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Judith Davidoff

Chuck Henrikson is an avid birder. He’s also a citizen scientist, recording all of the birds he sees and hears to an international database. It’s one of the many ways citizen science happens at the UW Arboretum. more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

Once a farm, almost a subdivision, the UW Arboretum has never been static. more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

The Arboretum isn’t just a natural treasure in the middle of our city. It’s also the “drain” for some 500 million gallons of the city’s stormwater each year. more

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Thousands of Dane County residents have struggled with addiction from opioids. Dane County has also struggled to cover the costs of dealing with the epidemic. Now the county is joining a national effort to get Big Pharma to help pay for the fallout. more

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Cyndy Patrick

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to study and celebrate our state resources. But the most important qualities may be a sense of curiosity — and wonder. more

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Andrew Beckett

Adults build with LEGO, not play. Although adults use the exact same bricks that children do, the adult creations are investments, long-term constructions, display pieces placed on shelves beyond the reach of a child’s clumsy hands. more

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In the state Supreme Court race, Michael Screnock has branded his opponent, Rebecca Dallet, as “a liberal activist judge” while claiming he is free of partisan, political or ideological intent. This is, in his case, an audacious falsehood. more

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Laura Zastrow

On shoestring budgets and often working solo, DIY pioneer Wendy Schneider has run a video production and recording studio, released two full-length documentaries and retired one rock band and launched another. more

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Officer Stephen Heimsness harassed a female officer a month before he fatally shot Paul Heenan. Madison Police launched an investigation but initially, only Heimsness’ victim was scrutinized. more

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Between 2005 and 2016, $5.14 billion worth of electric transmission line projects were built or approved in Wisconsin. Opponents say the lines are not needed, are too expensive, and there’s a better way. more

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For years, news outlets have been trying to use Facebook to drive readers to their websites. But with fake news hoaxes running rampant, Facebook says it’s now de-emphasizing news stories. Will newspapers survive the breakup? more

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Todd Hubler

The rise of local distilleries is hard to miss, across the east side of Madison — and statewide. While deregulation made it possible, it’s word of mouth that’s making the scene thrive. more

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Clasen's European Bakery

Madison’s chocolate scene is exploding right now. Where should you go for which kinds of chocolates? Our guide breaks it all down into digestible pieces. more

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Adam Matthew Hinterthuer

When the lakes are frozen, Madison is a winter wonderland. But reliable ice and deep snow are becoming the anomaly. We’re losing something magical. more

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James Heimer

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country. In Wisconsin, there is no formal safety net to help the children who are separated from their parents. more

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David Michael Miller

The exploding opioid epidemic is being exacerbated by the growing shortage of attorneys. The crisis is most evident in the courtrooms of rural Wisconsin. One solution: raise the pay for public defenders. more

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James Heimer

Research has shown that students of color do much better when some of their teachers look like them. But only 13 percent of Madison’s teachers are of color, while 57 percent of its students are. What is the district doing to improve the ratio? more

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Paulius Musteikis

You can’t tell from the outside, but the interior of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is a sprawling and breathtaking work of Byzantine iconography. It’s all the work of one artist, David Giffey, who’s been painting it since 1979. more

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Art by David Michael Miller

President Trump manages to suck the oxygen from the room, elbowing aside other news. Stuff happens that nobody notices. But 2017 was a banner year for Cheap Shots, Isthmus’ annual tradition of delivering low blows to worthy recipients. more

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Susan B. Anderson

Famous knitters are famous only among other knitters. Among knitters, Madison’s Susan B. Anderson is a rock star. more

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