January 2013: Free Agent


Free Agent
Unexpectedly fired with no public explanation, former Milwaukee County parks director Sue Black is charting a new course for the future. But will her plan include Milwaukee?
By Cristina Daglas

The Third Degree
For-profit colleges provide an alternative to traditional postsecondary education. But are they filling an educational gap or taking advantage of vulnerable students?
By Stephanie Beecher, Abby Callard and Claire Hanan

Yukon Gold
Frigid adventure awaits on the area’s ski trails.
By Tom Held


Of All the Gin Joints
A little bit of Wisconsin is growing in an unlikely place.
By Maureen Post 

Disaster, Inc.
Billions in bonds for storm relief have either gone nowhere or to companies that suffered no damage.
By David Steinkraus

Sole Survivor
Eight years later, rabies remains at the center of one Fond du Lac woman’s life.
By Corrinne Hess

Blame Game
Was Johnson Controls responsible for a rash of lead poisoning in China?
By Rich Rovito

Let your rental properties go, and the city could take you to court. Just ask these guys.
By Steve Pease

Linked In
Since King Charles II, cuff links have put the polish in menswear.
By Claire Hanan 

Three Times the Harm
Women and girls who exercise too hard and don’t eat enough risk the serious implications of the female athlete triad.
By Erin O’Donnell


Uncommon Ground
They wanted to build a Packers stadium. They ended up with so much more.
By Howie Magner


Outside Chance
Dean Jensen’s gallery has become a home for young local artists like Claire Stigliani, as well as a showcase for some unexpected “outsiders.”
By Maureen Post


Dancing With Wolves
With a somewhat esoteric name, the successor to the old Roots Restaurant goes from inventive “ta-da” dining to casual, simple grazing fare in a mere six weeks.
By Ann Christenson

Down to Earth
It’s not wild, but it is earthy down in the Valley. Buried deep inside this center of smoke and clanging slot machines is good, rustic Italian dining.
By Ann Christenson


Agent of Change
A major player in the FBI’s Milwaukee Division covers topics ranging from the Sikh temple shooting to human trafficking.
By Matt Hrodey


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