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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Too many mistaken 911 calls
Summary: Have you ever called 911 by mistake? I have. Here's what could happen if you do.
Greg Peck: It's Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day
Wisconsin's snowplow drivers have an underappreciated job. Today is their day.
Greg Peck: Changes at the athletic club
Changes are in store at the Janesville Athletic Club. While these will delight some members, not everyone is happy.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
Word Badger: Cop talk, 10-4
The world of law enforcement is full of jargon.
Word Badger: Good words from the Guard
The National Guard recently posted some interesting advice for soldiers.
Word Badger: School defines ways of behaving badly
A local school on Wednesday posted on Twitter definitions of rude behavior, mean behavior and bullying.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: Big games teach big lessons
Xtra Points: Big games teach big lessons
Five games pitted winning teams against each other in Week 11.
Xtra Points: Untangling the AFC's playoff web
Xtra Points: Untangling the AFC's playoff web
All but a few of the teams in the AFC have winning records, meaning there are a lot of teams hoping to fill the conference's six playoff slots. Plus, a Monday Night Football pick.
Xtra Points: Vetting potential 2014 NFL MVPs
Xtra Points: Vetting potential 2014 NFL MVPs
A few teams are halfway through their 16-game schedules, so it seems about the right time to take a look around the NFL and see which players are emerging as MVP candidates.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Downtown, football and ancient pipes
Best of The Gazette: Downtown, football and ancient pipes
Downtown redevelopment, the first-ever All-Gazette football team and a look at Janesville's subterranean anatomy are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Drunks, a scam and some hungry birds
Best of The Gazette: Drunks, a scam and some hungry birds
Keeping drunken drivers off the road, an 87-year-old's tale of theft and a winter bird feeding are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: A road, an election and flag football
Best of The Gazette: A road, an election and flag football
A highway's future, the inner workings of The Gazette newsroom and a football championship are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

PopCon: The Popular Conversation

Entertainment talk with Gazette staffers Andrew Beaumont, Andrew Reuter, Dave von Falkenstein and Shawn Sensiba
PopCon: When it comes to U2, haters gonna hate
PopCon: When it comes to U2, haters gonna hate
Upon the release of U2's new album through Apple's iTunes program, the backlash has been severe, though quite unnecessary.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Peace seminar offers rare opportunity
John W. Eyster: Peace seminar offers rare opportunity
Palestinian peacemaker Zoughbi Zoughbi's visit to Janesville is not an occasion to miss, community blogger John W. Eyster writes.
John W. Eyster: Consider the source in Burke attack
John W. Eyster: Consider the source in Burke attack
When it comes to the attack on Mary Burke from Republican operatives, John says it's important to consider the source.
John W. Eyster: Two holidays ripe for change
John W. Eyster: Two holidays ripe for change
Leif Erikson Day and Columbus Day are both on their way, and both could use some modification, community blogger John W. Eyster writes.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: Deputy city manager choice was a good one
Steve Knox: Deputy city manager choice was a good one
Though some have griped about Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag's recent hiring process, community blogger Steve Knox thinks the choice was a good one.
Steve Knox: Senior Center comment ruffles feathers
Steve Knox: Senior Center comment ruffles feathers
Community blogger Steve Knox unintentionally irritated some readers recently with his suggestion that the Janesville Senior Center needs a better name. What do you think?
Steve Knox: Council faces tough quality of life decisions
Steve Knox: Council faces tough quality of life decisions
Steve thinks it's time for quality of life activities in Janesville to go front-and-center.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: Goldeneye ducks return to open water
Glen Loyd Videos: Goldeneye ducks return to open water
Goldeneye ducks generally fly south in late fall, but for now, you can find them right here on the Rock River in this week's video from blogger Glen Loyd.
Glen Loyd Videos: A throwback to summer's egrets
Glen Loyd Videos: A throwback to summer's egrets
Most of Wisconsin's egrets have flown south for winter, but Glen Loyd has summer video of these beautiful birds fishing near Blackhawk Island.
Glen Loyd Videos: Old friends return to winter bird feeders
Glen Loyd Videos: Old friends return to winter bird feeders
As Glen Loyd shows us in this video, bird feeders are not only good for birds. They also are good for the feeders.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Screeching words for Common Core
James Martin: Screeching words for Common Core
Community blogger James Martin has long considered writing about Common Core education standards, but he stayed mute—until now.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: The confusing chaos behind plant names
Janice Peterson: The confusing chaos behind plant names
Mysterious plant labeling is a consequence of patents and trademarks, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at that system.
Janice Peterson: Plant education, right here at home
Janice Peterson: Plant education, right here at home
Garden blogger Janice Peterson recently attended a horticulture training session at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville. What better way to spend a cold Saturday in fall?
Janice Peterson: Eight stories of gardening kindness
Janice Peterson: Eight stories of gardening kindness
Gardeners can be a kind bunch, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. For evidence, just read these eight tales of gardening grace.

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: How much space do I need for my poultry?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How much space do I need for my poultry?
The amount of space you have for your birds is almost more important than the type of coop, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here's a handy chart to help you plan.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Find a local Thanksgiving turkey
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Find a local Thanksgiving turkey
It's not too early to be thinking about your Thanksgiving turkey, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here's some tips for tracking down a tasty, local bird.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Don't let winter cut off your egg supply
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Don't let winter cut off your egg supply
Winter is coming, and with it, the potential for lower egg production. Luckily, it's easy and cheap to fix by adding lights to your coop, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes.