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Best of The Gazette, Feb. 18: Home, birds and a controversial statue

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Andrew Reuter
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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:


A place to call home: Project 16:49 opens Beloit house for homeless teen girls

A few weeks ago, the 18-year-old woman was living in her broken-down car. For two years, the student had been homeless, sometimes bouncing between the houses of acquaintances, all the time trying to keep up with homework. She was the first to settle into a house for seven homeless girls, which Project 16:49 opened in Beloit recently.

'He was the one': Residents share love stories to mark Valentine's Day

Michael Powers was a freshman shooting hoops in the Clinton High School gym when his future wife caught his eye. He couldn't take his eyes off Kristi, a senior, as she walked across the court. But as Cupid pulled on Michael's heartstrings, a stray basketball nearly derailed their relationship before it even started. Powers was one of several readers who responded to a Gazette request for Valentine's Day stories about falling in love.


Heavy lifting: Milton High student climbing weightlifting ranks

Milton's Connor Felstead won his weight division in the 2014 Junior National Weightlifting Championships, yielding him an invitation to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Pan American Games camp in mid-March. He's hoping to parlay his strength into a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. “I don't know about 2016,” the 18-year-old said of his Olympic aspirations. “But in 2020 …”

US paralympians spend weekend training in Janesville

The opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics means the Paralympics are weeks away. In preparation, the Blackhawk Curling Club hosted a training session for members of the United States paralympic curling team recently. This Janesville jaunt was the team's final full-group training session before it takes its turn in Sochi.


Our Views: Things must change at Countryside Inn in town of Milton

One shooting at one bar that wounds a man, though disturbing, does not signal a trend. A second shooting that injures another man within months at the same bar, however, comes much closer to a trend. It should prompt all parties—owner, law enforcement and elected officials—to ensure a third doesn't happen, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Editor's Views: Frozen pipes are frustrating but temporary inconvenience

Gazette Editor Scott Angus and his wife and are among the unfortunate folks dealing with the unprecedented fallout of one of the nastiest winters on record. Twice in the last two weeks, a pipe between the water main in the street and their house has frozen. But a chance encounter at the grocery store put things in perspective for the angry Angus.


Artwork by Delavan-Darien graduate hits the big time, causes controversy

As an artist, you might know you've arrived in the national consciousness when your work appears on The Weather Channel. But even 1989 Delavan-Darien High School graduate and artist Tony Matelli is a bit surprised at the controversy his “Sleepwalker” statue has generated. The work, a hyper-realistic sculpture of a mostly naked man clad in underwear at an all-female college, has some of the students freaked out.

Madison's Novanta serves wood-fired pizzas fast

Heading to an event last week on Madison's west side, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick and his group had less than an hour to eat and were in no mood for burgers and fries. A friend suggested they check out Novanta, a Neapolitan pizzeria on Old Sauk Road. It was good advice, Livick writes.


Xtra Points: Nothing disappointing about Fredricks' career

Tucker Fredricks' Olympic career didn't end how he'd hoped on Monday, but area fans should still look back fondly on their three-time Olympian, Sports Editor Eric Schmoldt writes.

Janice Peterson: Don't let age get in the way of gardening

Gazette blogger Janice Peterson's mom was finding it harder to garden as she got older. The solution: A raised bed and a new practice called horticultural therapy.


PHOTOS: Chicken lovers fight for their backyard birds

More and more communities are passing laws allowing backyard chickens within city limits. Residential poultry farming is not about saving money on eggs or meat, local residents say. It's about the birds themselves. "(To) not have them cruising around the backyard would just seem wrong," said Peter Underwood, a Whitewater resident.

Glen Loyd Video: Eagles stalk ducks along Rock River

Video blogger Glen Loyd captures footage of a pair of mortal enemies on the Rock River: the bald eagle and the golden eye duck.

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