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Lauren Justice

UW-Madison created the country’s first art glass lab in 1961. Inside where the furnace burns a fiery 2,250-degrees Fahrenheit, “assume any metal surface could be hot.” more

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Beth Skogen

After serving time for two vehicular homicides, Sharif Harmon has found a path to redemption — in his home kitchen, making treats for dogs and humans. more

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At the Rock Steady Boxing class in Fitchburg, people with Parkinson’s-like illnesses are treated as athletes, not patients. more

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Beth Skogen

Catherine Capellaro is living the dream: hanging out in a roomful of puppies at Puppy Yoga at the Puppy Den. more

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Carolyn Fath

Once a month for three hours, six students who pay $169 get hands-on instruction in how that whole hog becomes their breakfast, lunch or dinner. more

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Brett Stepanik

Skateboarding is relatively new in China. But these Chinese international students at UW-Madison are learning to shred in their new hometown. more

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Victoria Davis

Most people think of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve as a park, but it’s actually a world-class research facility. UW-Madison students have been studying how humans (and their dogs) and wildlife interact here. more

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Mary Langenfeld

Femme Skate Night expanded to Mondays and Wednesdays at the Madison skatepark at McPike Park this year. The organizers say they are sick of skateboarding being defined by bros. more

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Judith Davidoff

Why haul beer on foot to that tailgate when you can pack it into a custom-made “Kooler Kart” and enjoy the ride? That was the thought bubble of engineer Adam Jablonski. more

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How do you tag a butterfly without killing it? “They are tougher than you think,” says Mark Martin, a volunteer with the Madison Audubon Society. more

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Chris Lotten

Madison’s new concert venue, The Sylvee, is finally open. Aaron Conklin wanders the crowd to see what the fuss is all about. more

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Mary Langenfeld

Thanks to volunteers and a electric/pedal bike called a “trishaw,” seniors can still enjoy the thrill of a spin around the neighborhood. more

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Matthew Norman

Believed to be the most archaeologically rich campus in the nation, UW-Madison is built atop ancient Native American villages and burial sites that date back 12,000 years. A cultural landscape tour brings this history alive for new generations. more

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Dylan Brogan

City officials and downtown businesses have been lamenting about criminal behavior at the top of State Street for years. Staff writer Dylan Brogan hung out on the prominent corner Saturday night to see what all the fuss was about. more

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Without any native predators, invasive plants often explode, choking out local ecosystems. That’s why volunteers are scouring Black Earth Creek, a popular trout fishing site, for the pesky plants. more

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Breanne Cyr

Five rhesus macaques — who spent years being experimented on — have now found sanctuary at Primates Inc., a new retirement facility in Marquette County. Here, they get to do what they want. more

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Benjamin Zastrow

The backside of the East Side Shopping Center undergoes a dramatic transformation, from somewhat sketchy to bright and welcoming. The opening ceremony of “Mural Alley” is a vibrant celebration of one of Madison’s underserved communities. more

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Eric Tadsen

According to some, we’re living in the golden age of drag. Pop culture phenomenons like RuPaul’s Drag Race have made the art form more popular — and more visible — than ever. You already know the queens. It’s time to meet the kings. more

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Amy Stocklein

Barbie Strong suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. But her family and friends have ensured that 79-year-old woman’s twilight years are filled with love and activity — including brunch every Saturday at Mickey’s Tavern. more

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Thomas DeVillers

Wisconsin isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when people talk about wine country. But local vinters have been working hard to change that perception. more

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