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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Bird flu a flock of trouble
Bird flu is dominating the news almost more so than presidential politics and stories about police shootings.
Greg Peck: This Earth Day, five ways you can help environment
Every individual can play a role in being environmentally conscious. Here are five suggestions.
Greg Peck: Our litter habit would disgust Nelson
Have you ever gone for a drive, a bike ride or walk and noticed all the trash lining our streets? Earth Day's founder would be appalled.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points Show: Bucks/Brewers, state rankings and the Jets
Xtra Points Show: Bucks/Brewers, state rankings and the Jets
Rough weeks for Milwaukee's professional teams, state rankings for local high school teams and the Janesville Jets' next playoff series are the topics of this week's Xtra Points.
Xtra Points Show: Hockey, Bucks and spring preps
Xtra Points Show: Hockey, Bucks and spring preps
The success of local hockey talents, the Bucks' upcoming playoff trip and early thoughts on high school's spring sports are the topics of this week's Xtra Points show.
Xtra Points Show: Don't blame Badgers' loss on refs
Xtra Points Show: Don't blame Badgers' loss on refs
This week on Xtra Points, the guys discuss the Badgers' loss, the Brewers' mediocrity and Masters excitement.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Old home, sports dynasty, 1982 murder
Best of The Gazette: Old home, sports dynasty, 1982 murder
An 1860s home, a third generation in the sports hall of fame and an unsolved murder are among the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Web Desk: The blogs have moved to a better place
Web Desk: The blogs have moved to a better place
You might have noticed a change on GazetteXtra: The Blogs section has disappeared. But never fear. Our beloved bloggers still are on the site, just in a different place.
Best of The Gazette: Education, beef and dog flu
Best of The Gazette: Education, beef and dog flu
Some hopes for the Janesville School Board, local beef producers and a deadly dog sickness are among the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

Fuel and Tires

All about auto racing with Gazette staffer Dave von Falkenstein
Fuel & Tires: Sprint Cup in Richmond, IndyCar in Alabama
Fuel & Tires: Sprint Cup in Richmond, IndyCar in Alabama
Dave previews NASCAR's races Friday and Saturday in Richmond and IndyCar's annual visit to Alabama.
Fuel & Tires: Dixon tames Long Beach, Kenseth rain dances
Fuel & Tires: Dixon tames Long Beach, Kenseth rain dances
Dave reviews Matt Kenseth's win at Bristol, Scott Dixon triumphing at Long Beach and Lewis Hamilton winning in Bahrain.
Fuel & Tires: Weekend action for NASCAR, IndyCar, F1
Fuel & Tires: Weekend action for NASCAR, IndyCar, F1
Dave checks out what's happening in the racing world this weekend, with NASCAR in Bristol, IndyCar in Long Beach and Formula One in Bahrain.

ProjectLab

A team of do-it-yourselfers share their successes (and failures) on a variety of topics
Projectlab: Midnight carpet removal works wonders
Projectlab: Midnight carpet removal works wonders
Instead of going out to the bars one Saturday night, Nick Crow and his fiancee decided to tear up their old carpet. The fruits of their labor were more than worth the trade, Nick writes.
ProjectLab: A brighter kitchen on the cheap
ProjectLab: A brighter kitchen on the cheap
A little paint and a lot of assistance from family and friends helped one couple spruce up their kitchen for cheap, Andrew Reuter writes.
ProjectLab: Use foam to fix holes (but don't skip the gloves)
ProjectLab: Use foam to fix holes (but don't skip the gloves)
Spray foam can be just the ticket for fixing drafty house holes, DIY columnist Nick Crow writes. But if you try it, don't skip the gloves.

Press Start

Video game news, reviews and commentary with Gazette reporter Jake Magee
Press Start: How 'Minecraft' captured a generation
Press Start: How 'Minecraft' captured a generation
There's nothing wrong with "Minecraft" becoming the new "Lego" for kids, video game columnist Jake Magee writes.
Press Start: The importance of ratings, discretion
Press Start: The importance of ratings, discretion
I didn't get into gaming until I was in my double digits due to my parents' conservative stance on my controlling moving digital pictures when I could be outside playing sports instead. When I did have a system of my own, I was behind...
Press Start: What are indie games, and why are they great?
Press Start: What are indie games, and why are they great?
Independent games are more popular than ever. But the definition of the term "indie game" isn't cut and dry. Here's a guide from video game columnist Jake Magee.

The Hungry Reporter

Cooking and food talk with Gazette reporter Andrea Anderson
Hungry Reporter: Perfect chili recipe for a chilly day
Hungry Reporter: Perfect chili recipe for a chilly day
In her first food column for GazetteXtra, reporter Andrea Anderson offers a vegan chili recipe that's packed with flavor and easy to make.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: What if Abraham Lincoln had lived?
John W. Eyster: What if Abraham Lincoln had lived?
Community columnist John W. Eyster reflects on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Glen Loyd Videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: How to catch walleye on the Rock River
Glen Loyd Videos: How to catch walleye on the Rock River
Want to find out about fishing the Rock River and surrounding lakes? Ask Shawn McCarten of That's a Keeper Bait and Tackle in Janesville.
Glen Loyd Videos: Close up with 3 of our largest birds
Glen Loyd Videos: Close up with 3 of our largest birds
This week, Glen Loyd was fortunate to get up close and personal with three of our area's largest birds.
Glen Loyd Videos: More than just rocks await at show
Glen Loyd Videos: More than just rocks await at show
More than just rocks await visitors to the Monroe Rock, Gem and Mineral Show, says videographer Glen Loyd.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: On not knowing what you're really talking about
James Martin: On not knowing what you're really talking about
Writer James Martin thought he was talking to his fifth-grade daughter about Native Americans. But he was wrong, he soon learned.
James Martin: On becoming the man I rebelled against
James Martin: On becoming the man I rebelled against
It has been said that getting old beats the alternative, but looking into the social mirror is starting to make blogger James Martin wonder, he writes.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: Seeds, sales and an Impatiens warning
Janice Peterson: Seeds, sales and an Impatiens warning
Do you start your own seeds? Do you like saving cash on plants? Did you grow Impatiens last year? If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, then this column is for you.
Janice Peterson: When should I prune my hydrangeas?
Janice Peterson: When should I prune my hydrangeas?
Hydrangeas are worth growing, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. Jjust make sure you remember what variety you have so you'll know how to care for it.
Janice Peterson: How to survive as a left-handed gardener
Janice Peterson: How to survive as a left-handed gardener
There are no advantages to being left-handed, especially not in gardening, 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: Where can I go to buy, sell birds?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Where can I go to buy, sell birds?
Looking for a place to buy and sell chickens, turkeys and waterfowl? A traditional swap meet is your best bet, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Lucky for readers, a great local meet is right around the corner.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How do I build a home for my chicks?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How do I build a home for my chicks?
You don't have to spend a lot of money to build new digs for baby chicks, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. A cardboard box will do just fine.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How do I keep eggs from freezing?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How do I keep eggs from freezing?
It takes only about three hours for eggs to freeze when the temperature hovers around zero, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes.