Facebook launches system to alert you when friends are nearby

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity us...

Poll gives Walker slight lead over Burke

Polling on a likely general election matchup for governor in Wisconsin shows Republican Gov. Scott W...

Judge approves official name change for Chelsea Manning

At a hearing on April 24, Leavenworth County District Judge David King granted a petition to allow W...

Bollywood Oscars taking place … in Tampa Bay?

The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa? Hundred...

Frank Lloyd Wright tower in Racine opening for public tours

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industria...

Climate change likely to make climbing Everest even riskier

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientis...

Looking back to April 1981: Probable cause of AIDS found

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases...

Jodie Foster, Alexandra Hedison marry

Jodie Foster is a married woman. The 51-year-old Oscar winner wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over...

Chick-fil-A seeks to open restaurant in Madison

Chick-fil-A, the Bible Belt-based fast-food chain whose charitable wing funneled millions of dollars...

Exploring literary Dublin and Bloomsday

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners ...

Website ranks Albuquerque top 'unexpected beer city’ in US

A website that rates U.S. cities according to what makes them ideal places to live is raising a glas...

Colorado police: Student who died in fall ate more pot than recommended

A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana co...

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  • Climate change likely to make climbing Everest even riskier

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  • Chick-fil-A seeks to open restaurant in Madison

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  • Exploring literary Dublin and Bloomsday

    Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:31
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  • Website ranks Albuquerque top 'unexpected beer city’ in US

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Activists howl for justice for the gray wolf

“Heh, heh, heh.” The two men on the HowToHunt video on YouTube sound like Beavis and Butthead when they come across the dead wolf hanging from a log after being caught in a snare they’d placed the day before.

“Happy days,” said one of the men as he hoisted up the animal and grinned for the camera. The wolf was bloody and stiff with rigor mortis, but the fur looked soft.

“Heh, heh, heh,” his friend chortled.

The trappers called the wolf’s death a “suicide.” They had strategically placed the snare on a log stretched over a hole so the wolf would fall after getting caught in the noose.

Death by hanging.

“Once an animal gets its head/body into the wire loop, with every movement the animal makes, the noose tightens around the animal’s neck/body,” said Elizabeth Huntley, a wolf advocate who serves as a spokeswoman for Wisconsin Wolf Front. “You can imagine where this leads to. This is a horrible and agonizing way for an animal to die, and it usually does not happen quickly.”

In Wisconsin, the state-prescribed method of killing a trapped wolf is by firearm — aimed at the head, with a bullet to the brain, or the chest, with a bullet to penetrate the heart or lungs.

Wisconsinites hunted, trapped and killed 257 wolves during the 2013 season that went from Oct. 15 to Dec. 23, and at least 117 during the 2012 season, when the state lost an additional 76 wolves in depredation control, 24 in vehicle collisions, 21 in illegal kills and five from unknown causes.

Some would say that Wisconsin in 2012 legalized the sport of hunting wolves; others say the state sanctioned slaughter.

Dark political money imperils Earth’s future

Political contributions designed to weaken environmental regulations can be difficult to track. They’re moved through a network of right-wing campaigns, foundations, think tanks and political groups.

Americans for Prosperity is  one of many such groups.

The State Policy Network is another, a web of 60-plus think tanks — or “stink tanks,” as they were called in a recent exposé by the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is yet another group. The organization of lawmakers, corporations and interest groups drafts and promotes “model” legislation on a range of issues. ALEC’s best-known laws are the anti-union, anti-voter and anti-immigration laws that were approved by legislatures around the country with the votes of lawmakers who receive huge donations from ALEC members. ALEC’s “stand your ground” model bill, a bonanza for the manufacturers of firearms and ammunition, is also well known.

But in 2014, ALEC is betting its seemingly unlimited supply of cash on a slew of measures aimed at weakening environmental protections, cutting renewable energy, increasing reliance on coal and dismantling energy efficiency standards.

Shot and left for dead, Sadie is now a champion for animal welfare

A DOG’S LIFE: Sadie relaxes on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale during a recent trip to flim an episode of Lifetime TV’s 'The Balancing Act' -Photo: Courtesy

Before Hank, there was Sadie. 

Michael Pink’s original ballet ‘Mirror, Mirror’ probes the underlying themes of Snow White

A wicked stepmother, a poisoned apple, a demon-filled magic mirror and haute couture. What more could you ask for in the balletic retelling of a classic folk tale?

Public radio host Ira Glass puts on his dancing shoes for Riverside Theater appearance

Ira Glass with dancers Monia Bill Barnes and Anna Bass during a recent show. –Photo: Courtesy

Public radio personality Ira Glass said he never thought a stage show combining radio and modern dance would work. Despite success to the contrary, he still questions the concept.

Michelle Visage does drag, Yiddish and motherhood

Michelle Visage

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know Michelle Visage as the mama hen at the judges’ table. She dispenses wisdom like a buxom, dolled-up Pez dispenser — and you’d better listen, because this woman knows what she’s talking about. Her career began as one-third of the 1980s girl group Seduction (“Two to Make It Right”), which became her entré into world of drag balls and club culture. A dear friend of RuPaul, Visage took her rightful place at the Drag Race judge’s table during the program’s third season.

Out on the town

Prometheus Trio

7:30 p.m. on Mon., April 28, and on Tues., April 29

‘Dead Man Walking’

8 p.m. on April 25 and 2:30 p.m. on April 27

Brew City Safari

3:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 27

Earth Poets and Musicians

8 p.m. Fri., April 25 and Sat., April 26

The Mowgli’s

9:30 p.m., Fri., April 25

’80: Eight Decades of Song’

7:30 p.m. on Fri., April 25, and Sat., April 26

‘Plugged In’

‘Plugged In’ 

‘Richard III’

April 18 to May 3

MIAD Senior Exhibitions

April 18 to May 10

'David’s Redhaired Death'

7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Apri...


April 17 to 26

Ten Chimneys Tours

Tuesdays through Sundays, April 15 to Nov. 30

‘Lend Me A Tenor’

April 10 – 27

‘Skin Tight’

April 4 – 27

Local composer creates original work for Skylight

Daron Hagen

Three theatrical friends past their prime reunite to audition for the revival of I Hear America Singing, a Broadway musical that blends traditional ballads with new melodies featuring lyrics from the poetry of William Blake, A.E. Houseman, Gertrude Stein and others. The friends share stories, relive memories and experience epiphanies that composer Daron Hagen, a New Berlin native, describes as “a revolution of the heart.”

Forget sweet — try these savory sippers

Savory cocktails embrace an entirely different flavor palette. In a collision of Foodie Nation and cocktail culture, mixologists are experimenting with a wider range of ingredients. The results of those efforts have generated a new generation of savvy savory sippers.

Growing the green movement: Earth Day activities, actions, associations


Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was the founder of Earth Day.

UPDATED: Earth Day, the eco-holiday celebrated around the world on April 22, was pioneered by a U.S. senator from Wisconsin — Democrat Gaylord Nelson.

MAM’s ‘Uncommon Folk’ showcases vast holding of folk art and works by self-taught artists

Young Girl With A Cat, oil on canvas by Drossos P. Skyllas (ca. 1955). –Photo: MAM

You don’t have to wander far into the Milwaukee Art Museum to realize it’s not merely a world-class architectural gem, but it also houses a spectacular trove of art of all genres.

TJ  Hoban is a straight man playing gay in a new Here TV series about a straight man playing gay

TJ Hoban

Almost everything about the new gay sitcom From Here On Out is designed to make you laugh. From the clever title (Here TV + Out Magazine are owned by the same conglomerate = From Here On Out, get it?) to the kooky sexual situations in which the characters find themselves. When you’re not laughing, you can gaze dreamily at eight-packed straight (but not narrow), lead actor TJ Hoban. A flawless fitness model, Hoban’s graced the covers of countless muscle mags as well as the International Male and Undergear catalogs.

'Skin Tight’ shows love’s profundity

What is love? You really want to know? Go see Gary Henderson’s Skin Tight at Renaissance Theaterworks.