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Best of The Gazette, Nov. 12: Veterans, nerds and a mysterious genius

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Andrew Reuter
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a summary of some of The Gazette's best content from the last seven days:


Law offers few options for victims of 'revenge porn'

It's a felony to take a nude photo of someone without his or her consent in Wisconsin. Revenge porn doesn't fall under that law, though, because victims consented to images being taken in the first place. So when a Janesville woman's boyfriend posted nude photos of her on Facebook, police said they were powerless to intervene.

Janesville man's memorial honors veterans year round

In front of his home on Highway 14 east of Janesville, John Hacklander has created a tribute to the deceased veterans in his family and to all veterans in general. The memorial is simple, though the reasons behind it are not.


Milton's Hammon becomes key contributor for Badgers

Nate Hammon's belief that he would eventually contribute to Wisconsin's success on the football field never wavered. It's just that the redshirt freshman from Milton High School didn't have a clue he would play so much so soon. And he certainly didn't envision himself contributing at safety. “I thought I would be a special-teams guy, if that,” Hammon said. Yet he has found a home at safety in the sub packages of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Scent sense: Decoys, blinds complement doe-scent products

Scent control and movement are the two major impediments to gracing that spot over the fireplace with antlers. If bucks see you or smell you before ghosting into arrow range, the deer story is over before it begins, sports columnist Ted Peck writes. These tips can help you stay stealthy.


Our Views: Monday and daily, honor veterans by celebrating freedom

A decade after we first sent U.S. soldiers into Iraq, then Afghanistan and elsewhere, the “weariness of war” has left many Americans numb. Amid troop drawdowns, those still serving overseas aren't always on our minds. But many U.S. soldiers—probably more in more countries than we imagine—are still deployed and dying regularly, if not daily, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Editor's Views: Gazette trains journalists and wishes them well

The Gazette gets its share of talented young people, and the newspaper welcomes their skills and perspectives. Keeping them in the fold, however, is a challenge, Editor Scott Angus writes. That fact is highlighted by The Gazette's upcoming loss of crime and courts reporter Nico Savidge, who is heading for pastures with higher circulation.


'Badger,' 81, was a mysterious genius with a great heart, friends say

For those who took the time to understand him, being with Clarence "Badger" Richey was a blessing and a luxury. Richey, who died in October, was a fixture in the Delavan area. Those who knew him personally counted themselves lucky. The rest of Delavan knew him as the old man with the fantastic beard who walked everywhere and seemed to know everyone.

'The Nerd' comes to Janesville Performing Arts Center

Nerds might be popular now, but they weren't in the '70s and '80s, when a socially inept friend could drive a guy insane. Consider that an intro to “The Nerd,” a 1981 comedy being staged by Janesville Little Theatre on Nov. 15-17 and 22-24. “It's the funniest play I've ever directed,” said Elsie Van Tassell, who is directing the show for JLT for the second time. “The situations in it are just hilarious.


Janice Peterson: Tree disease alarming but not serious

Not all fall colors are pretty ones, as tar spot disease of maple demonstrates. Fortunately, the fungus is mostly a cosmetic one, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes.

Greg Peck: Easing back on that back pain

With all of the yard work fall brings, Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck's back has been sore lately. But after spending more than $1,000 out of pocket running to local chiropractors last fall, he recently marked a personal milestone in his battle with back problems.


VIDEO: Local veterinarian uses acupuncture to treat pet health issues

Dr. Terri Osgood, a certified veterinary acupuncturist, began performing acupuncture in 2007. Today she performs acupuncture as many as four times a week on dogs and cats. She says the pets don't mind. In fact, no sedation is required.

Blackhawk Tech offers local firefighters advanced skill training

Firefighters don't usually have to jump headlong out of a second floor window of a burning house and slide down a ladder. But it helps if they know how. That's part of the reason why Blackhawk Technical College started its first advanced fire training course this fall. The college enlisted retired firefighters to teach the course, which involved search and rescue, firefighter safety and survival training.

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