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Susan Carpenter has been the University of Wisconsin Arboretum's go-to expert on the rusty-patched bumblebee ever since the bee joined the endangered species list earlier this year. 

The native plants gardener at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum has been collecting information on the bee and leads workshops on how to best survey and attract it by growing the native plants it needs to survive. Southern Wisconsin is one of the only remaining rusty-patched bee habitat regions in the world. Carpenter became fascinated with them after a bee expert visited the Arboretum in 2011 and took a photo of the bee. 

Juan Gonzalez Torres is a local farmer and owner of Los Abuelos Farley Farm. He learned his farming skills from his family’s business in Mexico. His family has been devoted to selling and planting produce since he was a child. Gonzalez Torres first immigrated to the United States from Puebla, Mexico in 2003. He arrived to Madison in November 2003 to join his sister. Prior to Madison, he had spent his time picking grapes in Californian fields. Initially, Gonzalez Torres worked in restaurants for about seven years but ended up finding a way to do what he loved, farming.

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Megan Cain is a garden educator, writer and speaker. In addition to teaching classes and offering consulting services around Madison, Cain offers tips for gardening novices and experts through her website, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, where people can sign up for her free email list or purchase her books. 

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Construction of Starting Block, a Madison entrepreneurship resource center, is now underway at 821 East Washington Avenue.

As  construction on the building progresses and the new group gears up for its opening next year, Chandra Miller Fienen discusses the importance of the city's startup scene, what has changed since she has been here, and what opportunities are available for women aiming to start businesses. 

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Dave de Felice has seen a lot of changes on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. When he was elected in 2004, the liberals and conservatives were in a pitched battle for control of the board. Thirteen years later, conservatives, or what passes for conservatives in ever-more-liberal Dane County, are nearly invisible.

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Schwab isn’t under the illusion that Stein, who’s polling at about 2 percent nationally, is going to be sworn in as the country’s 45th president in January. But he’s optimistic that her candidacy will further efforts to break the two-party lock on American politics by coalescing social justice movements across the country under one umbrella.

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One trip eventually turned into three, and the experience turned into a new book, “Braving It.” In addition to being an exciting tale of survival in one of the most remote places in the Western Hemisphere, the book also meditates on father-daughter relationships. 

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Ryan Owens, a professor of political science and an honorary fellow for the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently spoke with the Cap Times and offered insights on the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and put the current battle over the court’s open spot into judicial and political context.

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