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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Where to dine in Janesville with guests?
We're expecting friends from out of town coming to Janesville this weekend. Where would you go to dine?
Greg Peck: What stores does Janesville need most?
Residents are speculating about what stores might fill the former JCPenney's spot in the mall and the Kmart building in Janesville. What stores would you like to see?
Greg Peck: Little Free Library greets Gazette customers
Visitors to The Gazette offices downtown are being greeted by a newcomer—our own Little Free Library. Here's what it's all about.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
Word Badger: Cop talk, 10-4
The world of law enforcement is full of jargon.
Word Badger: Good words from the Guard
The National Guard recently posted some interesting advice for soldiers.
Word Badger: School defines ways of behaving badly
A local school on Wednesday posted on Twitter definitions of rude behavior, mean behavior and bullying.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: Jaguars win puts Raiders on notice
Xtra Points: Jaguars win puts Raiders on notice
At 0-6, the Oakland Raiders are the last NFL team to win a game this season.
Xtra Points: To kick or not to kick?
Xtra Points: To kick or not to kick?
The tweeting public seemed upset by Mike McCarthy's decision to kick a field goal late in the fourth quarter Sunday, but the three points turned out to be the winning margin.
Xtra Points: Bridgewater era off and running
Xtra Points: Bridgewater era off and running
Teddy Bridgewater led the charge for the Minnesota Vikings in their 41-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Haunts, a cemetery and a rare orchid
Best of The Gazette: Haunts, a cemetery and a rare orchid
Horrifying haunted houses, a city-owned cemetery's fate and a local group's conservation efforts are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: FoodShare, fall and violin practice
Best of The Gazette: FoodShare, fall and violin practice
A look at FoodShare, leaf-peeping advice and an unconventional argument against Common Core are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Mars, sex offenders and barrel whiskey
Best of The Gazette: Mars, sex offenders and barrel whiskey
A local manufacturer, sex offender residency limits and a new downtown bar are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

PopCon: The Popular Conversation

Entertainment talk with Gazette staffers Andrew Beaumont, Andrew Reuter, Dave von Falkenstein and Shawn Sensiba
PopCon: When it comes to U2, haters gonna hate
PopCon: When it comes to U2, haters gonna hate
Upon the release of U2's new album through Apple's iTunes program, the backlash has been severe, though quite unnecessary.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Two holidays ripe for change
John W. Eyster: Two holidays ripe for change
Leif Erikson Day and Columbus Day are both on their way, and both could use some modification, community blogger John W. Eyster writes.
John W. Eyster: Father's fight against heroin hits home
John W. Eyster: Father's fight against heroin hits home
A heroin epidemic has been sweeping the nation, and small Wisconsin towns are no exception, community blogger John W. Eyster writes.
John W. Eyster: The shocking murder of reporter James Foley
John W. Eyster: The shocking murder of reporter James Foley
Community blogger John W. Eyster considers the loss of war reporter and Marquette University alumnus James Foley, who was murdered by members of an Islamic State extremist group.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: Senior Center comment ruffles feathers
Steve Knox: Senior Center comment ruffles feathers
Community blogger Steve Knox unintentionally irritated some readers recently with his suggestion that the Janesville Senior Center needs a better name. What do you think?
Steve Knox: Council faces tough quality of life decisions
Steve Knox: Council faces tough quality of life decisions
Steve thinks it's time for quality of life activities in Janesville to go front-and-center.
Steve Knox: 4 great sports hall of fame candidates
Steve Knox: 4 great sports hall of fame candidates
The Janesville Hall of Fame honors many worthy athletes. But there are several important names missing, blogger Steve Knox writes. Here are four great choices for the future.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: Holding hands with the Rock River
Glen Loyd Videos: Holding hands with the Rock River
Video blogger Glen Loyd offers viewers an autumn poem alongside his ode to the Rock River this week.
Glen Loyd Videos: A thank you to Mother Nature for fall colors
Glen Loyd Videos: A thank you to Mother Nature for fall colors
Video blogger Glen Loyd offers viewers a look at the changing colors of nature. Along the way, a puffball demonstrates its namesake.
Glen Loyd: Irish Fest war song stirs emotion
Glen Loyd: Irish Fest war song stirs emotion
Video blogger Glen Loyd offers viewers a look at last weekend's Irish Fest in downtown Janesville. Along the way, one band's song resonates with the blogger.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Screeching words for Common Core
James Martin: Screeching words for Common Core
Community blogger James Martin has long considered writing about Common Core education standards, but he stayed mute—until now.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: Eight stories of gardening kindness
Janice Peterson: Eight stories of gardening kindness
Gardeners can be a kind bunch, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. For evidence, just read these eight tales of gardening grace.
Janice Peterson: Five eco-friendly ways to get rid of those leaves
Janice Peterson: Five eco-friendly ways to get rid of those leaves
Fall is here and with it comes an abundance of leaves. Here are five useful things to do with them from garden blogger Janice Peterson.
Janice Peterson: The good, the bad and the bumblebees
Janice Peterson: The good, the bad and the bumblebees
Healthy tomatoes, diseased impatiens and an abundance of bumblebees are among the highlights of Janice Peterson's garden this summer. How did your efforts do?

Ask a Poultry Farmer

Advice from a man with sixty years of experience with chickens, turkeys and waterfowl. With community blogger Dale Wheelock.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Don't let winter cut off your egg supply
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Don't let winter cut off your egg supply
Winter is coming, and with it, the potential for lower egg production. Luckily, it's easy and cheap to fix by adding lights to your coop, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: From broody hen to useful bird
Ask a Poultry Farmer: From broody hen to useful bird
Is your hen acting strangely? Making funny noises? Pecking at your hand? You probably have a broody hen, blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here's how to turn that into an advantage.