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  1. Pope Francis greats the crowd after the Easter mass on April 20, 2014 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Easter Sunday celebrates the Christian belief in Jesus's death and resurrection and is marked around the world, often with a variety of not strictly religious local traditions like painted eggs or Easter Bunnies. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images AFP/Getty Images

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter (with photo gallery)

    VATICAN CITY (AP) Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

    • 7:55 AM
  2. City Notes: Apartment rezoning advances despite complaints by neighbors

    After years of battling a proposed apartment complex on Plank Road, neighbors living on Huckleberry Lane failed to convince Appleton's council to reject a controversial rezoning.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  3. Manishkumar M. Patel, 34, of Kaukauna, Wis., (left) sits with his attorney, Thomas Zoesch during his initial court appearance at the Outagamie County Justice Center in Appleton, Wis., on Nov. 29, 2007. Patel is accused of several serious offenses including the attempted first degree intentional homicide of an unborn child. THE POST-CRESCENT

    The Bigger Picture: Bond forfeited by criminal defendant pays off for taxpayers

    In some cases, the best bang for a county taxpayer's buck starts with money that didn't originate from his wallet.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  4. Duke Behnke's Watchdog Q&A: We're still getting power from Fox River

    Q With today's smarts, why can't we put generators in the Fox River under the Memorial Drive or College Avenue bridges in Appleton to generate power? The water is running 24/7.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  5. Grant Pauly, co-owner of 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan, is following his ancestors' footsteps who owned the Kingsbury Breweries Company before selling the business in the 1970s. Justin Kabbes/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Sheboygan craft brewer riding his 'waterslide'

    Grant Pauly could have had a stable career at his family's Kiel-based concrete company.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  6. A detailed view of a large homemade painted canvas on display on the lawn of the Boston Common on April 16 in Boston. The canvases include written messages from all 50 states as well as some signed and donated by professional sports teams as part of the America For Boston campaign. Getty Images

    1,200 miles away in Appleton, Boston will be remembered

    All eyes will be on Boston come Monday.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  7. The Appleton-based MacDowell Male Chorus, marking its 80th anniversary, will perform three concerts in the Fox Cities. Submitted

    80 years later, MacDowell chorus still in good voice

    One of the Fox Valley's most enduring and often overlooked arts groups is marking a significant milestone this spring.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  8. Enjoy the spectacular spring tulip show in May, but do not remove the stem and leaves until they have naturally died back. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Month-to-month gardening: A guide to keep your garden growing this spring and summer

    Here's information that will guide you through the planting season through summer.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Is it end of Christianity? Not so fast

    Today, Easter Sunday, is one of the most important holidays of the year for Christians throughout the world. More people go to church today in the United States than probably any other Sunday during the year.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  10. Little Chute High School junior Aiden Meyer rehearses with the Fox Valleyaires Men's Barbershop Chorus at First English Lutheran Church in Appleton. Adam Wesley/Post-Crescent Media

    Young recruits help take barbershoppers to 'Hollywood'

    Singing songs like 'Goodnight Ladies' and 'Lida Rose,' Tyler Lifke fell in love with barbershop music as a junior playing Jacey Squires in Xavier High School's production of 'The Music Man.'

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  11. Daylilies will be the hot topic when the American Hemerocallis Society Region 2 Summer Meeting comes to Green Bay in July. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Spring and summer are filled with gardening classes, workshops and events

    Contact the organization listed for additional information, cost and registration information.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Editorial: Take closer look at UW tuition freeze

    Another billion-dollar University of Wisconsin System surplus calls for another two-year tuition freeze. At least that's the view taken by Gov. Scott Walker.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Here's Obamacare news you probably missed

    Did you hear the latest news about Obamacare?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. Owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the nickname of Washington's NFL team. Getty Images

    From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

    Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It's a tale historians find suspect.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Howard Porter of Appleton has volunteered at the Appleton Public Library for 12 years. Graham Washatka/For Post-Crescent Media

    Appleton retiree helps community learn importance of APL

    Howard Porter wears many hats as a volunteer at the Appleton Public Library.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16. Fundraisers ahead as of April 20

    B.A.B.E.S. Inc.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Deaths for April 20

    ADRIAN, Virginia W.; 94, Menasha

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  18. Reg Wydeven column: Dying for a plan that doesn't alienate families

    When I was little, my folks took us to see 'Pete's Dragon.' The Disney flick was about a boy and his dragon, Elliott, who ran away from their abusive foster family.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. Tom Still column: With company life spans growing shorter, young companies help fill the gap

    The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. Susan Bach column: Understanding your credit score

    Since my oldest son is in college now, I plan to have 'the talk' with him when he's home from school this weekend for the Easter holiday. Yes, we're going to talk about his credit score and how it can either be his best friend or his worst enemy.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  21. Alan Prahl column: Finding relief from financial storms

    How much does the weather influence your mood? If the sky is heavy with foreboding grey clouds, and torrential rain is about to be unleashed, what happens to your attitude? Are you anxious and preoccupied with the storm?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  22. Volunteer opportunities as of April 20

    Hearthstone Historic House Museum: Volunteers are needed at the first residence in the world to have electricity from a centralized Edison hydro-electric system. Volunteer forms are available during tour hours.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  23. Farmer

    Campus notes: LU convocation to feature health pioneer

    Internationally renowned medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer will deliver the Lawrence University convocation, 'In the Company of the Poor,' at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. Eru Matsumoto, a Julliard-educated professional cellist who has performed all over the world, joined the Badger State Girl Choir at their Carnege Hall performance. She also will join the choir for a May 2 concert in Neenah. Submitted

    Arts notes: Girl Choir takes the stage at NYC's Carnegie Hall

    The Badger State Girl Choir, under the direction of Kevin Meidl, performed a solo concert last week in New York's renowned Carnegie Hall.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. More than 2,000 volunteers across six states were keeping an eye out for cranes last weekend in the annual International Crane Foundation Midwest Crane Count. David Horst/For Post-Crescent Media

    Watching the morning arrive? Count me in

    The annual International Crane Foundation Midwest Crane Count is a special morning for me, one I've shared with others only a couple of times.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  26. Connor Corum (left) and Greg Kinnear are featured in a scene from 'Heaven is for Real.' The movie is playing at Marcus' Appleton East and Hollywood theaters. Sony Pictures

    Religious movies can stretch, strengthen faith

    Trailer: 'Heaven Is for Real'

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  27. Katie Demerath of Appleton shops with her son, Henry, at Just Act Natural, 129 E. College Ave on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Appleton, WI. Adam Wesley/Post-Crescent Media Adam Wesley/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Earth Day/Earth Week celebrations

    Just Act Natural celebrates the earth every day, but this week the shop gets a welcome boost in sales when everyone else jumps in.

    • Apr. 19, 2014

    From the Editor: An election victory isn't always easy to survive

    Back in the day, my dad was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the Town of Nashville, in Forest County.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  29. Community gardens are about much more than simply growing food. Communities are enriched, and families are helping families. Submitted

    Local community gardens offer something much deeper than flowers and vegetables

    When most people think of a community garden, they think of simply a place where they can go to rent a small plot of land, plant some food and have a bit of private garden space where they can work the land and nurture their favorite plants and crops for

    • Apr. 17, 2014

    Neenah students raise money for 3-year-old after reading 'Wonder'

    Brynn Rosplochowski is just like every other 3-year-old. She loves to dance, sing and play with her older brother.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  31. Update: Winnebago authorities rescue 22 animals from Town of Clayton home

    OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) A Winnebago County woman has been arrested after authorities found nearly two dozen animals living in deplorable conditions in the Town of Clayton.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  32. Braun's late blasts lift Brewers over Pirates

    Ryan Braun hit a pair of late home runs, including a two-run blast with two out in the ninth to lift the Brewers past the Pirates to an 8-7 victory Saturday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Nerf game draws ire from school, police officials

    Students at Wausau West High School could be breaking the law with an increasingly popular game that involves teams of students stalking one another with Nerf guns, according to a letter sent to parents this week.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  34. Try one of these great planting and gardening methods this season to get the most of your new raised-bed garden. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    The Family Garden: The raised bed is ready to go; now how should I plant?

    If you have spent the time and energy to design and create a raised bed in your garden, be equally as creative with how you plant it. There are so many options available to gardeners that go beyond rows of identical crops. Explore some of these this year with your family and try growing backyard crops a whole new way.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  35. Swing voters likely will decide next governor: Burke, Walker covet support of undecided 7 percent in the state

    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  36. Keep shrubs and trees well-pruned and tidy to give your home and property extra selling value. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Curb appeal: 10 landscaping projects that add value to your home

    Increase your property value and curb appeal at the same time with outdoor projects and design ideas aimed at enhancing outdoor living spaces, creating rooms outdoors and transforming your yards and landscaping.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  37. Four-vehicle pile-up injures 5 in Howard

    Five people were injured in a four-vehicle pile-up Friday in the village of Howard, authorities said.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  38. Be sure to check siding, stone, patios, gutters, lawns and garden beds in spring for any signs of trouble. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Ready for spring: Home maintenance tips to help keep your property in check

    Spring finally has arrived and before you know it, the heat and humidity of summer will be upon us.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  39. A 3-year-old boy plays with stuffed toys on Aptil 14 inside a claw crane game machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. RACHELLE HILDRETH/AP

    The week's odd news: Toddler gets stuck inside claw machine game

    A toddler was reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley, authorities say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  40. The Hietpas family of Little Chute went deep sea fishing 35 miles off the coast of Cancun last month and reeled in five sailfish. Pictured are Jim, Nick, Scott and Kyle Hietpas. Photo courtesy of Jean Hietpas

    Little Chute family snags big catch on fishing trip in Cancun

    The Hietpas house is no different than most. There are trophies here and there, signifying the accomplishments of their children.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  41. Jose Pena powers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to win

    Jose Pena's two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning sparked the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' 5-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Saturday in a Midwest League game at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  42. Kaukauna Ghosts win softball tourney title

    The Kaukauna softball team made short work of its competition at the Sun Prairie Invitational on Saturday.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  43. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley will be opening a Menasha location. Post-Crescent Media

    Editorial: Thumbs Up and Down

    Thumbs Up: To everyone involved with the Fox Cities Book Festival.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  44. Lawrence Vikings earn softball split with Carroll

    Liz Barthels tossed a five-hit shutout in the nightcap to help the Lawrence University softball team to a split of a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Carroll University on Saturday.

    • Apr. 19, 2014

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