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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Special broadcast to benefit VetsRoll
Nationally syndicated talk-show host Jim Bohannon is coming to Janesville, and WCLO wants his Monday appearance to benefit VetsRoll.
Greg Peck: Would you like to visit Cuba?
As word broke Wednesday about a new era of U.S.-Cuba relations, two of my colleagues expressed interest in visiting the island nation. Would you go?
Greg Peck: What's your favorite Christmas song?
When I was a kid, “Silent Night” was my favorite Christmas song. Not anymore.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
Word Badger: Some seasonal advice
What is the plural of your family name? Are you sure?
Word Badger: Cop talk, 10-4
The world of law enforcement is full of jargon.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: The NFC's No. 1 spot
Xtra Points: The NFC's No. 1 spot
A look at the contenders in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs—including the Green Bay Packers.
Xtra Points: The Game of the Century (So Far)
Xtra Points: The Game of the Century (So Far)
The Green Bay Packers host the New England Patriots at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.
Xtra Points: Big games teach big lessons
Xtra Points: Big games teach big lessons
Five games pitted winning teams against each other in Week 11.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Learning, loss and a local legend
Best of The Gazette: Learning, loss and a local legend
Dual-language classrooms, a memorial for a slain journalist and a tribute to a visionary coach are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Sausages, adventure and Common Core
Best of The Gazette: Sausages, adventure and Common Core
Encased meats, a journey through nature and teaching standards are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Scanners, venison and a deadly disease
Best of The Gazette: Scanners, venison and a deadly disease
Volunteer scanner listeners, waning hunting seasons and a little-known epidemic are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

PopCon: The Popular Conversation

Entertainment talk with Gazette staffers Andrew Beaumont, Andrew Reuter, Dave von Falkenstein and Shawn Sensiba
PopCon: When it comes to U2, haters gonna hate
PopCon: When it comes to U2, haters gonna hate
Upon the release of U2's new album through Apple's iTunes program, the backlash has been severe, though quite unnecessary.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Peace seminar offers rare opportunity
John W. Eyster: Peace seminar offers rare opportunity
Palestinian peacemaker Zoughbi Zoughbi's visit to Janesville is not an occasion to miss, community blogger John W. Eyster writes.
John W. Eyster: Consider the source in Burke attack
John W. Eyster: Consider the source in Burke attack
When it comes to the attack on Mary Burke from Republican operatives, John says it's important to consider the source.
John W. Eyster: Two holidays ripe for change
John W. Eyster: Two holidays ripe for change
Leif Erikson Day and Columbus Day are both on their way, and both could use some modification, community blogger John W. Eyster writes.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: Deputy city manager choice was a good one
Steve Knox: Deputy city manager choice was a good one
Though some have griped about Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag's recent hiring process, community blogger Steve Knox thinks the choice was a good one.
Steve Knox: Senior Center comment ruffles feathers
Steve Knox: Senior Center comment ruffles feathers
Community blogger Steve Knox unintentionally irritated some readers recently with his suggestion that the Janesville Senior Center needs a better name. What do you think?
Steve Knox: Council faces tough quality of life decisions
Steve Knox: Council faces tough quality of life decisions
Steve thinks it's time for quality of life activities in Janesville to go front-and-center.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: Feathered friends send Xmas cheer
Glen Loyd Videos: Feathered friends send Xmas cheer
Glen Loyd and his feathered friends send viewers some Christmas cheer in this week's video.
Glen Loyd Videos: The snowstorms of youth
Glen Loyd Videos: The snowstorms of youth
Famed Wisconsin author Bill Stokes offers viewers a story of snowstorms from his youth.
Glen Loyd Videos: Boy seeks nature, finds adventure
Glen Loyd Videos: Boy seeks nature, finds adventure
Glen Loyd digs into the archives for this week's video. In it, a bored boy goes out on an adventure in nature.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Screeching words for Common Core
James Martin: Screeching words for Common Core
Community blogger James Martin has long considered writing about Common Core education standards, but he stayed mute—until now.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: No garden is complete without garden art
Janice Peterson: No garden is complete without garden art
A garden is not really complete until it has a layer of garden art, blogger Janice Peterson writes. Fortunately, winter leaves gardeners with plenty of time to decorate their plots.
Janice Peterson: The confusing chaos behind plant names
Janice Peterson: The confusing chaos behind plant names
Mysterious plant labeling is a consequence of patents and trademarks, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at that system.
Janice Peterson: Plant education, right here at home
Janice Peterson: Plant education, right here at home
Garden blogger Janice Peterson recently attended a horticulture training session at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville. What better way to spend a cold Saturday in fall?

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: How much space do I need for my poultry?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How much space do I need for my poultry?
The amount of space you have for your birds is almost more important than the type of coop, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here's a handy chart to help you plan.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Find a local Thanksgiving turkey
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Find a local Thanksgiving turkey
It's not too early to be thinking about your Thanksgiving turkey, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here's some tips for tracking down a tasty, local bird.