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Beth Skogen

When Juan Carlos Díaz Vélez interviewed for a job at the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center at UW-Madison, something other than his scientific chops got the attention of at least one person on the interview panel. more

Feb 5, 2015 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Sharon Vanorny

Yang Sao Xiong remembers the bizarre hissing sounds the most. He was 7 years old, a refugee with his family from Laos, when he arrived in California in 1987. "When we first got off the plane, all I could tell was that people were making all these 's' more

Dec 18, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

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LaRae Lobdell

It was supposed to be for "shits and giggles," mocking the mores of the time. A sex advice column written by a gay man who treated straight sex with the same revulsion straight people had for gay sex. more

Dec 4, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

"Supporting local business" is something of a buzzword these days, but it's not empty rhetoric. Locally owned businesses contribute to the vitality and quality of life in greater Madison and Dane County in ways that the average consumer may not immed more

Nov 13, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

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David Nevala

It's 8 p.m. on South Park Street, just off the Beltline, and the November night is dark and cold. But from the inside of the slick new Center for Economic Development and Workforce Training, home to the Urban League of Greater Madison, it looks and f more

Dec 23, 2010 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Sharon Vanorny

You think cleaning your garage or policing your backyard for dog poop is a dirty job? If so, you really need to read this article. Modern life is full of truly dirty jobs, and "Isthmus" set out to find some of the nastiest ones and the people who tac more

Sep 2, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Nathan J. Comp

In late July, just ahead of a four-day festival in Dane County, Corina Wenzel rallied her crew of 16 carnies. After setting up the bunkhouses, affixing the water hoses and connecting to the electric grid, the crew was moments away from being cut loos more

Aug 19, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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Sharon Vanorny

"What the hell are you doing with a little boy!?" A friend asked me that a couple months ago, when I mentioned I'd spent the day with a child. She was joking, at least insofar as her horrified tone was concerned -- but she was genuinely curious, too. more

Jun 17, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories