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Many of you dismiss the "Defund the Police" movement as merely rhetorical excess, designed to get everyone's undies twisted in knots. And you'd be correct. It's really hyperbole meant to focus everyone's attention to the need to reform law enforcement in this country, and to weed out racist,…

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My siblings in California called me a few weeks ago and told me that they have to put our dad in hospice as his health is ailing. It is a long story to explain how I have two families — one my birth family with my father and mother, and the other my adopted American family with my mom and dad.

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Even as state sales tax collections overall slipped 10% for May amid the COVID-19 crisis, internet sales have shot upward as consumers flocked online. But instead of being a bright spot for a struggling state budget, Wisconsin law requires this e-commerce bonus be used to reduce state income…

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If the owners of Aunt Jemima syrup can phase out a brand that's been around since 1889 because it's racist, certainly the Washington NFL team can get rid of the racist R-word that has only been around since 1933.

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Journalists sometimes land in harm’s way when doing their jobs. But in more than 30 years of covering news there was only one time for a brief moment I thought I was going to be killed.

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Public Health — Madison & Dane County Animal Services is seeking information regarding a dog that bit a man on July 3 in Deerfield. This incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the BP gas station, 109 N. Main St. in Deerfield.

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I just read something on Facebook that cracked me up. Oh, and I so needed some laughs, too, after being trapped in our house for months.

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If the owners of Aunt Jemima syrup can phase out a brand that's been around since 1889 because it's racist, certainly the Washington NFL team can get rid of the racist R-word that has only been around since 1933.

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Summer is finally here, but continued hijinks by Mother Nature make it anything but normal. And this recently completed spring will be an outlier for phenologists — those who study the cyclical ecological events and their natural timing.

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As school districts across Wisconsin enter budget season amid extraordinary financial uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Milwaukee officials offered a $1.2 billion “placeholder” 2021 budget that defers many key questions to be resolved later in the budget process.

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He might be correct: Donald Trump has influenced the lives of African Americans as much as any president, with the possible exception of ... Jefferson Davis. No wonder he sides so consistently with those who want to maintain statues of Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, presiden…

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had big news last week -- the city is opening up its iconic Lakefront Trail after months of being closed off as part of a COVID-19 lockdown.

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A while back, I wrote about “Heart Sutra,” a true story of a Buddhist monk who traveled to the west (India) during the Tang Dynasty, 618-926 A.D. After traveling three years on foot through uninhabited mountains and deserts, he finally reached India and obtained the noble sutras.

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Back during the pandemic (remember that?), nearly every corporate advertiser rushed out TV commercials stating, "We're all in this together."

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The grass was heavy with dew and a foggy mist shrouded the creek bottoms as I arose early to begin the task of removing unused fence. I removed wire clips, rolled up barbed wire and pulled up the steel fence posts. My boots and pants were soon fully soaked.

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Despite safer-at-home orders in place through May 26, many Wisconsinites already had become more mobile than in the opening weeks of the pandemic, according to data from Cuebiq, a private company that uses GPS features on mobile devices to track movement anonymously.

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In March, as Wisconsin enacted Safer at Home, state and local governments scrambled to build new ways to govern from remote locations while still complying with our open meeting laws. Even in the age of COVID-19, we still have the right to watch public bodies in action.

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I can still hear the music coming.

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Outside a much-needed spring rain soaks the ground. Crabapple trees are blooming, two turkeys are walking along the creek and the recently returned hummingbirds are greedily ingesting sugar water.

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"No justice, no peace." Surely we have all heard that chant for decades at various protests ... well, all but the most cloistered in their white privilege. One can debate about the justification for violence in the wake of still another police murder of an African American man, this time Geo…

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I am a penny-pincher, always have been and always will be. An old habit that is too late to change at my age.

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Admit it: You don't know whether to believe him or not. Is President Donald Trump lying about taking hydroxychloroquine? He usually does make things up, but one thing is absolutely true about the Trumpster: He always manages somehow to focus all of the attention on himself.

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“The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.” — Margaret Millar

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spurs Wisconsin schools to undertake an unprecedented exercise in virtual and distance learning, it also threatens to exacerbate the “digital divide” between students who have fast, reliable at-home internet access and those who do not. Data shows these children are …

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos pulled suburban Milwaukee GOP Rep. Jim Ott from a joint legislative committee less than 40 minutes after outgoing northern Rep. Romaine Quinn formally asked for an appointment to the committee, according to records obtained by WisPolitics.com.

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It is a tradition for Chinese families that during Chinese New Year the family would get together and feast. Almost like Thanksgiving here in the States, but the feast would last for days.

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A month from now, it will be interesting to see how many of the customers who crowded into Wisconsin bars without masks the moment their local government leaders lifted the taverns' restrictions have caught the coronavirus ... and how many have died. It's morbid, but so is the trade-off that…

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When I was attending college, I was just amazed how many holidays there were. In a sense, it was great, as we didn’t have any classes; a day to loaf around not doing anything. Then the world turned when I started working in a restaurant.

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New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus.