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Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 08:12 am
In my column of May 6, 2010, “Making room for the Huangs,” I described Wenguang Huang, the Chinese translator and journalist who emigrated to the United States in 1990, specifically to Springfie...
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 03:25 pm
Within the first ten minutes of Steve Martino’s The Peanuts Movie, we are re-introduced to all of the key characters in Charles Schulz’s universe, Charlie Brown has been upended on the pitcher�...
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 03:18 pm
Angelo Pizzo’s My All-American is a movie with the best of intentions, most of them presented in a manner that would be better suited to a film from the 1950’s. All of the characters here have t...
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 12:08 am

City buys land for rail project

 The city of Springfield is proceeding with land acquisition for a massive railroad relocation project despite failing to secure federal money for the next phase of a project still in its early s...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:23 am

Was Downstate really a pop food laboratory?

 Writing about diners and diner food lately (see “Off the menu” and “Breakfast of a champion”) has left me hungry to know what other contributions to the nation’s waistline can be trace...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:22 am
If you are a presidential aspirant and you have to tell people that you are a person of integrity – there’s a very good chance that you are not.And those odds at least quadruple if you have to hir...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:21 am
The concept of a public meeting on Nov. 18 by the four legislative leaders and the governor sounds nice, but will it actually move the ball forward and break the months-long governmental imp...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:20 am
 LIGHTS NOT A PRIORITYInternet sites that facilitate the donation of small amounts of money by large numbers of people, known as “crowdfunding,” are a wonderful innovation.Many teachers, for...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:19 am
This was the week that the ice began melting at the Statehouse. Child care cuts were largely restored. Cuts to home care for seniors were reversed. Unemployment compensation reform may be on the way....


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