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From vintage to city chic: Holiday decorating trends

Written by KIM COOK,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:24

For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something for many tastes and styles.

A look at the trends you’ll see at stores:

Gift Guide: Get better at sports with smart gear

Written by RON HARRIS,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:41

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter.

High-level gear and biometric-analysis software are no longer limited to elite professional athletes. The weekender can now use some tech-savvy approaches to get better, perhaps, at a multitude of sports. Practice makes perfect, but technology can make practice better:

Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping Madison’s unique retail districts

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:23

In the State Street shopping corridor. — Photo: Joey Reuteman

Although small in area, Madison has a number of distinct neighborhood shopping districts that offer a variety of retail experiences. Gifts for hard-to-please friends and relatives can often be found in the most unlikely places, provided you know where to look.

‘Civilization’ shoots for the stars

Written by LOU KESTEN,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 31 October 2014 10:10

Our planet isn’t in very good shape. The good news, according to “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” (2K Games, for the PC, $49.99), is that we’ll be able to hang around for another 500 years or so. The bad news: After that, we’d better start looking for a new home.

It’s not the freshest sci-fi premise — “Interstellar” has essentially the same setup — but it gives Meier and his Firaxis Games studio a chance to expand the beloved Civilization franchise to entirely new worlds. It’s a mostly successful transplant, though at times I wished its scope was even more cosmic.

The ‘hair of the dog’ won’t cure a hangover, but other methods help

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 12:47

When you wake up on Jan. 1 after partying hearty on New Year’s Eve, what kind of shape will you be in? 

Holiday decorating trends you'll see at stores this season

Written by Kim Cook,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:29
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A jewel-toned snowflake ornament from Pottery Barn.

For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something for many tastes and styles.

Help for the partisan shopper searching for presents

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:14

Some, after a long and bruising election cycle, may want to escape politics and settle in for a long winter’s nap. But for those who want to infuse their holiday cheer with a dose of partisanship or progressive spirit, WiG recommends:

Glitter to Gore specializes in turning people into zombies — or artworks

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:42

Dawn Marie Svanoe and Michelle Soltis. — PHOTO: Peter F. Castro

It’s 5 p.m. on an October Saturday, and Michelle Soltis is waiting patiently for a gaggle of actors to come rushing in. Once that happens, things start to get really ugly.

WIG's New Year’s Eve Guide

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:01

Celebrating: From 2014 to 2015.

Finding a New Year’s Eve party in Wisconsin isn’t hard. It’s finding the right one for you and your friends and family that can be tough. Before you wander blindly into the night, give this guide a glance — the perfect event might be tucked away in its listings.

Oy vey! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

Written by Beth J. Harpaz,
AP writer
Saturday, 29 November 2014 11:21

Mensch on a Bench. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel.

Holiday Gift Guide:
Something for everyone on your holiday gift list

Written by Kerrie Kennedy,
Special to WiG
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:11

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. 

New cars: What’s ahead in 2015

Written by TOM KRISHER
and DEE-ANN DURBIN,
AP Auto Writers
Friday, 12 September 2014 01:50

Sales of small crossover SUVs are booming in the U.S., and automakers are responding quickly with new entries in the 2015 model year.

Ten brands — Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes and Tesla — are rolling out new vehicles to cash in on the buying binge.