Best of The Gazette, Sept. 9, 2013: Police diversity, punting prospects and old-time chords
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 summary of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
In 2010, all but one of the department's sworn officers were white. Since then, the department has hired two Latino officers. But the department hasn't accomplished one of Chief Dave Moore's goals: Swearing in the city's first black officer.
Janesville City Council members must decide whether to sink thousands of dollars into the historic Oakhill Cemetery chapel, which has no immediate use. City staff recommends the chapel be demolished. The council will consider the recommendation at its Monday meeting.
Janesville saw more than double its average rainfall level in June, but since then has been well below average. With just 1.8 inches of rain in July and 1.4 in August the area is seeing less precipitation than in those two months of the 2012 drought.
Read more: Dry end of summer a far cry from cool start
With success on a variety of different playing fields and courts, it's a good time to get behind East Troy athletics.
Ian Gallagher, the rarely used placekicker and punter for the Big Foot Chiefs, is one of the top punting recruits in the country thanks to his powerful right leg.
Ted Peck, one of The Gazette's outdoors columnists, took a trip to Park Falls, Wis., to see the St. Croix tackle company's factory firsthand.
When police spend time poring over reports to black out details, they're doing nothing to ensure public safety, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. Instead, they're smothering the public's right to know who got arrested, when and for what—and more.
Readers are likely to see names and faces of local students and adult athletes in our sports pages, and that's important to our mission, Gazette Editor Scott Angus writes.
Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2014, citing "the ugly political environment." In the wake of that declaration, columnist Steven Walters takes a look at the state of Wisconsin's government.
Most members of the Mill Road Band have stories of how they once enjoyed music, lost it and rediscovered life's soundtrack with white hair. The band shows it is never too late to embrace life's soundtrack, Gazette columnist Anna Marie Lux writes.
Read more: Musicians rediscover old-time chords
When spring comes to Wisconsin, people emerge from their homes with one desire: To see green things growing—immediately. But the autumn is just as good, and in some cases better, for planting.
Read more: Plant in the fall to get a jump on spring
Albums reviewed this week include "Hesitation Marks" by Nine Inch Nails and "The Worse Things Get ..." by Neko Case.
Read more: Music reviews for Sept. 5, 2013
Tomato tastings have become a fun late summer event all over the country, Gazette garden blogger Janice Peterson writes.
Do you remember walking or bicycling to school? Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck does. However, fewer and fewer kids do these days.
Mostly poor while alive, Whitewater native Edward S. Curtis left us a treasure of Indian tradition. Learn more about him in this video from blogger Glen Loyd.
With more than 21 million quilters in the United States, quilting is seeing a resurgence across the country. Gazette Photo Editor Bill Olmsted recently visited Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville to document one such group.
Newspaper workers use the term "stand-alone photos" to describe photographs that aren't necessarily associated with any stories. These photos document candid slices of life from the community that might otherwise go unrecorded. Check out this gallery to see The Gazette's stand-alone photos for August 2013.
See more: Stand-alone photos for August 2013
The Gazette regularly publishes art made by local students. August's collection features works inspired by "A Clockwork Orange," Aaron Rodgers and more.
See more: Student art for August 2013