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Senior Reporter — Wisconsin State Journal
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A reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, WI. Interested in the curiosities, flaws and follies in life.

Richland County's website hacked by pro-ISIS vandals — Internet vandals visited Richland County's website over the weekend, defacing it and other public domain websites with pro-Islamic messages. The Richland County Sheriff's Department said no sensitive information or data was accessed. The invader identified itself in the messages on the website as "Team System Dz," the name used for hundreds of such breaches at random Internet sites over the past two years.

SOS: Why is Boston Store's bank harassing me for a bill I paid 16 months ago? — Fanny Leung, a Madison barber, went to Boston Store at East Towne in September 2013 and bought her prospective daughter-in-law a nice necklace for her wedding. It cost $268.23, and she paid with her store credit card.

Disease claims school forest near Spring Green — Large portions of a 120-acre unit of the River Valley School District forest along Highway 14 near Arena are being removed because of a disease the has affected the red pines, according to school and Department of Natural Resources officials.

Know Your Madisonian: Sally Averkamp — In 1997, newly arrived in Madison, master gardener Sally Averkamp got a tip: If she played her cards right, she could take over a highly visible, neglected, set of downtown Madison flower beds desperately in need of discipline and a makeover. She would get long hours in the sun at no pay.

Scott Walker reconsiders officer-related death investigation funding — Gov. Scott Walker's office says he's now open to hiring staff to support police officer-related death investigations after unanticipated need for those state resources in a number of recent cases, including a high-profile shooting in Madison.

Gov. Walker reconsiders officer-related death investigation funding — Recent police officer-related deaths, including a high-profile shooting in Madison, and the unanticipated need for state resources to investigate them may have convinced Gov. Scott Walker to recalculate support for hiring more investigators. The Department of Justice sought $738,600 to pay for three special agents and two policy and program analysts supporting officer-related death investigations in the department's Division of Criminal Investigation.

George Hesselberg's spring essay — Stop. Spring is a challenge to the bashful population around here, and not only because the tongue is slow to thaw. In this season, we are forward in motto only. We are not by nature the sort to put ourselves out there. Spring pulls us out of winter and out of our mostly modest selves, but slowly.

1.8 million out of 3 million state returns filed, fraud threat leads to processing delays — If you are one of the Wisconsin taxpayers asked by the Department of Revenue to take a quiz to prove your identity, count on the process delaying your refund by two or as many as 12 weeks.

Election 2015: Wisconsin Heights School Board — Five candidates, including three incumbents, are seeking three three-year positions on the Wisconsin Heights School Board. The election is April 7. (I) indicates incumbent. Age: 39 Address: 10236E.

Farm Bureau, others question Scott Walker's proposed farm research cuts — Researchers and supporters of a program that helps farmers run cleaner and more efficient operations say they were "stunned" and "blindsided" by Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut a third of the project's funding.
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Mar 26, 2015

If scouts are picking up food in your area this weekend, don't donate outdated food. Food pantries have to throw it out. Thanks.#donatefood

Mar 18, 2015

Disparaging tweets about Iowa? How would they know?

Mar 06, 2015

Right To Work passed? I thought they were going to ban performing elephants.

Feb 19, 2015

Postpone that haircut. Every follicle needs to be available for warming duty in these temperatures.

Jan 30, 2015

Expect a legion of UW public relations types earning their wages in coming weeks.

Jan 14, 2015

RT @MollyBeckWSJ: Rep. Sinicki asks Scott Jensen of American Federation for Children if he would support applying open records laws to voucher schools. No.

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