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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Historic east side home, now facing demolition, once housed the ‘Tuskegee of the North’

 The 150-year-old Taylor House at 12th and Cass streets in Springfield now faces possible demolition after numerous attempts to save it. New efforts to preserve the structure are focusing on the ...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

It’s time to put down the smartphone and give Instagram a break. These next-level digital cameras will take their photography to the next level.

 There’s an old cliche in photography circles: The best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that’s our smartphone.For everyday use, smartphones are tough to beat. They have f...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

This holiday season, the most-desired devices are the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But which console is right for your gamer?

 Among the billions of gifts Santa sifts through this holiday season may be millions of the latest eighth-generation video game consoles: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Sony’s PS4 teases innovative...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

The critics’ faves are sure bets for the gamer on your list

 Each summer, the top video-game media name the best gaming titles of the year. Here are their picks for the best of the 2013.Titanfall Best of ShowBest Original GameBest Console GameBest PC Game...
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...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Museum riches await discovery four hours away

 Indianapolis is known for the Pacers, the Colts and the Indy 500, but this heartland city has much more to offer. Indy has a wonderful mix of cultural treasures such as the Indianapolis Museum o...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew,’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year

 In her first book, The Dorm Room Diet (William Morrow, 2010), certified chef and integrative nutritionist Daphne Oz helped college students tackle dorm living. In her second book, Relish: An Adv...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

Anticipating a crowd? Use these meal-planning tips from the pros to ensure your next shindig is as successful as it is delicious.

 Feeding yourself and your family is a cinch. Cooking for a large group? That’s another story. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or having a backyard get-together, it can be tricky...
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...

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