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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am

What, you? Worry? Nah. The big meal is a piece of cake by employing a few time- and sanity-saving tricks

You can have a memorable Thanksgiving meal with delicious food, a beautiful table and appreciative guests, but with a fraction of the usual work. If you pare your to-do list to emphasize the season’...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am

How 11th and South Grand became a DIY mecca

 “We needed a place for kids to go in Springfield,” says Kevin Bradford, 31, cofounder of all-ages music venue Black Sheep Café, located near the corner of 11th Street and South Grand in the...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Utility faces financial storm

 Eric Hobbie calls it “a perfect storm.”One of the biggest squalls in the history of Springfield City Water, Light and Power looms large while Hobbie, chief utility engineer at CWLP, tries to...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Back then it was worse

 After enduring the barrage of political ads spewed forth during the recently concluded election campaign, one starts to wonder if the tone of the political debate could sink any lower, and if ca...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media

 Our oceans are acidifying – even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am

The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield

 The citizens of 19th century Springfield may not have faced the threat of ebola or known what an enterovirus is, but they were no strangers to deadly outbreaks of infectious diseases. In a popul...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

The Springfield Project envisions east-side community center

 It’s been a private residence, a home for fallen women and a technical school for African-American students. As recently as a few months ago, it was slated to become an empty lot. Now, thanks ...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million

 With a $2.6 million check from taxpayers in hand, the widow of the late Amon Paul Carlock, who died after a struggle with Sangamon County jailers in 2007, says that she doesn’t feel like a win...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 The outcome wasn’t what she had hoped for. Tamikka Brents doesn’t take losing lightly. “I hate losing. But I will just train harder. This just didn’t turn out like I had planned,” said...


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