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

Wisconsin men delivered hand-rolled cigs in diaper boxes, police say — By George HesselbergWisconsin State Journal Posted: 09/03/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated: 09/03/2014 03:47:02 PM CDT The two owners of Up In Smoke, a store in Burlington, Wis., have been charged with trying to evade the state's cigarette tax by selling hand-rolled cigarettes by the carton.

Billionaires, the Green Bay Packers, state agencies on unclaimed property list — Judging by the state's list of unclaimed property, a prominent bank in Green Bay can't find the Green Bay Packers. That may be the most obvious of mysteriously elusive owners of nearly $440 million in cash being held in the state's unclaimed property program. And the pile of cash keeps getting bigger.

Deaths of children, polar bear over years are cautionary tales to stay away from zoo animals — The recipient of a kick to the face from a Vilas Zoo giraffe last weekend probably was fortunate to have to endure only 10 stitches and a $686 ticket, zoo officials said. Three encounters between animals and humans near and in animal enclosures at the zoo over the years ended in the deaths of two visitors and a polar bear.

Police go east, west for weapon calls — Two incidents involving weapons or lookalike weapons on opposite sides of Madison caught police attention Thursday. According to Madison police: In the 2000 block of Westbrook Lane on the city's Southwest Side, a resident discovered shortly after 10 p.m. that someone had shot out the exterior panes of several double-pane windows in his home, probably using a BB gun.

Marathon County mortgage closing agent gets 11 years in prison in fraud, child sex assault cases — A mortgage closing agent in Marathon County was sent to concurrent prison terms of 8 years for sexual assault of a child and 11 years for swindling 10 homeowners and four real estate investors in six counties out of $1.2 million, according to the state Department of Justice.

One-and-done is big change for Do Not Call program — Avoiding irritating conversations - they drone, they don't pay attention, they lack empathy - with robots may get easier, as Wisconsin consumers await changes in the Do Not Call program. Starting Aug. 1, consumers no longer have to register their numbers every two years to receive protection under state law from unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages.

Minocqua woman killed, 15 injured, in Vilas County crash that involved tour bus — Authorities have identified the Minocqua woman killed in a multi-vehicle crash that included a Beloit tour bus at 10 p.m. Thursday on Highway 51 near Eagle River. Dead is Barbara C. Hilleque, 67, who was driving a 2007 Toyota northbound on Highway 51 in the town of Arbor Vitae.

Darlington, Monroe police uncover stolen goods, arrest retail theft suspects — The arrest in Monroe Wednesday of three suspects in a Darlington retail theft case has led to an expanded investigation of similar thefts in area communities. Monique Banks, 34; Felicia Green, 40; and Andrew Banks, 33, all from Beloit, were taken into custody based on an alert from Darlington police were following a report of the theft of alcohol from the Darlington Mini Mart on Galena Street.

3 teens seriously injured in New Glarus golf cart crash, authorities say — A golf cart driven by a 13-year-old girl went airborne and crashed in the town of New Glarus Thursday afternoon, seriously injuring the driver and her two teenage passengers, authorities reported. According to Green County Sheriff's Office reports, the cart was headed downhill, west on Windmill Ridge Road, picking up speed when it began to swerve.

SOS: Why can't I cancel my EarthLink subscription? — Anyone who has tried to cancel a subscription knows there is often a penalty that goes along with that. It can cost money, or time, or grief or just plain frustration. Recently, a customer of Comcast internet services recorded his attempts to cancel his service.
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Oct 17, 2014

RT @WisconsinBBB: Want to contribute to efforts for Ebola victims? Be wary of who is asking for money: @madisondotcom #BBB #ebola

Oct 10, 2014

RT @WiStateJournal: Chris Rickert: Reducing the risk of sexual assault while not 'blaming the victim'

Oct 03, 2014

Sadness. State Journal sportswriter Tom Mulhern dead at 56: via @madisondotcom

Oct 03, 2014

Remember when Minn and Wis used to fight over who was best? Now it's a fight over who is worst:…

Oct 03, 2014

I wish we wouldn't say snow is "dreaded" before the season even starts. Some of us like snow.

Sep 02, 2014

RT @madisonpolice: Congratulations to former MPD Captain Cam McLay, Pittsburgh PD's next Chief of Police!…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @madisonpolice: #SafetyTipTuesday If you or your child takes electronic devices to school, make sure you take precautions to keep them safe. (2/6)

Aug 29, 2014

18 months pay, promise to talk nice, means former UW Hospital CEO to get $1.3 million severance: via @madisondotcom

Aug 29, 2014

RT @WisconsinBBB: The phone rings and you see this number: 202-609-7070. The IRS says DO NOT answer it @fox6now

Aug 26, 2014

RT @WDNR: Three new trail openings provide hikers & bicyclists with new places to explore in WI…

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