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43: Is it time for a reassessment of George W. Bush?

As this year’s rough and tumble election cycle has run its course, one person has quietly reaped the benefits: George W. Bush. The 43rd president, who left office with a horrid 22 percent approval rating, has rebounded enormously. A June 2015 CNN/ORC poll showed 52

Gawker folds under weight of financial woes

A little over two months after blog Gawker was forced to declare bankruptcy, the website was forced to cease operations. Gawker Media’s six other property sites — Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku and Lifehacker — are able to continue under the control of Univision Communications

Review: “Double Vanity” – BRONCHO

On paper, the Norman, Okla.-based band BRONCHO are frequently dubbed “garage pop.” But when you consider the cavernous sound they cultivated for their third LP, Double Vanity, “warehouse pop” might be the better description. In fact, Double Vanity was recorded in a warehouse. But man,

Beloit School Board electees are a disgrace

While most eyes were turned to the presidential primary during Tuesday’s election day, many overlooked or underestimated the severity of two local electoral decisions: the election of Pam Charles and re-election of Shannon Scharmer to the Beloit School Board. With 4,011 votes, Charles was the

Paul Ryan elected Speaker of the House

  Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district was elected the 54th Speaker of the House on Thursday, Oct. 29, taking over the position from John Boehner. Ryan, 45, is the youngest speaker of the House since 1869, when James G. Blaine took over

Attack on Paris leaves 132 dead

Paris was the scene of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13 that have, at the time of this writing, left 132 dead and more than 350 injured. Beginning just after 9 p.m. in Paris, two suicide bombers detonated

Rock County facing heroin epidemic

At first glance, Rock County, and Beloit in particular, probably does not strike many as a likely stronghold for drug trafficking in the United States. But when one considers the county and city’s proximity to Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee and the interstate, Rock County and Beloit