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Best of The Gazette, Jan. 14: Alcohol, technology and local politics

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Andrew Reuter
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:


INTERACTIVE: East side dominates Janesville city, school government

Most of the people on the city council and school board in Janesville have one thing in common: They live east of the river. And it's been this way for decades, a Gazette analysis shows. But does it make any difference when it comes to the decisions of the school board or council? Opinions vary.

Ronnie Thomas, 73, touched lives of people throughout Rock County

Longtime Janesville volunteer Ronnie Thomas didn't know the word “no.” He got up in the morning and went from one project to the next “and then he went to bed and got up the next day and did it again,” said Local 95 President Tim Silha. Janesville and Rock County charities and organizations face a giant void after Thomas, 73, died Jan. 6.


Weather, loss make Packer playoff game at Lambeau a letdown

Gazette Sports columnist Tom Miller had said there was absolutely no way he was going to Lambeau Field on Jan. 4 to watch the Packers' playoff game. Not with it being just a wild-card playoff game, and especially not with historically cold temperatures forecast. In the end, a friend's urging convinced him to go. But when it was over, the day didn't live up to its hype.

Milder weather means improved fishing conditions

The weekend warmup gave state anglers a better chance at landing some fish, columnist Ted Peck writes. Put an intriguing morsel close to a fishy face and you might just tempt a bite. Finding fish is the first factor in a successful fishing equation. A good pair of binoculars is the second.


Our Views: City of Janesville right to loosen reins on drinking, sales of alcohol

Rather than fret over our culture of alcohol, Janesville city officials must decide policies and how to best use city facilities and foster economic development in a community needing much more. Fortunately, officials are starting to loosen the reins, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Greg Peck: Stepping into the murky world of upgraded technology

Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck and his wife finally got fed up with a problematic DVD player recently. With deep trepidation, they decided to dip their toes into the world of Blu-ray technology. Will they make it out alive—and be able to watch movies again?


Los Agaves taco truck finds home in Fort Atkinson

The food truck is a growing trend in smaller cities as well as big ones. Francisco Valadez, who has owned and operated Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant in Delavan for five years, launched his two years ago. But after facing opposition in Milton, the truck has found success in Fort Atkinson.

The play's the thing: Month of talent kicks off in Janesville

January typically is a slow month for the performing arts—except at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. JPAC kicked off its first Local Talent Month last week with “Mirror Image” by Jim Lyke. Ahead are a symphony, a play and a local arts awards show.


John W. Eyster: Is US winning war on poverty?

Community blogger John W. Eyster takes a look back at the war on poverty on the 50th anniversary of its declaration. He argues the U.S. must keep President Lyndon Johnson's policies. What do you think?

Glen Loyd Video: The world's largest owl

With ice covering much of the Rock River, the open water near the dam at Center Street in Janesville is drawing a lot of hungry eagles. But the star of this show is the great gray owl. Community blogger Glen Loyd teams up with photographer Scott Weberpal for this week's video.

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