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Click a category. Browse. Read a bit here and there. Just stories meant to be told. Tom Alesia writes about the famous and infamous, the extraordinary and ordinary.

Beauty at Short: Dave Bancroft, the Most Unlikely Hall of Famer and His Wild Times in Baseball's First Century

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1993, he’s written for major daily newspapers, including ones in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis as well as USA Today and magazines from TV Guide to Indiana University Alumni. Here’s a look at some of his favorites, many from Madison’s Wisconsin State Journal. Now working at McFarland’s Indian Mound Middle School, he loves when students begin lifelong reading and writing journeys.

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Quadriplegic Jimmy Anderson wins Assembly race

Five years ago, a drunken driver raced through a stop sign and slammed the Anderson’s family car. The crash killed his parents and brother and left Anderson paralyzed from the chest down. On Tuesday, he won election to Wisconsin’s state assembly.

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Jon Stewart emerges from comic crowd

“A guy brought trained condors and one flew out in the audience, and we stood there dumbstruck while it bit an audience member’s back,” Stewart says. “I was staring at this huge bird gawking in the audience. The trainer’s sitting there, `Hey, man, maybe you should go to commercial.’ And I said (angrily), `Hey, maybe you should get your bird.'”

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"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." - Robert Frost


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