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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:04 am
 One of the things I feared would happen when Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars universe and announced an ambitious slate of movies that would take us to that galaxy far, far away on an...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:03 am
 As we approach the point of saturation and consternation of the Christmas excess surrounding and encompassing our lives at this time, perhaps it’s best to succumb to the magic of the moment, i...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:02 am
 When the pumped up, high-rockin, rockabilly trio The Meerkat Mobsters, featuring Springfield resident Mark Mills (guitar, vocals), Ray Biagioni (drums) from Oglesby and Rick Topolski (stand-up b...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 am
nevada trip #2went to see my great grandsons over from paris they’re being raised bilingual laurent talks to them in french cressida in english but since the parents speak french to each other the k...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 am

How Scotch eggs rescued me from a fight

 Most of the foods that show up every year on my family’s holiday table have origins in the culinary practices of our past generations. Our holiday table has never been a forum for innovation;...
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 11:02 am
Ford, Hawks, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Eastwood and Spielberg, as well as too many other filmmakers to count, have returned time and again to familiar themes to explore at various points in their careers...
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 12:19 am
One of the best things about Doug Jones’ win over Roy Moore in Alabama is that it energized the state’s long-dormant Democratic Party and chastened the Republicans. There is nothing like a win to...
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 12:18 am

Spending for police and fire is out of control

The city of Springfield’s pending financial disaster is much more a problem of priorities, and less a problem of revenue. Informal comments already suggest that there is nothing left to cut, but the...
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 10:18 am
I'm writing about cemeteries this week.My focus is Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, world-famous for being the final (one hopes) resting place of Lincoln and his family. But anyone who's driven in...

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