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Michael Popke

UW-Madison’s Shawn Francis Peters has published “The Infamous Harry Hayward,” a mesmerizing biography of a 19th-century psychopath who was found guilty of several murders in Minneapolis. more

Books

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Justin Nuoffer

Three players with Wisconsin roots will play for the Mallards this summer. The team opens the 2018 season at home May 29 with a two-game series against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. more

Sports

Today, high school sports are often just one option in a competitive landscape dotted with countless club teams promising a heightened level of play. Do school teams really matter? more

Sports

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Phil Stopher

Madtown Scrumdown is the first major tournament hosted by the Madison Minotaurs. The city’s International Gay Rugby team coudn’t travel to the coast, so they created their own. more

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Dave Cubiak, the Chicago cop turned Door County sheriff, is back to solve another mystery in “Death Rides the Ferry,” Patricia Skalka’s fourth installment of her popular series. more

Books

A new book about the historic Milwaukee Braves from the University of Wisconsin Press focuses on the economics of baseball and why the Braves failed in Milwaukee. more

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Mike Gross

The Madison Radicals’ home opener was postponed on April 14 because of the threat of heavy snow. Now the rescheduled game against the Minnesota Wind Chill on July 3 will be the penultimate game of the regular season more

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Michael Popke

In the middle of a major city are 1,200 acres of natural living history, including effigy mounds, tallgrass prairies, savannas, wetlands and several forest types. One Dane County resident had never visited. more

Snapshot

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Madison Squash Workshop

Squash remains an outlier sport in Madison and much of the Midwest. The Madison Open squash tournament aims to raise the sport’s profile. more

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In a new book that has been adapted for the big screen, volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan tells the true story of the team that goes on to win a state championship while grieving the loss of a teammate. more

SCREENS

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Scott Paulus\Milwaukee Brewers

Can Milwaukee Brewers’ fans get their hopes up? After all, the team took off early last year, too, before crashing. more

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Ridgewood Pool

A keystone of the Meadowood neighborhood and the swimming community needs an upgrade. Ridgewood Pool needs $4.2 million for the renovation. more

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Oregon’s Distant Cuzins releases a delicious new album, “Need a Light?” The musicians play with a youthful abandon while also demonstrating that they are ready for the big time. more

MUSIC

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Edgewood College Athletic Commun

Edgewood College women’s basketball starts its comeback. Coach Chaia Huff is a big part of that. more

Sports

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David Stluka/UW Athletics

Injuries, inexperience end the UW men’s basketball season early. Can UW return to its status as a premier team? more

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Barring a late-season collapse, the Bucks likely will secure a lower-level seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. That would be a noteworthy accomplishment, considering the drama this team has endured. more

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The Swedish band Sabaton find satisfaction by combining adrenaline-powered heavy metal with military history lessons. They invade the Orpheum Feb. 24. more

MUSIC

A new book gives context to the tradition of activist athletes. In We Matter: Athletes and Activism, former NBA player and social justice advocate Etan Thomas covers everything from police brutality to Donald Trump’s presidency. more

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Abigail Carlin

Madison ER doc Tom Miller pens an acclaimed debut novel, “The Philosopher’s Flight.” more

Books

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Tom Blau

Futsal is a variation of soccer, played indoors, on a hard surface. Four teams, two each from the Madison 56ers and Madison Futsal Forge (Midwest regional champions) are heading to Kansas to compete in the largest youth futsal tournament in the U.S. more

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    Michael Popke

    In the middle of a major city, yet surrounded by 1,200 acres of natural living history.