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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
Thursday, Aug. 21, is the next installment of the entertaining and informative PechaKucha at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Some of Springfield’s movers-and-shakers take the stage and talk about...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 Those – and there were a substantial number in attendance – who saw Boston at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday will, I suppose, have one of two reactions.It was really cool! They played al...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
One public service that people really like and count on is the post office – which literally delivers for us.Antigovernment ideologues and privatization dogmatists, however, hate the very word “pu...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
As you probably know by now, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago has agreed to drop all felony charges against Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, and has charged him instead with a simpl...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 Most of my summer desserts focus on seasonal fruits at their succulently flavorful peak: berries, melons, peaches, nectarines and plums bought at farmers markets and roadside stands. But tropica...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 One who worked long hours on the float entered in the State Fair parade by the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances said she was “heartbroken” when rain canceled the parade and the group’s chanc...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 It’s a night for taking back the streets. Springfield joined hundreds of communities around the nation in the National Night Out on Aug. 5. Several neighborhoods in Springfield held block part...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am

A lot of people are not happy where they live

To borrow a phrase, all happy cities are alike; each unhappy city is unhappy in its own way. To learn a bit about what those unhappy ways are, three economists at Harvard and the University of British...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 As a founder and longtime member of the popular “trop rock” band Boat Drunks, Mike Miller spends his time making music. He retired from the BDs in 2008 after several successful years, then r...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he’s been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and ha...

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