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Wednesday, April 2, 2008 01:44 pm

James Earl Ray had ties to Chicago mob, says his book-promoting brother

Untitled Document The last time John Larry Ray visited New York City was in 1965. He was between jobs, collecting unemployment benefits. While there, he remembers, Ma...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 05:41 am

Why Christian conservatives are worried sick about Barack Obama

Untitled Document We’re in the middle of the most Bible-toting, Scripture-quoting presidential campaign in recent memory. So where are the Christians — the...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 01:42 am

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying in Iraq

Untitled Document Five years later, President George W. Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wro...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 04:26 pm

The leader of Springfield's notorious cocaine ring talks about his life in crime — and why he's glad he was caught

Untitled Document On Oct. 28, 2005, Danny J. Sidener Jr. went to Family Video on MacArthur Boulevard to accept a delivery from a Chicago business associate. This ass...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 01:39 am

An Illinois author discusses his experiences in JFK’s White House as the first black Secret Service agent

Untitled Document In April 1961, John F. Kennedy came to Chicago to pay tribute to Mayor Richard Daley, who just a few months earlier had delivered Illinois to the Democrat in th...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 01:40 am

At least 18 species of gulls have been spotted on Lake Springfield

Untitled Document They may look like little blizzards, but those fast-moving cloudlike formations over Lake Springfield aren’t precipitation. They’re gulls, flying lo...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 01:40 am

Nanotechnology represents one of the fastest-growing industries of the future, but its promises and risks may be overstated.

Untitled Document By the middle of the century, the inventor Ray Kurzweil suggests in his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, human beings will live in perpetual cloud...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 09:23 pm

Illinois is safe from microscopic people-eating robot ninjas — for now

Untitled Document Anyone who’s shattered a pricey cell phone on the sidewalk, gagged on the smell of a roommate’s stinky sweat socks, or endured a serious...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 01:42 am

Everybody agrees, MacArthur Boulevard has seen better days. What will it take to turn things around?

Untitled Document The middle-school kids who trudge past the immense beige structure on South MacArthur Boulevard twice a day aren’t old enough to remem...
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 01:57 am

Ruth Capler isnt stuck in a cramped and crummy rental anymore. Too bad hundreds of other poor folks in Springfield cant say the same thing.

Untitled Document Ruth Capler never imagined that she would own a home. The soft-spoken, stalwart mother raised all six of her kids in rental apartments across...


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