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Domestic Violence

Wisconsin Cracks Down on Domestic Violence with Legislation Reform
Kelsey Johnson

New legislation passed in Wisconsin to better address the ongoing problem of domestic abuse. The law aims to help women and children gain access to programs they need and reclaim a sense of security. Past legislation left glaring holes in terms of safety for these women and children. Residents are hopeful the new laws will better serve the afflicted…

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Infused Liquor

Infusing Spring Flavors into Tasty Liquor
Samantha Baker

Spring is in the air. Do you know what that means? Farmers markets are right around the corner. What could possibly be better than strolling along in the warm sun, buying freshly picked fruits, herbs or vegetables from local distributors? Adding a dash of liquor to the mixture, of course…

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Wiki

Wiki Wednesday: Gary Gygax
Rachel Weeks

Dungeons & Dragons is best known as the pastime of the quintessential nerd — D&D players are portrayed as the “epitome of geekdom,” according to the Wikipedia page … and not in a good way. But 40 years after its creation, D&D — the first and most famous modern role-playing game — is still going strong. Just check out the comedy chops of these famous D&D players: Stephen Colbert, Vin Diesel, James Franco, Dan Harmon, Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, Robin Williams and Rainn Wilson…

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meth

Meth: The Rich History of the Poor Man’s Drug
Information by Hilary Abrahamson
Art by Leah Walters

Methamphetamines are everywhere: on TV, in the news and a constant part of anti-drug campaigns. But the meth outbreak began long ago, thousands of miles away. “There’s not that much that’s new about it, even though people think of it as new,” Nick Reding, author of Methland, said. His book discusses the influence of the drug in small-town America. “It’s a drug that’s perfectly suited for the American cultural norms of success.” From military to medicinal purposes, learn how the use of meth evolved from an asthma treatment to a Midwest epidemic…

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UX Design

User Experience Designers: the Unnoticed Superheroes of Today
Kylie Rush & Samantha Baker

There’s a little blue “unsubscribe” button in the upper right-hand corner of a website. Everything from the color, the size and the location evokes a certain response from the user. But say the link was red and at the bottom of the page. Those alterations could entirely change the way the user interacts with the site and how it makes them feel…

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Rookie

Baseball’s Favorite Rookie
Bailey Berg

Since baseball’s opening day last week, America has been buzzing about its favorite national pastime. But one rookie has received more attention than any other.
Hank — named after the Brewers’ most famous right fielder, Hank Aaron — was a stray dog who wandered to the Brewers’ spring break Arizona training facility in February. He won the players over and quickly became the unofficial mascot of the Brew Crew…

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Autism Toys

Minneapolis-St. Paul Toy Store Creates Toys for Kids with Autism
Lillian Schrock

There is no cure for autism, but early treatment can improve a child’s quality of life. A Minneapolis-St. Paul toy store has launched a line of autism-specific toys for kids to do what they do best — play…

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Epilepsy

Medical Marijuana Saves the Lives of Children
Hali Ortega

It was bedtime for Zaki. His mother, Heather Jackson, went through the routine of pulling together a makeshift bed next to her own and tucking her 10-year-old son into the blankets. He couldn’t sleep in his parents’ bed tonight — Dad had to work in the morning…

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Toki

Q&A with Rapper Toki Wright
Bailey Berg

Toki Wright has quite the résumé. The Twin Cities-based rapper has recorded with Atmosphere, opened for Brother Ali and was a coach on MTV’s “Made.” With roles that run the gamut from wordsmith and rap professor to community organizer and humanitarian, he’s got a lot on his plate. Think Mag sat down with Wright during the sound-check for the first show of his latest tour, “Pangaea,” to discuss spoken word, originality and his impressive head of hair…

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An Unexpected Passion

An Unexpected Passion
Taylor Soule

A volunteer embraces a grinning child in a brochure photo. Inside, “Fun Facts” provide a peek into a nonprofit’s now-global impact. It all looks so … carefree, even perfect. Before the tender snapshot made it to the glossy brochure, though, a small group of people gathered in an office…

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Folks

Folks of the Midwest
Fred Griffin

“Where did you get this ring in your nose? Like a pig. I grew up on a plantation and my daddy used to put rings in their nose like that. … I ran away when I was 15 from Chelsea, Miss., and came to Chicago when MLK got killed.”

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Word

Word of the Week: Hero
Taylor Soule

f you put it on the Internet, it’s there forever. A modern band of digital superheroes — a.k.a. user interface designers — make it simple for us to navigate the vast realm of the Internet. Though the World Wide Web didn’t emerge until the late-20th century, those Internet superheroes date back, oddly enough, to the 16th century…

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