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Best of The Gazette, May 26: Music, ashes and a grenade attack

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Andrew Reuter
May 26, 2015

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:


One year later: Grenade attack still hurting Janesville family

A Janesville family that was victim of a police raid in Georgia one year ago still suffers, they tell The Gazette. Scars remain on Baby Bou Bou's lips. Years and years of surgeries are ahead for the boy. And unseen wounds linger. “He's still having constant nightmares, nearly every night,” said his mother, Alecia.

Anna Marie Lux: New WWI book includes Janesville doughboys

Does anyone recall the Janesville doughboys of Cantigny? Among them were Harry Gums and Otto Hansen, two young privates who faced German machine-gun fire in America's first battle of World War I. Today, Matthew J. Davenport is determined to make Cantigny a familiar word again. He wrote a new book, "First Over There," about the World War I battle.


Tyler Westrick leaving indelible mark on Milton High sports

Tyler Westrick stuck with three sports—football, basketball and baseball—and will graduate next month as one of the most decorated three-sport athletes in Milton High history. Earning all-conference first-team honors in one sport is a difficult task. Doing it in three sports is virtually unheard of, but that's exactly what Westrick has done.

Ted Peck: Time to catch a crappie is now

The crappie bite is on fire now all over Wisconsin as papermouth slabs move into the shallows for their annual spawning rendezvous. Exploring these nearly endless fish magnets takes time. Hiring a good guide always is a good idea when time is limited or you're fishing unfamiliar water, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes.


Our Views: Porch light project is another great idea for proactive policing

Janesville Police Chief Dave Moore's efforts are changing lives, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. The latest example: Operation Porch Light, a project to cast more light on troubled areas of the city.

Greg Peck: We're covering our ash (again)

Greg Peck wrote a check for $305 Tuesday just to protect a tree. But he was happy to do so. Eventually, the tiny ash borer will kill every untreated tree in the city.


Restaurant review: Abbey Resort's 240° West takes dining to a higher degree

In the last decade, the Abbey Resort has benefited from a $50 million renovation. One of the final touches was the opening of two restaurants, Bar West and 240° West, in May 2014. From the gorgeous lobby to the manicured grounds, the renovation appears to have injected new life into the once-shabby Abbey.

Rock County Historical Society shares eclectic collections in 'Caches & Curios' exhibit

Ever wanted to see George Kemp Tallman's weapons? What about Willa Bagley's Hora Egg collection? If so, the Rock County Historical Society's “Caches & Curios” exhibit, which features cool and strange collections with a local twist, is right up your alley.


Whitewater teen musician climbing musical ladder

When Jeremy Reutebuch was a toddler, he would spread out empty cookie tins and Tupperware on the kitchen table and bang on them with whatever he could find. Spatulas, spoons, markers, you name it, he used it to make a beat. Now, Jeremy, 15, is one of the youngest members of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony going to Europe for nearly two weeks this summer to perform in Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary.

ProjectLab: Make a floorplan with your iPhone, no measuring required

“RoomScan” draws floor plans all by itself, just by touching your walls with your iPhone. But don't expect the app to replace your tape measure, DIY columnist Andrew Reuter writes.

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