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Best of The Gazette, Nov. 19: Shrek, sheep and ‘shop class'

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Andrew Reuter
November 19, 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 look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:

NEWS

Benefits down, spending up: Unraveling FoodShare's impact

This month, people receiving FoodShare—commonly called food stamps—will see their benefits drop. But in the last 10 years, FoodShare spending actually has skyrocketed more than 400 percent in Rock County.

Clinton Middle School mystery: Award-winning aquaponics lab faces pH challenges

Clinton Middle School students are working to solve a problem that has stumped their teachers: Why does the water in their award-winning aquaponics lab seem unable to find the correct balance to support life?

SPORTS

John Barry: Hand it to these fall sports athletes, teams

The high school fall sports season wrapped up last week with football crowning champions in seven divisions. Though none of those champs come from this area, there were several individual and team highlights that stood out. Sports columnist John Barry recently named his top performers of the fall prep sports season.

Deer disease rising as DNR dials back deer herd management

Experts are saying chronic wasting disease in deer is on the rise in Wisconsin. How are state wildlife officials and hunters viewing the disease compared to when it was first found in Wisconsin in 2002? Reporter Neil Johnson investigated.

OPINION

Our Views: Turning out lights on a troubled downtown tavern

A liquor license comes with responsibilities and expectations. Quotes and owner Denise Carpenter failed to meet these, and miserably so, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. The final blow comes in the form of a security camera video that shows a grisly encounter.

State Views: Poll finds Wisconsinites strongly pro-life

Wisconsin Right to Life recently announced the results of a statewide poll, which found that Wisconsin residents remain strongly pro-life. This poll represents a substantial starting point toward countering the “War on Women” theme perpetuated by proponents of abortion, writes Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara L. Lyons.

FEATURES

Parker High School presents 'Shrek the Musical'

After four animated movies, you'd think most of us would know Shrek. But it's quite possible we don't know him all that well. Parker High School students will dive deeper into the character and his friends this week in "Shrek the Musical."

Go-to Chinese: Moy's Restaurant in Elkhorn still satisfies

If you're going to gather a big group of hungry musician/physicians and their spouses, what's better than eating Chinese food? Nothing, especially if that food is from Moy's Restaurant in Elkhorn, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes.

BLOGS

Glen Loyd Video: Gorging sheep turn wary

Video blogger Glen Loyd tries to document sheep enjoying pumpkins—and gets some sheepish looks in the process.

John W. Eyster: Do you know what 11-11-11-18 means?

11-11-11-18—Do you know what these numbers mean? Community blogger John W. Eyster recently posed the question to his college students. Most did not respond. Hint: Veterans Day is not the answer.

MULTIMEDIA

PHOTOS: Don't call it 'shop class': Tech ed faces future

Students and teachers in today's tech-ed classrooms live in a different world than their parents and grandparents did in the old "shop" classes. Look no further than Janesville Craig High School, where even in the auto shop, computers are taking over.

Stand-alone photos for Nov. 2013

Newspaper workers use the term "stand-alone photos" to describe photographs that are displayed on their own and aren't necessarily associated with any stories. These photos document candid slices of life from the community that might otherwise go unrecorded. The Gazette's stand-alone photos from last week includes a visit from Gov. Scott Walker and an unconventional kind of bicycle racing.



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