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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 03:28 am

Six love stories to put you in the mood

Love to last a lifetime Sarah Blanchard and Stuart PatersonWhen Sarah Lee Blanchard of Springfield entered the University of Michigan in the fall of 1961, she had no idea she would cross paths with th...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 01:17 pm

Mixed martial arts comes of age in Springfield

In an unassuming beige garage on the edge of town, two muscular, tattooed young men circle around and around, punching, kicking and grappling with one another with all the intensity of a dogfight. A l...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 01:26 pm

George Harrison, the first Beatle in America, left his footprints all over southern Illinois

The 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first visit to America will be commemorated in February 2014. The Liverpool lads, shortly after their single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reached t...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 11:32 am

Alonso Travis died waiting for help

You may recall Alonso D. Travis, even if you never knew his name.He was the guy who hit you up for money on downtown sidewalks and store parking lots along Jefferson Street and on North Grand Avenue....
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 06:09 am

A high school reinvents itself with a big pot of money

The halls of Lanphier High School are strangely quiet. About 1,100 students file through the school’s maze of corridors several times each day, bringing the usual sounds of slamming lockers, cha...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 03:59 pm

When too many play it safe, honesty is the best policy.

The year 2012 was much like many others in recent memory on the United States film scene. The summer was dominated by superhero extravaganzas. (The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were the year&rsq...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 07:59 am

Springfield steps up to help homeless children

They live in hotels, cars or even at campgrounds. When the winter wind blows, they’re the children who don’t have coats. When it’s time to take a quiz, they’re the children who...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 06:10 am

The search for the world’s best memory athletes

A man in a fedora walks into an empty classroom on the second floor of a building on Washington University’s campus and waits in the darkened room. He has never been here before – not to t...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 05:03 pm

Bad movies are beautiful to Brad Jones

Brad Jones doesn’t stand out amid 100 or so vendors at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis earlier this month.He is a diminutive, bearded, 30-year-old guy from Springfield in baseball cap and gl...
Thursday, July 5, 2012 06:39 am
Ah summer…the days are long, picnics are taken, the drive-ins are packed and superheroes, aliens and animated films take over the multiplex. As the saying goes, “You’ve got to make...

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