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...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 06:49 pm

Springfield’s Melinda McDonald describes the horror from a unique perspective

This novel of historical fiction, on the Springfield race riot of 1908 by Springfieldian Melinda McDonald, is told from a unique point of view. Sheba Tully, a young black woman, obtains a ho...
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 03:39 pm

Two university-affiliated literary magazines showcase Springfield talent

Some college literary magazines exist primarily to publish the scribblings of a group of friends. I edited — OK, perpetrated — a couple of them back in the d...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 03:41 pm

Barbara Kingsolver explains what it’s like becoming a locavore

This isn't the Kingsolver you've grown to love. It's nonfiction, about herself and family; in fact, it's partially written by her husband, Stephen Hopp, a biologist, and her daughter Ca...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 01:37 am

Story of two Illinois desperadoes captures the romance, grit of Old West

Everybody knows of the exploits of outlaws Frank and Jesse James, but who remembers Ed and Lon Maxwell, two Illinoisans who captured the nation's attention in the early 1880s? The broth...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 01:42 am

You don’t have to know much about music to find Musicophilia fascinating

Every now and then I tune in to my head to see what's playing there: sometimes nothing, sometimes a childhood song, sometimes an annoying advertising ditty, sometimes a symphonic bit I can ...


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