can’t help but be drawn to “The Homestead,” an oil painting by Wisconsin regional artist Lois Ireland. The work lacks the inner luminescence of Ireland’s other works, but the clarity of the objects against the pallid landscape draws the eye for that exact reason.

Ron Johnson faces a tough battle in rematch with Feingold

Ron Johnson and Russ Fenigold

Almost from the day Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defeated his Democratic predecessor Russ Feingold five years ago, both sides have anticipated a rematch.

Order up!
For National Hamburger Day!

Fire up the grill and uncork the condiments. May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day, a time when even the healthiest among us honor the great American tradition of meat and bread and a whole stack of condiments between them.

Rhinelander arts workshops build community

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The Rhinelander School of the Arts has been teaching students for half a century.
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One of Wisconsin’s oldest arts education programs, the Rhinelander School of the Arts, soon will begin its 52nd year. The July 17-19 weekend will feature workshops in visual, culinary, writing and performing arts.

Anna Kendrick caps off a musical trifecta with 'Pitch Perfect 2'

With roles as Cinderella in Into the Woods, one half of a conflicted couple in The Last Five Years and the leader of an all-girl a cappella force in Pitch Perfect 2, how many musicals will it take to satisfy Anna Kendrick's seemingly insatiable appetite for song?

New Broom Street musical aims for emotional impact

Meghan Rose (left) and Kelly Maxwell are collaborators on Broom Street’s Held.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Madison’s Broom Street Theater is celebrating the end of its 45th season with an original musical by two veteran Madison artists taking their first few steps into theater.