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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Considering cancer and ALS
While ALS is raising boatloads of cash through its “Ice Bucket Challenge,” cancer seems to be affecting more and more people I know these days.
Greg Peck: Spammers irritating, relentless
Those email spammers are nothing if not persistent. They consume part of my every work day.
Greg Peck: Video reflects on Canadian fishing trip
Greg Peck: Video reflects on Canadian fishing trip
For this summer's Ontario trip, I packed something more than my 35 mm camera—a small video recorder. Check out the results.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
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.
Word Badger: 'Style' can drive you buggy
What's the correct way to write? It depends.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Watch as we preview HS football's week 1
Watch as we preview HS football's week 1
Gazette sports editor Eric Schmoldt and sports reporter John Barry break down this week's matchups and the upcoming season in high school football.
Xtra Points: An English Premier League primer
Xtra Points: An English Premier League primer
Six-word previews for all 20 teams in the Premier League, plus relegation and Champions League predictions.
Xtra Points: Pavelski stops at Jets camp
San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski, a part owner in the Janesville Jets, was in town this week.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Football, motors and a violent summer
Best of The Gazette: Football, motors and a violent summer
Big Eight football predictions, trolling motor tips and a look at a bloody summer for Beloit are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Speeders, strikers and the Interstate
Best of The Gazette: Speeders, strikers and the Interstate
A dip in speeding tickets, a modern take on 1800s baseball and paying for I-90/39 are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: A bike, a church and an emotional pitch
Best of The Gazette: A bike, a church and an emotional pitch
An electric police bike, a massive stained-glass project and a local woman's bucket list are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: The shocking murder of reporter James Foley
John W. Eyster: The shocking murder of reporter James Foley
Community blogger John W. Eyster considers the loss of war reporter and Marquette University alumnus James Foley, who was murdered by members of an Islamic State extremist group.
John W. Eyster: Only two choices in 15th state Senate race
John W. Eyster: Only two choices in 15th state Senate race
For community blogger John W. Eyster, the Democratic primary for the 15th state Senate race comes down to two choices. But which one deserves his vote?
John W. Eyster: One big reason to deny BTC referendum
John W. Eyster: One big reason to deny BTC referendum
Community blogger John W. Eyster is against Blackhawk Technical College's $4 million referendum. Here's why.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Community blogger Steve Knox commends three Janesvillians who are making the city a better place.
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Community blogger Steve Knox reminisces about the evolution of Freedom Fest and offers readers a preview of what to expect this year.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: Rock River winds keep moving on
Glen Loyd Videos: Rock River winds keep moving on
Wisconsin outdoors writer Bill Stokes reads more from "The River is Us," his book detailing his trip down the Rock River.
Glen Loyd: The scenes that awaited author on Rock River
Glen Loyd: The scenes that awaited author on Rock River
In video two of blogger Glen Loyd's chat with Wisconsin's Bill Stokes, the 82-year-old author talks about the beauty he found on the Rock River.
Glen Loyd Videos: Wisconsin author Bill Stokes, part I
Glen Loyd Videos: Wisconsin author Bill Stokes, part I
The Rock River long ago caught the eye of famous outdoors writer Bill Stokes. In the first of a series of conversations, blogger Glen Loyd talks with the Wisconsin author and columnist about his home in Mazomanie.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
It has been said that to leave a gang you must be beaten out. In order to leave the mafia you get a new set of designer shoes and a short one way boat trip. There is allegedly a hotel in California where once you check-in you can never check out.
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
The Congregation of The Great Spirit in Milwaukee mixes Catholicism and the traditions, language and culture of the Native American community, blogger James Martin writes.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: Jefferson embraced this 'poisonous' fruit
Janice Peterson: Jefferson embraced this 'poisonous' fruit
The Thomas Jefferson garden at Rotary Botanical Gardens has proven popular. Here's a look at community blogger Janice Peterson's favorite plants in the display.
Janice Peterson: Are you a planner or a plopper?
Janice Peterson: Are you a planner or a plopper?
There are two kinds of gardeners, blogger Janice Peterson writes. Planners create a well thought-out design and execute according to plans. Ploppers randomly throw plants in the ground. What kind are you?
Janice Peterson: Cool weather means good living, poor growing
Janice Peterson: Cool weather means good living, poor growing
Though this summer has been a temperate one, many plants need dog days to thrive, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes.

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: From broody hen to useful bird
Ask a Poultry Farmer: From broody hen to useful bird
Is your hen acting strangely? Making funny noises? Pecking at your hand? You probably have a broody hen, blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here's how to turn that into an advantage.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: What it takes to raise a champ
Ask a Poultry Farmer: What it takes to raise a champ
What does it take to raise an award-winning bird? Beth Tallon follows her father, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock, at the Rock County 4-H Fair to find out.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Community blogger Dale Wheelock offers some handy tips for finding and formulating feed for your fowl.