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Best of The Gazette, July 14: Poverty, flying cars and the Klawitter saga

By Andrew Reuter
July 14, 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:


Historic aviation event prompts memories of Berlin Airlift

James Zillmer of Janesville was among U.S. Air Force mechanics who kept the planes running during the lifesaving Berlin Airlift in Germany. Now, 65 years later, he shares his story with News columnist Anna Marie Lux.

American dreaming: Locals react to Rep. Ryan's poverty ideas

Some local poverty warriors consider Rep. Paul Ryan's poverty proposals.


Tom Miller: Weighing in on Klawitter saga

The Janesville School District announced Friday that Jennah (Burkholder) Hartwig had been hired to replace Tom Klawitter as the Parker High girls basketball coach. But trying to get more of this story was difficult, Sports columnist Tom Miller writes.

Fuel & Tires: Can flying race cars be grounded?

With another race car hitting a catch fence and injuring spectators recently, is there anything that can be done to keep these cars on the ground? Auto racing columnist Dave von Falkenstein doesn't think so.


Our Views: Newspapers up to watchdog task in open-records battle

Wisconsin newspapers remain powerful and have served notice that they're ready to pounce on any plan to weaken the state's open records law, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Greg Peck: Heavy-duty fireworks in my Janesville neighborhood

Some folks in Greg Peck's neighborhood were launching heavy-duty fireworks Saturday evening. He wasn't amused.


Almost 85 shows later, Tropp still loves musical theater

For almost 30 years, Jim Tropp has produced musical theater, mostly in Rock County. “Phantom of the Opera” is his 85th production.

Clinton High School band director leaves legacy of music

In 62 years of teaching, Ann Dane Harsevoort touched countless lives over several generations with the power of music.


Residents race across Walworth County in gimmick rally

While it might be disconcerting to imagine full-grown adults performing strange tasks in a Delavan park, it was all part of the fun of the second annual gimmick rally the precedes the Cars Time Forgot car show at Delavan's Lake Lawn Resort.

Ask a Poultry Farmer: Why I changed my mind on oyster shells in chicken feed

Dale ends up with egg on his face after changing the feed for his chickens.


Xtra Points: Catching up on the Brewers, Bucks and Badgers

After a couple weeks off, Sports reporter John Barry and Editor Eric Schmoldt return to catch up on the Brewers' latest winning streak, the Bucks' offseason moves and Bo Ryan's big Badgers announcement.

Glen Loyd Videos: Scenes from a rainy day

Glen Loyd captures a grey day soaked with a heavy rain, an evening with enchanting orange clouds, and a night graced by a full yellow moon.