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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...
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 03:15 pm

More than a love of writing drove the strange colony in Marshall, Ill.

Untitled Document The contents of 77 boxes shelved in the special-collections department of the Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield tell a l...
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 01:57 am

English teacher keeps James Jones’ legacy alive in Robinson

Untitled Document Helen Howe’s audience on this bone-chillingly cold day is an English class of about two-dozen seniors sequestered in the library of Robinson High School i...
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 01:39 am

UIS home to unique collection of writers’ colony documents

Untitled Document When Thomas J. Wood began working at then-Sangamon State University, in late 1986, the files of Lowney Handy, James Jones’ mentor, were still ...
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 09:40 pm

Sara Gallant got tangled up in a twisted love triangle, but nobody believes she wanted to die

Untitled Document Three years ago this week, a pair of bodies was discovered in a wooded area near central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. One was a young woman ...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 04:06 pm

Next year Abe turns 200 and in his three home states the party starts now

Untitled Document He was born in Kentucky, grew to manhood in Indiana, and became the nation’s leader as an Illinoisan. Now, all three states that lay ...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 01:32 pm

Scenes from Lincoln’s rich life, set to verse

Untitled Document For the fifth year we present poems about Abraham Lincoln’s life, written by author and professor Dan Guillory as though the Great Emancipator had penned ...
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 10:02 pm

The fever to build ethanol refineries has passed. Blame good ol’ supply and demand.

Untitled Document It wasn’t so long ago that ethanol was riding an amber wave of success. Just three years ago, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed t...
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 07:07 pm

SPD’s first black female officer sets the record straight — again

Untitled Document When the jury announced its verdict in the Black Guardians’ race-discrimination trial earlier this month, Lea Joy left the courthouse pursued...


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