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Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:10 am

Make the star of the show shine a bit brighter during the holiday season

 Part of the allure of holiday decorating is being able to bring the outdoors inside. But when transforming your house into a winter wonderland, you may notice that a real tree may not live up to...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:09 am
 Food is as much a part of holiday celebrations and festivities as being with family and friends. For many, the holiday season comes with the challenge of trying to make healthier choices when ma...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:01 am

Springfield Fire Department resists cuts

 Seven years ago, the city of Springfield faced a fiscal crisis so serious that then Mayor Tim Davlin formed a blue-ribbon committee to define the problem and recommend solutions.The housing bubb...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:11 am

Scientists, authors and activists predict the outcome of the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Paris

World leaders from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris during the first two weeks of December for the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference. Will the governments of the world...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 am

How Pilgrims, a determined editor and Abraham Lincoln invented Thanksgiving Day

 In the beginning there were Pilgrims and Indians, more or less like we learned in school: after a successful harvest in November 1621, the governor of Plymouth Colony organized a thanksgiving fe...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:01 am

As retailers start to move to non-gendered signage for their aisles, it’s good to simply remember that toys will be toys

 This holiday season your local Target is sure to be decked out in red and green, but not so much in pink and blue.Over the last few months, so shoppers don’t “feel frustrated or limited by t...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:10 am
If you didn’t know better, you might think Richard Craig is a powerful businessman. An athletic, handsome man of 46, he’s dressed sharply from head to toe: black wingtip dress shoes, black dress s...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:09 am
 When Swedish seekers of religious freedom spent their first winter huddled in shelters dug into a ravine in what is now Bishop Hill, few probably guessed that, 169 years later, their settlement...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:13 am

Even in the social-media era, when a small news outlet can create a viral story, some of the biggest news of the past year never got to most of the public

In 1976, when Carl Jensen, a professor at California’s Sonoma State University, started looking into news media self-censorship, nobody had ever dreamed of the Internet. Most computers were still bi...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:11 am

’Tis the season for potlucks!

 Get your casserole dishes ready! The holidays are almost here, which means potlucks are sure to be soon filling up your calendar.Potlucks are a popular choice for the season because they allow e...

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