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James Heimer

Many efforts over the years to repeal Wisconsin’s strict abortion ban failed — even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law unenforceable in Roe v. Wade. With Trump’s latest nomination to the Court, the old law still is scaring a lot of people. more

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James Heimer

Just as Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is stirring up fears about the future of Roe v. Wade, so did a Supreme Court review of a Missouri law that, in 1989, prompted this piece in Isthmus. more

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The first Art Fair on the Square was held in 1959. There was no food, no entertainment, no tents. Just art. more

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David Michael Miller

The Art Fair on the Square, now in its 60th year, is a thriving arts economy, benefiting a local art museum, boosting careers of working artists and infusing cash into local businesses. more

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Eric Tadsen

Truax Field has been in Madison since World War II, but many local residents don’t know what goes on there or what Guard members do there. Jay Rath took a tour. more

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Eric Tadsen

Truax Field brings an estimated $100 million a year in economic benefits to Madison. While officials and boosters fret about what would happen if Madison lost the base, others say the benefits aren’t worth it. more

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Residents near the airport have long complained about thunderous noise from the F-16 fighter jets. With Truax Field in line for the more advanced F-35s, will the area become unlivable? more

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Wisconsin Historical Society

It was originally a marsh. Later, it was a city unto itself, with two movie theaters, a clinic, hospital, dentists, recreation rooms, a library, 20 warehouses, an obstacle course, firing range, and chapels “at convenient points on the field.” more

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UW Archives

The Ku Klux Klan had a presence at UW-Madison in the 1920s, and the university is in the midst of reckoning with its racist history — both the lingering climate of intolerance and the physical spaces named for KKK members. more

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James Gill

Exact Sciences had some rough times, but its stock rebounded and is now at record highs. CEO Kevin Conroy believes the company, which is expanding its footprint in Madison, could be a game changer for the city. more

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Tommy Washbush

With workshops in graphic medicine and courses in comics, UW-Madison is becoming a hotbed for an art form that is growing in popularity. Jay Rath looks at the long history of cartooning in the city and state, and promising developments on campus. more

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Paulius Musteikis

Robyn Wiseman of the Madison Radicals leads the charge for equity in ultimate. Her level of involvement and leadership is crucial for the sport right now. more

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Laura Zastrow

Emmanuel Urey wants to one day be president of Liberia, helping to secure land rights for indigenous people and connect the county to its past. UW-Madison has played an integral role in his quest. more

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Photo courtesy of Ben Sidran

The Madison Reunion — a countercultural Chautauqua that includes former UW-Madison teachers and students — begins June 14. Isthmus talks to Ben and Judy Sidran, the couple that helped pull it all together. more

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David Michael Miller

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says after 50 years in politics, his next act will be to take down Gov. Scott Walker. Is his quiet campaign crazy enough to work? more

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Jesse Brookstein

A behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of getting the doors open and the beer flowing at Working Draft Beer Company. Co-owner Ryan Browne tells his tale. more

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James Heimer

For decades, Dane County has been a model for services for the elderly and those with disabilities. Now the state is forcing the county to join Family Care. Many who have relied on the old system feel betrayed — and worry about what’s to come. 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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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

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

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Judith Davidoff

Chuck Henrikson is an avid birder. He’s also a citizen scientist, reporting 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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