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Best of The Gazette, April 29: Cop details dramatic rooftop rescue

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Andrew Reuter
Tuesday, April 29, 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:


VIDEO: Janesville police officer tells of saving girl on a ledge

Officer Daniel Schoonover could see the girl in the darkness as he climbed onto the roof. He crept along a low wall that separated two buildings, using the wall as cover. She was threatening to jump. The last thing he wanted to do was startle her. Schoonover last week recounted the incident, all of it caught on his body-mounted video camera and released by police Friday.

Authorities say heroin increasing its grip locally

Robberies, burglaries, thefts, prostitution and a lot of heartache in Rock County can be traced directly to the growing problem of heroin addiction. That's what law enforcement officers told officials Thursday at a meeting of the Rock County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. In Janesville alone, the number of heroin overdoses is poised to increase greatly this year.


Crosstown collision: Parker, Craig meet Thursday as Big Eight baseball contenders

Craig last won the Big Eight in 2001, while Parker hasn't won a conference title since the early 1990s. The two regular-season games between the crosstown rivals have always been a good draw at Riverside Park, but this Thursday night's clash is the most meaningful game the two teams have played against each other in years. Both teams are in the thick of the Big Eight race and are playing outstanding baseball.

D.S. Pledger: Encounters with grizzly bears dangerous but uncommon

Before heading West to hunt elk in the Rockies, outdoors columnist D.S. Pledger brushed up on what to do if he were to meet a bear on his journey. Travel with a group. Talk loudly. Avoid thick brush and walk with the wind at your back. In other words, do exactly the opposite of what you do when you're hunting elk.


Our Views: New Wisconsin laws offer hope for victims of domestic violence

Too often, law officers and victim advocates lack the power to prevent violence, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. But new state measures provide more tools for halting abusers bent on acting out.

Editor's Views: It's a myth that newspapers are bad for trees, forests

Buy a newspaper. Save a tree. Say what? Yes, that's right, and it's an enlightening message to spread so close to Earth Day, Editor Scott Angus writes.


Blues band Indigenous to play Janesville's Armory

It's a long way from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to Washington, D.C., where Mato Nanji performed in January 2013 to celebrate the re-election of President Barack Obama. That contrast is symbolic of his musical journey since the blues-rock band Indigenous burst onto the national scene 15 years ago. Now a leading Blues group, Indigenous will appear at the Armory on Thursday, May 1.

Takumi brightens Madison's East Towne area

Until recently, it had been a long time since restaurant reviewer Bill Livick had eaten sushi. He had forgotten what a pleasure it can be--until he visited Takumi Restaurant on Madison's east side. The restaurant is a gem, with a handsome dining room, good food and great service, he writes.


James Martin: Lenten passages offer strength

Easter has always been community blogger James Martin's favorite holiday. But the celebration, and the time leading up to it, took on greater significance after he was diagnosed with ALS.

Janice Peterson: Garden favorite faces devastating disease

Crop rotation has always been important, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. But a new, devastating plant disease affecting impatiens this year makes the practice even more critical.

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