Bah … Congress finishes up, members still grumbling

The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm S...

Apple CEO donating to $8.5 million LGBT equality campaign in the South

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money...

Final goodbye: Some of those who died in 2014

They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when h...

UW-Madison scientists win 'The Amazing Race'

A team of “Sweet Scientists” from the UWisconsin-Madison has become the latest winner of The Amazing...

Anti-gay pastor charged with grabbing young man's genitals at Indiana lake

A fundamentalist, anti-gay preacher in southern Indiana was arrested after a 27-year-old man told po...

Prescription stimulant abuse on rise among young adults

Young adults often misuse and abuse prescription stimulants as a way to manage the daily demands of ...

No stay, gay couples to marry in Florida in January

The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 19 denied the state of Florida’s motion for a stay of an August feder...

U.S. judge overturns decision removing Great Lakes wolves from endangered list

A U.S. District judge on Dec. 19 overturned the Obama administration decision to remove the gray wol...

Environmental groups disappointed with EPA rule on coal ash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 19 issued long-delayed federal regulations for coal...

U.S. diplomat in Istanbul will wed Turkish boyfriend in Appleton over holidays

Charles F. Hunter, the U.S. Consul General in Istanbul, will marry his Turkish boyfriend during a tr...

White nationalist to appear with GOP leaders at tea party convention

The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights this week expressed concern that a South Ca...

Congressman seeks federal review of Wisconsin school voucher program

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, wants the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review Wisconsin...

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    Monday, 22 December 2014 09:37
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  • Final goodbye: Some of those who died in 2014

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  • UW-Madison scientists win 'The Amazing Race'

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  • Anti-gay pastor charged with grabbing young man's genitals at Indiana lake

    Sunday, 21 December 2014 08:10
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  • Prescription stimulant abuse on rise among young adults

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  • No stay, gay couples to marry in Florida in January

    Friday, 19 December 2014 18:49
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  • U.S. judge overturns decision removing Great Lakes wolves from endangered list

    Friday, 19 December 2014 15:39
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  • Environmental groups disappointed with EPA rule on coal ash

    Friday, 19 December 2014 15:15
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  • U.S. diplomat in Istanbul will wed Turkish boyfriend in Appleton over holidays

    Friday, 19 December 2014 14:42
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  • White nationalist to appear with GOP leaders at tea party convention

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  • Congressman seeks federal review of Wisconsin school voucher program

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Flashback 2014: The year the world learned it’s lethal to be black in America

Eric Upchurch of Madison’s Young Gifted and Black Coalition marches with his hands raised. — Photo: AP/John Hart

“Hands up, don’t shoot,” “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter” will go down in history books as the defining phrases of 2014. Those words were chanted during rallies, vigils and demonstrations throughout the nation during the year’s final months.

A wave of sometimes-violent protests began after a Nov. 24 grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Then on Dec. 3, a New York grand jury declined to prosecute an officer captured on video applying a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner, a 43-year-old, unarmed black man.

The decisions reignited demonstrations and riots that followed the killings over the summer and fall.

Flashback 2014: Workers strike for living wages

Protesters demand living wages from fast food restaurants.

In the brutally wicked winter of 2014, Wisconsin lawmakers turned a cold shoulder to the plight of the minimum-wage worker.

The state Senate, by a party-line vote, defeated a Democratic push to raise the state’s minimum wage. Meanwhile, Republicans at the Capitol offered up a proposal to “allow” people in manufacturing and retail to work seven days a week.

Flashback 2014: Executive action required for immigration reform

Immigration reform took executive action by the president. — PHOTO: White House

On an icy day last February some 100 people assembled outside the ICE office in Milwaukee to protest racial profiling at courthouses in Milwaukee, Racine, Dane, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Walworth, Winnebago, Washington and Rock counties.

Flashback 2014: Marriage equality momentum builds

The battle over marriage equality was in the headlines at dawn on Jan. 1, 2014, and the first newspapers of the New Year hit the streets. An unexpected ruling from a federal judge had overturned Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Before the U.S. Supreme Court intervened on Jan. 6, some 1,000 gay and lesbian couples had exchanged vows in the heavily Mormon state.

Flashback 2014: Keystone pipeline galvanizes environmental movement

Environmentalists rallied in 2014 to defend the planet.

Hundreds of young people risked arrest protesting the proposed Keystone Pipeline XL in early March and forming the largest youth demonstration at the White House in a generation.

Flash Forward: Fast-tracked ‘right-to-work bill’ presents political conundrum for Walker

Supporters rally for Scott Walker on Election Night 2014. — PHOTO: AP

Gov. Scott Walker won re-election with 52 percent of the vote in a race that drew 55 percent of registered Wisconsin voters to the polls. That means only 28.6 percent of the state’s voters handed him a second term, which is far from the mandate he claims to have received.

Out on the town

‘A Christmas Carol’

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

‘Of Heaven and Earth’

Through Jan. 4

Study links coal ash to contaminated groundwater

Tyson Cook, right, works with staff scientist Paul Mathewson.

The use of coal ash as fill material for roads, parking lots and buildings can be linked to contaminated groundwater in four southeastern Wisconsin counties.

Say ‘cheese’ when holiday entertaining

In Wisconsin, cheese isn’t merely a food — it’s part of the lifestyle. As such, a well-considered cheese platter should be a staple of your holiday entertaining.

WIG's New Year’s Eve Guide

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.

Broadway for the holidays: Critic’s choices

Kinky Boots is on Broadway. — Photo: Sean Williams

The lights of Broadway glow brighter during the holiday season. For proof, look no further than the third week in November: It was the highest-grossing and best-attended Thanksgiving week in Broadway history. Ticket buyers shelled out $34.1 million.

‘Guys on Ice’ is quintessential Wisconsin theater

Steve Koehler, left, Lee Becker and Doug Mancheski in 2011. — Photo: Len Villano

If you’ve ever cheered the Green Bay Packers, sipped a cold one — or a cold six-pack — in subzero temperatures or worn a Styrofoam cheese wedge on your head, then Guys on Ice is the holiday show for you.

Flashback 2014: Top albums of the year

The cover of Songs of Innocence. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Pop Album of the Year