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Madison’s videogame development scene continues to flourish, with heavy hitters and studios popping up all over the place. Here’s Aaron R. Conklin’s guide to the players, from A to Z. more

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Carolyn Fath

Just about everyone seems to agree that Lake Mendota needs to be lowered in order to prevent Madison’s flooding risk. Everyone, that is, except lake experts who say it won’t solve our problems. Fortunately, there are other solutions. more

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This week, when we are giving thanks to all that we're grateful for, we give a big shoutout to our loyal, four-legged friends who give and give and give. more

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As part of our dog issue — on newsstands now — we hounded staff writer Dylan Brogan for a few Wisconsin-themed dog jokes. He Whippet-up some good pooch puns, too. Fur real. more

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Masarah Van Eyck

It’s never too late to train your old pup. The key is to build on already learned skills. more

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Making homemade dog treats is fun, every so often. These feature wholesome ingredients for your canine companion — who will (let’s face it) eat moldy sweet potatoes out of the compost bin. more

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Who knew pet registration forms could be so interesting? Take a deep dive into Madison’s dog demographic data. more

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Jason Nolen

You already know Cats of Madison, the beloved Instagram account that documents the city’s fine feline residents. But did you know there’s a dog version? more

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Catherine Capellaro talks to Aaron Backer, executive director of Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs and his “demo dog,” Ian, about the importance of service dogs and the distinction between service and emotional support animals. more

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David Michael Miller

Compared to other cities, Madison is an outlier when it comes to banning dogs from parks. But the city’s parks system is becoming more dog-friendly — albeit slowly. more

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Our people work at Isthmus. Some of us have fancy names, and others are in Madison’s “mutt majority.” But one thing’s for sure: We are good dogs! more

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Although UW-Madison spends more than $1 billion on research a year, many complain that bureaucracy is hampering research. However, the med school is striving to stay true to The Wisconsin Idea, by bringing its research to the people. more

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Koko Lee

In secret online forums, women are finding solidarity and protecting themselves by naming the men who have sexually assaulted and harassed them. more

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David Michael Miller

UW-Madison pioneered partnerships with American industry, collecting billions in research funds and helping to bring groundbreaking technology to market. But is the campus bureaucracy now holding the school back? more

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Eliot Wyatt

Education is a key issue in the Wisconsin governor’s race. Gov. Scott Walker says Supt. Tony Evers will put “union bosses” back in charge and raise taxes. Evers says schools have suffered under Walker and voters are ready for change. more

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Sharon Vanorny

Democrats agree that their quest to flip the state Senate hinges on whether Kriss Marion, an organic farmer, can topple the Republican incumbent in Senate District 17, a seat once held by Republican maverick Dale Schultz. more

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The improbable winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing was Art Cullen, editor of “The Storm Lake Times in Iowa. Jane Burns talks to Cullen about the future of independent journalism and the changing face of rural America. more

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When it comes to the arts, Madison keeps upping the ante. Our arts writers help you narrow it down with their picks for the most promising events in theater, comedy, dance, visual art and classical music. more

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Wisconsin’s voter ID law is a proven way to suppress turnout at the polls, especially among people of color and the poor. But dedicated volunteers are fighting back by registering people and making sure they have valid IDs. more

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Isthmus' music writers weigh in on the season's most promising concerts, at venues large and small. more

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