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Senior Reporter — Wisconsin State Journal

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

'Shake the Lake' was no dud, will continue in 2016 — Shake the Lake was no dud. Public agencies, sponsors and organizers of the first Shake the Lake fireworks display over Lake Monona last month have declared the condensed event an overwhelming success, a reversal of fortune rewarded with promises of a better show in 2016.

Madison lab that got Army's live anthrax is cleared — The biothreat detection laboratory on Madison's Far East Side to which the Army mistakenly sent live anthrax spores has been decontaminated and reopened. BBI Detection, 2312 Vondron Road, was identified in May as one of 86 facilities in 20 states and seven other countries that received live anthrax specimens from the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, according to a Department of Defense report made public last week.

Quotable State Street veteran calls it quits after 44 years — John Williamson, the opinionated independent entrepreneur and good deed do-er who started selling sports equipment on State Street as a university student in 1961, will sell his last pair of sneakers at Sports World next month.

Bail set for suspended high school basketball coach in assault case — Bail for Shelton Kingcade, the suspended coach of the Madison West High School girls basketball team, was set at $3,000 on Friday, but no criminal complaint was filed. Kingcade, 43, has been held in the Dane County Jail since turning himself in to authorities Thursday.

UW-Madison professor Stanley Kutler, 80, Watergate-Nixon historian, dies — Stanley Kutler, the pre-eminent historian on Nixon-Watergate, lover of words and the freedom to use them, and the sort of professor who considered providing inspiration to be part of his mission, died Tuesday. The longtime UW-Madison history professor and prolific writer was 80 and had been in ill health, according to his son, Andy.

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.
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Jul 15, 2015

Robert G. Carder pleads guilty to six felonies in Madison rifle confrontation last October.

Jun 25, 2015

Those corners weren't cut. They were beheaded.

May 01, 2015

Kingcade bail includes no contact with females under 16, no work or volunteering with children.

May 01, 2015

Shelton Kingcade bail set at $3,000 cash, no criminal complaint.

Apr 10, 2015

This DNR warden did not get skunked (in the middle of the road)…

Apr 10, 2015

RT @UWMadScience: #canineinfluenza in the Midwest. Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab can test for it, @uwvetmed can treat it:

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