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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis

 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet scenes that succeed in touching our hearts. This happens in a way only poss...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am

Alienation and loss dominate

 The more things changed, the more they remained the same for American movies. Superhero films and sequels still held sway at the box office as the top five grossing movies fell into one of these...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
Grand performances move HustleDeception, denial and blind ambition are at the core of David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a wildly ambitious, relentlessly engaging and darkly humorous tale that feat...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

Established and successful, music education is ready to grow

 On Wednesday, Dec. 4, outside Room 2250 in Menard Hall on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, well-dressed young adults pace nervously, awaiting the moment they enter to participate in...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Five innovators give their perspectives on the Springfield arts and music scene

As 2013 draws to a close, the arts in Springfield are in an exciting place. Local visual artists, theatrical performers and musicians have rarely had so many opportunities to gain exposure, with a gro...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Supermarkets flood Springfield

 At first glance, it should be a matter of simple mathematics.If there are x number of mouths to feed in any given city, then that city should support y number of grocery stores. The industry rul...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball

 Three years ago, the athletic department at the University of Illinois Springfield faced criticism from several angles. Scandals large and small hinted at lax standards and a lack of accountabil...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road

 Lifelong Springfield resident Chris Camp is one of only four professional whip crackers in the United States. Locals may recognize him from his regular appearances at the State Fair but widespre...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river

 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range ...

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