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Eric Hainstock: Eric Hainstock: Free at last

Eric Hainstock's first letter to Isthmus, dated April 15, 2008, got right to the point: "When I was 15 years old I shot my high school principal. I never meant for this to happen. He grabbed me from behind and I got scared. I was already pretty stressed, so that freaked me out even more. Please don't get me wrong, I am not blaming Mr. Klang for grabbing me. But I am blaming him, the teachers, social services and the school as a whole for never listening to me.... No one ever listened." >More


Timebank idea travels to Allied Drive

Maxine Bryant wants to open a store where her neighbors can buy baby formula, diapers, toothpaste -- and maybe groceries to tide them over when the food pantry is closed. >More
 The life of Eric Hainstock: A timeline

This chronology is drawn from psychological reports from experts who had access to school, court, social service and mental health records. >More
 Eric Hainstock's letters from the edge

In preparing this story, I exchanged more than a dozen letters with Eric Hainstock. In all, Hainstock sent 19 letters, totaling about 40 pages. Most of these letters responded to specific questions from Isthmus. But some raised topics of Hainstock's own choosing. >More
 Eric Hainstock: A child writes to a widow

A few weeks after he shot and killed John Klang, his high school principal, Eric Hainstock wrote a letter to Klang's widow. >More


The totalitarian Olympics

I would be a lot more excited about the summer Olympics if the host country weren't fielding teams of athletes who are essentially forced laborers. Talk about taking the fun out of sports. >More
 Up close and personal

A family gene pool is like lingering floodwater. The longer it's around the more likely the bad stuff will float to the top. I inherited a river of traits from my father. Thick, wavy hair. The ability to tell a joke. Dangerously high cholesterol. >More
 American Apparel: Cotton basics for the hip

Buyer, beware: A hipster invasion is at hand. Unless you missed the (giant) advertisements and the (giant) posters of provocatively posed women in the unfinished windows, you caught wind some time ago that American Apparel is coming to town - State Street, to be exact, where the Reebok store used to be. >More
 Hit job

This is to the 27-year-old woman who wanted to know how to deal with all the men who come up to her at the gym and give her advice on her workouts (7/18/08). As a 42-year-old woman, my first thought - and I'm shocked you didn't think of this, Mr. Right - was, "Um, they're hitting on you." I stopped going to the gym because of creepy guys who use it as a way to meet women. >More


Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: That old-time religion

Now in its fifth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival has become an established part of the city's summer music calendar. This year one of the highlights is an appearance by multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, who, much like his famous half-brother Pete Seeger, has used his banjo, fiddle, autoharp and voice to advance the cause of old-time music in this country for over half a century. >More
 Opera in the Park draws an appreciative crowd

Madison Opera's seventh annual Opera in the Park was a lively show that reportedly drew over 13,000 people. The generous, diverse program featured four singers, each with two or more solos. Their voices are attractive and strong, but strength was too often their primary aim. >More
 We Are Scientists tell fibs about themselves

On a dusty plain, We Are Scientists dress up like cowboys. They demonstrate their macho zeal by wrestling down a herd of finely groomed Pomeranian pups. In a swank restaurant, We Are Scientists date a beautiful blond. They stare at her with creepy infatuation and pour syrup on their frontman's lap. >More



Arty kids

Madison is justly famous for its bicycle paths, lakes and world-class university. If you ask parents why they love the city, chances are they will name the school system as a reason. But one aspect of Madison that is frequently, and unjustly, overlooked is the wealth of artistic opportunities for children of all ages. >More
 Gifts that keep giving

Courting donors has long been a fact of museum life. Most institutions hope that, either in the short term or after their passing, art collectors will donate all or part of their treasures. While it's a delicate dance, when it comes together, the public stands to benefit. To wit, the UW's Chazen Museum of Art is currently showing two exhibitions based on the personal collections of donors. >More
 To kill or not to kill?

The line between good and bad cop shows is often thin. At first glance, Flashpoint (Friday, 9 p.m., CBS) seems like a standard entry in the genre: The members of a Strategic Response Unit deal with conflicts at home while handling hostage situations at work. But this series is a cut above. >More
 Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is so magnificent and addictive, people might get lost in it for months. You can portray any of many historical figures: Gandhi, Elizabeth I, Lincoln, Caesar, Napoleon. Then, you control that leader's country from the Stone Age to the Space Age. You juggle your nation's resources in order to build armies, construct temples, universities and other structures, and fortify your cities. >More


The Wackness: Head case

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be, but try telling that to writer-director Jonathan Levine, who's reached all the way back to 1994 for his somewhat autobiographical coming-of-age movie The Wackness. You may have forgotten the words "dope" and "wack." It may have been a while since you started a sentence with "Yo." Your pair of Air Jordans may be long gone or safely tucked away on the top shelf of your closet. But here they all are. >More
 The X-Files: I Want to Believe: Still out there

It's been six long years since Fox Mulder and Dana Scully closed their last X-file, but neither of them appears much worse for wear in their second movie outing, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Show creator Chris Carter, who directed and co-wrote the script, has decided to strip things down this time around - no alien abductions, no Cigarette Smoking Man, no conspiracies involving everybody from J. Edgar Hoover to E.T., just man in all his depravity and the greatest extraterrestrial of them all, God. Luckily, having at least one foot on the ground turns out to be a good thing. If you want to get truly lost, you'll just have to watch Lost. >More
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Bistro 101: The summer report

At the end of a glowing July, country trips are a constant lure, though Madison is oddly lively for midsummer and about to get livelier with the reopening of the original Muramoto on King Street. I'm especially enjoying the peaches at Brennan's (the kind that spit juice, not the mealy, potato-like versions that most groceries sell) and the fish tacos at Tex Tubbs' Taco Palace, which are elegantly designed little meals-in-one, and cheap. >More
 Future fruit

I'm an urban forager, one of those loons who dig up dandelion greens in May and in October scrutinize parks for shaggy-bark trees in hopes of finding hickory nuts. In recent weeks, if you came across a riderless brown Schwinn lying near the Capitol City bike trail, with leaves rustling close by, that was me hidden in the foliage, plucking mulberries. >More


Take a hike

Kevin Revolinski has a new kayak. It's strapped to the roof of his car as he pulls into the north parking lot at Cherokee Marsh. He gets out of the car and sets off down a trail. The boat stays on the car. He's not here to paddle, but to talk about his new book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Madison (Menasha Ridge Press, $16.95). >More
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