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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Are police too militarized?
I have mixed feelings about the drama playing out in Ferguson, Missouri.
Greg Peck: Would Janesville support downtown indoor market?
Madison is exploring an indoor public market. Could Janesville support one downtown?
Greg Peck: What's future of high school football?
I'm only a casual fan of high school football. In this era of concern over concussions, the future of high school football might affect the sport in colleges and the pros.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
Girl's writing impresses Word Badger
I recently sat down to be interviewed by a 9-year-old girl.
Word Badger: Corrections courageous
Word Badger takes a look at a corrective sent out by a world-class university.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Watch as we preview HS football's week 1
Watch as we preview HS football's week 1
Gazette sports editor Eric Schmoldt and sports reporter John Barry break down this week's matchups and the upcoming season in high school football.
Xtra Points: An English Premier League primer
Xtra Points: An English Premier League primer
Six-word previews for all 20 teams in the Premier League, plus relegation and Champions League predictions.
Xtra Points: Pavelski stops at Jets camp
San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski, a part owner in the Janesville Jets, was in town this week.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Speeders, strikers and the Interstate
Best of The Gazette: Speeders, strikers and the Interstate
A dip in speeding tickets, a modern take on 1800s baseball and paying for I-90/39 are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: A bike, a church and an emotional pitch
Best of The Gazette: A bike, a church and an emotional pitch
An electric police bike, a massive stained-glass project and a local woman's bucket list are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Act 10, cool weather and a local legacy
Best of The Gazette: Act 10, cool weather and a local legacy
A state Supreme Court ruling, local gardening conditions and one business' 100th anniversary are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Only two choices in 15th state Senate race
John W. Eyster: Only two choices in 15th state Senate race
For community blogger John W. Eyster, the Democratic primary for the 15th state Senate race comes down to two choices. But which one deserves his vote?
John W. Eyster: One big reason to deny BTC referendum
John W. Eyster: One big reason to deny BTC referendum
Community blogger John W. Eyster is against Blackhawk Technical College's $4 million referendum. Here's why.
John W. Eyster: An about-face on outsourcing
John W. Eyster: An about-face on outsourcing
Almost all candidates take part in political gymnastics, community blogger John W. Eyster writes. Gov. Scott Walker's recent comments about outsourcing are no exception.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Community blogger Steve Knox commends three Janesvillians who are making the city a better place.
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Community blogger Steve Knox reminisces about the evolution of Freedom Fest and offers readers a preview of what to expect this year.
Steve Knox: No controversy, just a 'thanks' to teachers
Steve Knox: No controversy, just a 'thanks' to teachers
Looking for more controversy about teachers? You won't find it here. Instead, community blogger Steve Knox offers a simple message to local educators: Thank you.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd: The scenes that awaited author on Rock River
Glen Loyd: The scenes that awaited author on Rock River
In video two of blogger Glen Loyd's chat with Wisconsin's Bill Stokes, the 82-year-old author talks about the beauty he found on the Rock River.
Glen Loyd Videos: Wisconsin author Bill Stokes, part I
Glen Loyd Videos: Wisconsin author Bill Stokes, part I
The Rock River long ago caught the eye of famous outdoors writer Bill Stokes. In the first of a series of conversations, blogger Glen Loyd talks with the Wisconsin author and columnist about his home in Mazomanie.
Glen Loyd Videos: Great blue herons rule the Rock River
Glen Loyd Videos: Great blue herons rule the Rock River
After heading south for the winter, monster great blue herons are back in action on the Rock River, video blogger Glen Loyd has found.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
It has been said that to leave a gang you must be beaten out. In order to leave the mafia you get a new set of designer shoes and a short one way boat trip. There is allegedly a hotel in California where once you check-in you can never check out.
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
The Congregation of The Great Spirit in Milwaukee mixes Catholicism and the traditions, language and culture of the Native American community, blogger James Martin writes.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: Are you a planner or a plopper?
Janice Peterson: Are you a planner or a plopper?
There are two kinds of gardeners, blogger Janice Peterson writes. Planners create a well thought-out design and execute according to plans. Ploppers randomly throw plants in the ground. What kind are you?
Janice Peterson: Cool weather means good living, poor growing
Janice Peterson: Cool weather means good living, poor growing
Though this summer has been a temperate one, many plants need dog days to thrive, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes.
Janice Peterson: The top 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin
Janice Peterson: The top 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin
Garden blogger Janice Peterson takes a stab at listing the 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin, including her personal weed nemesis.

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: 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.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: What it takes to raise a champ
Ask a Poultry Farmer: What it takes to raise a champ
What does it take to raise an award-winning bird? Beth Tallon follows her father, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock, at the Rock County 4-H Fair to find out.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Community blogger Dale Wheelock offers some handy tips for finding and formulating feed for your fowl.