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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 01:24 pm

John Knoepfle’s new book of poetry

The bitter cold subsided and we finally got a nice snow. I went walking under the streetlights with four-year-old Xavier. We caught snowflakes on our tongues, found sticks to scratch our names in th...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 02:12 am

The Great Man comes to life in a new two-volume biography

Proud parent Michael Burlingame has delivered to us a fine 8 lb., 1 oz. baby just in time for the Lincoln Bicentennial. Burlingame, professor emeritus at Connecticut College, has been exp...
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 01:48 pm

The late Harlington Wood, Jr.’s remarkable life

Many people in Springfield, who hold a variety of views about politics and law, have praised the late Harlington Wood as an individual of integrity and accomplishment. Wood’s memoirs, An Unmar...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 01:20 am

False confession happens more often than you think. Here’s how.

In the summer of 1989, a 19-year-old Waverly woman, Melissa Koontz, disappeared late at night after leaving work on the far west-side of Springfield. What followed was a series of events in ...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 04:17 pm

Forced black labor in U.S. industries gave rise to virulent racism

During and immediately after Reconstruction in the South, the same entrepreneurs and bankers who had built the Confederacy's munitions and armament plants during the Civil War ...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 01:22 pm

Springfield author remembers a Naperville icon

Why would Naperville commission a life-size bronze statue of an elderly woman in a cardigan, place it on a downtown stone bench, and have a city ceremony in 1999 in her honor? Why, in a 200...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 07:45 am

New photo book reflects author’s passion for planes

To say that Job Conger is into airplanes would be an understatement. In fact, Conger's interest in aviation could easily be considered a love affair. It began with him photograph...
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 04:46 am

You don't have to go along with the crowd

Sometimes the evening news reminds me of a decades-old school incident when My Group was unkind to Their Group, to put it mildly. I have excuses about immaturity and adolescent angst, but th...


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