Most talked about Wisconsin State Journal stories

Chris Rickert: A lot of sound and fury - but no ordinance - in Madison Metro gun ban

host.madison.com — Last week, a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging Madison's ban on carrying weapons on Metro buses, largely because the ban is a "policy" - not a more formal ordinance or resolution - and thus does not run afoul of the state's three-year-old law allowing people to carry concealed weapons.

Educators: Sticking with Common Core for now

host.madison.com — On Tuesday morning, Meg Healy was breaking down the Common Core language standards into lessons about similes and metaphors for her fourth-grade students at Emerson Elementary School. As a group, the class identified the figurative language in a passage of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid."

Executive Q&A: Georgia Roeming's Geo Group translates for some of Wisconsin's biggest companies

host.madison.com — Probably the most high-stakes, with a hint of cloak-and-dagger, interpreting assignment that Georgia Roeming's Madison-based translation services company ever received took place a year ago in March, when Roeming took a call one Friday from an executive at BP Amoco.
Dec 21, 2014

From business cards to global oil deals, Georgia Roeming's Geo Group in Madison translates for all. bit.ly/1raHbL8

Badgers football: In-state recruiting may rise with Gary Andersen's exit, Paul Chryst's arrival

host.madison.com — Since Barry Alvarez took over a struggling University of Wisconsin football program in 1990, the recruiting priorities have focused around in-state dominance. The coach-turned-athletic director signed 10 in-state kids just weeks after taking over the program nearly 25 years ago - a time when a string of losing seasons had drained interest from recruits in UW's own backyard.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @KenGoe: Wisconsin HS coaches say their relationship with the Badgers football program frayed during Gary Andersen's tenure: host.madison.com/sports/college…

Dec 21, 2014

Wisconsin HS coaches say their relationship with the Badgers football program frayed during Gary Andersen's tenure: host.madison.com/sports/college…

'Amazing Race' recap: UW #SweetScientists win a sweet million dollars!

host.madison.com — The good news is that the UW-Madison food science graduate students Maya Warren and Amy DeJong, known as the #SweetScientists, finally won a leg of "The Amazing Race" on Friday night. The great news was that it was the final leg of the competitive CBS reality show, which meant DeJong and Warren won the entire enchilada and a million dollars to boot.

Judge orders gray wolf back on endangered list in Wisconsin, 2 other states

host.madison.com — TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list - a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.
Dec 20, 2014

Surprised to see Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered list. Never a dull moment with this controversy. host.madison.com/wsj/news/local…

Dec 19, 2014

Judge orders gray wolf back on endangered list in Wisconsin, 2 other states host.madison.com/news/local/env…

Badgers football: Some players admit they'll miss departed coach Gary Andersen

host.madison.com — At one end of the trauma meter is Tyler Marz, whose time as an offensive lineman with the University of Wisconsin football team has been one long series of hellos and goodbyes. Since arriving in Madison in 2011, Marz has had four position coaches, three head coaches (counting interims) and two offensive coordinators.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @KenGoe: Some Wisconsin players lament the departure of coach Gary Andersen: host.madison.com/sports/college…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @KenGoe: Nebraska coach Mike Riley confirms that Mark Banker will be his defensive coordinator: host.madison.com/sports/college…

Dec 19, 2014

Nebraska coach Mike Riley confirms that Mark Banker will be his defensive coordinator: host.madison.com/sports/college…

Dec 19, 2014

Some Wisconsin players lament the departure of coach Gary Andersen: host.madison.com/sports/college…

Hands on Wisconsin: Merry Chrystmas

host.madison.com — Barry and Bucky's gift to Badgers fans this year is a new football coach, longtime Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. Most people seem very excited the move.

WIAC Live: UW-Whitewater/Mount Union updates from the Stagg Bowl

host.madison.com — Updates and insights from Salem, Va., where the Warhawks and Mount Union meet for the NCAA Division III title for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @RobHernandezWSJ: Don't get ESPNU? Can't watch anyway? Follow the Stagg Bowl here ... WIAC Live: UW-Whitewater/Mount Union updates bit.ly/1wV4JmT

Tech and Biotech: Investors spur growth for SmartUQ and 100health

host.madison.com — Two Madison start-ups are getting early funding. SmartUQ has received $1.8 million, mainly from angel investors in Wisconsin, said CEO Peter Qian, and 100health has scored $350,000 from investors led by Mark Bakken, who recently stepped down as CEO of Nordic Consulting, Madison, to create a health IT venture fund.
Dec 19, 2014

Startups SmartUQ and 100health get financial boosts... in this week's tech blog. bit.ly/13KPAuJ

NFL star and former Badger Joe Thomas hit for Muscoda environmental problems

host.madison.com — An elite NFL star from Wisconsin has been hit with 11 alleged environmental violations involving damming a navigable waterway, discharging manure into a wetland and dredging a spring-fed pond on property he owns near Muscoda.
Dec 18, 2014

That stinks. RT @npenzenstadler: Ex-Badgers lineman Joe Thomas hit with @WDNR manure and dredging violations. . bit.ly/1C4J1Ba via

Dec 18, 2014

Former #Badgers lineman Joe Thomas hit with @WDNR manure and dredging violations. Weird. bit.ly/1C4J1Ba via @St_Verburg

Madison's SAA Design Group to grow, be acquired by Eau Claire-based Ayres Associates

host.madison.com — SAA Design Group, a long-time Madison-based planning and design firm specializing in urban renewal, has made a deal to be acquired in early 2015 by Ayres Associates, an engineering and architecture firm in Eau Claire. SAA's office at 101 E.
Dec 19, 2014

Madison's SAA Design Group to keep its deep roots after purchase by Ayres; Badger Road office to stay, w/more hires. bit.ly/1zG1jFr

Beer Baron: A skeptic's guide to holiday beers

host.madison.com — Winter is a great time to drink beer. It's stout season, porter season, dunkel season, bourbon barrel season, when all matters of twists and spins are put onto dark beers and most of them are pretty good if not great. But it seems as soon as "winter" becomes "holiday" or "Christmas," things get weird and the cinnamon comes out.
Dec 19, 2014

@WSJbeerbaron Like your list of WI beer people. Loved your piece on Xmas beers. ow.ly/GaWP5

UW-Madison oak tree grew into a legend, now will be felled

host.madison.com — Long before the tract of land next to Lake Mendota became the University of Wisconsin, an acorn embedded itself in the soil not far from some burial mounds created by the original occupants of the land. The acorn grew into a bur oak tree with a trunk so thick it recently took 20 preschoolers holding hands to circle it.

Badgers football: Dave Aranda will stay at UW as Paul Chryst's defensive coordinator

host.madison.com — Dave Aranda will remain the University of Wisconsin's defensive coordinator under new head coach Paul Chryst, a source told the Wisconsin State Journal. Retaining Aranda, who had many suitors around the country, was a top priority for Chryst after taking over for Gary Andersen.