Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkeys

As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't. Seatt...

Arkansas ban on gay marriage overturned in federal court

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban on Nov. 25 but stopped any rus...

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 ban...

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 ind...

Present Music again a reason to give thanks

Present Music has produced no shortage of successful collaborations and commissions, but one of the ...

MapLight tracks lawmakers' fiscal relationships

MapLight has launched a personal financial disclosures database, a tool that brings to light the fis...

Workers ready Black Friday strikes against Walmart

Our Walmart is preparing to stage strikes and other actions on Black Friday, which is on Nov. 28, th...

Peace and justice coalition renews call for police accountability, oversight

Don’t Shoot, a coalition of about 50 groups in the St. Louis area that formed in the wake of the pol...

Thousands rally across U.S. after grand jury fails to indict Ferguson officer

Thousands of people rallied late on Nov. 24 in U.S. cities, passionately but peacefully protesting a...

Wisconsin ranks No. 2 … in love for the green-bean casserole

Wisconsin ranks No. 2 on a survey of love for the green-bean casserole, that apparent favorite of Th...

Memo to media covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri

ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization, is urging both local and n...

Wisconsin agency preps for big jump in DNA testing

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly 20 more workers and begun a pricey renovation o...

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How does this little piggy get to market?
What producers don’t want you to know

At any given moment at Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, about 200,000 ducks are living in tightly cramped pens, suffering disease, injury and starvation until they join the ranks of the million ducks the farm slaughters in a year for the food industry.

That’s a fact only known to the world at large thanks to the activist group Mercy for Animals, which in late October released “Ducks in Despair,” a secretly-filmed video that quickly went viral as viewers saw workers burning ducklings’ beaks and brutally breaking injured ducks’ necks. The images were captured by an undercover Mercy investigator working as a barn-cleaner on the farm, and also show birds being denied access to food, water and veterinary care.

Thousands rally across U.S. after grand jury fails to indict Ferguson officer

Thousands of people rallied late on Nov. 24 in U.S. cities, passionately but peacefully protesting a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

People led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of "hands up, don't shoot," the refrain that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

Covert investigation reveals animal abuse at Wisconsin dairy

An undercover investigation disclosed by Mercy for Animals on Nov. 12 reveals animal abuse at a Wisconsin dairy farm. Video released by Mercy for Animals shows workers at Andrus Dairy in Birnamwood, Wisconsin, kicking and punching cows, hacking off their tails with pruning shears, shooting them in the face and nostrils with high-powered water hoses and dragging them by their necks with ropes attached to tractors.

The nonprofit Mercy also provided material showing that the dairy is a supplier to Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese, one of the largest cheese companies in the country and a supplier to major grocery chains.

Present Music again a reason to give thanks

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Present Music has produced no shortage of successful collaborations and commissions, but one of the standouts is always the annual Thanksgiving concert. Held this year on Nov. 23 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Present Music’s latest version of the concert gave audiences another reason to be thankful this season.

Republicans expand majorities in Madison

The winter of discontent in 2011. — PHOTO: AP

There was no quickie cure for the hangover that progressives woke with on Nov. 5, after suffering defeats at the polls across the country, including in Wisconsin, where right-wing Gov. Scott Walker won a second term and the GOP could boast of greater majorities in the Capitol.

MSO's 'Scheherazade' merges music and storytelling

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This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performed a program of works that not only lived up to the ambitious nature of their season, but even surpassed expectations through evocative, escapist storytelling.

Out on the town

America elects ‘the greatest Congress the Kochs ever bought’

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky waits to cast his ballot.
— PHOTO: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The moon was nearly full and a red tide washed across the United States on Nov. 4. Did you hear the wolves howling?

5 years on the beat: Wisconsin Gazette celebrates an anniversary

Publisher Louis Weisberg,{break}business manager Kaity Weisensel{break}and original circulation manager{break}(and Weisberg’s husband) Robert Wright.
— Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

The Wisconsin Gazette was conceived over dinner at a sushi restaurant in Kenosha in June 2009. Present were photographer Jason Smith, journalist Lisa Neff and Louis Weisberg, who’d worked in both journalism and marketing. The three, who had worked together at weekly LGBT newspapers in Chicago, presented Milwaukee businessman Leonard Sobczak with a terrible idea: to start a new LGBT publication at the depth of the worst recession in memory.

With the help of First Stage, ‘Rudolph’ takes flight

Young actors in Rudolph. — Photo: Mark Frohna

Turning successful film and television programming into stage productions is the way the entertainment industry operates these days, and the classic holiday special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer isn’t exempt from the trend. Fifty years after the original TV special first aired, a stage version of the beloved holiday tale is currently being produced at theaters across the United States, and a national touring production is crisscrossing North America. 

Redline exposes Cuban handicrafts

A portrait of poet José Martí. — Photo: UWM Special Collections Library

Out of small seeds come great and unexpected things. In 1985, artist Rolando Estévez Jordán and poet Alfredo Zaldívar established a workshop in Matanzas, Cuba, about 70 miles west of Havana. Their first visual works were fliers promoting meetings for writers and artists interested in sharing their work and ideas. This modest initiative developed into a publishing house for handmade artists books, produced under the name Ediciones Vigía.

Madison hosts Broadway star Karen Olivo’s next act

Karen Olivo. — Photo: AP/Charles Sykes

Karen Olivo’s next performance will be far from the glittering lights of Broadway, where she won a Tony Award for her performance as Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. She’ll appear in the city she now calls home — Madison.

The Rep resurrects ‘Mr. Showmanship’

Jack Forbes Wilson in Liberace! — Photo: Michael Brosilow

Given that the legendary pianist Liberace was a Milwaukee native, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater had reason to believe local audiences would embrace its 2010 biographical cabaret performance starring local musician Jack Forbes Wilson as Mr. Showmanship himself. But Liberace! more than earned its explanation point.