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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:45 pm

One man’s journey from Kuwait, to Jordan, to owner of Mariah’s Steakhouse

Although he came into the world in 1964, Bassam “Sam” Al-Khayyat (pronounced Alkite) refers to July 3, 1989, as the day he was born. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he s...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 02:18 pm
Like a gambling addict who continues to lay large wagers against the house despite mixed results, Hollywood studios keep spending insane amounts of money in the hopes of delivering a film that not onl...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 06:27 am

Changes on the horizon for the convention center

Things had gotten pretty bad for the Prairie Capital Convention Center.“The building had 30-year-old galvanized plumbing,” recounts PCCC general manager Brian Oaks. “It was to the po...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:26 am

Bringing the international hit to the Springfield stage

Joshua Ratz could have done anything on Father’s Day. He could have spent time with his 19-year-old stepson. He could have helped his pregnant wife care for their infant. He could have worked on...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:23 am

Guy Sternberg’s arboretum demonstrates the value of native trees

Guy Sternberg planted his first trees when he was five years old – in his sandbox. The silver maple seeds he collected on the way home from kindergarten class would sprout and begin to grow. For...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:16 am

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission maps the future

No little girl tells her parents she wants to be a zoning analyst when she grows up. The job is figuring out whether a local government should allow proposed changes to a piece of property, which soun...
Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:28 pm

How Christopher Harris got caught

Christopher Harris couldn’t have asked for better breaks.Not even a ninja could expect to slay five people with a tire iron and walk away without a scratch, especially not in a cracker-box house...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:04 pm
At 280,000 acres, the expansive beauty of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois can feel both breathtaking and intimidating. In fact, in April of this year, Saline County Central Dispatch a...
Thursday, May 23, 2013 08:39 am
No matter what your taste in theater might be, whether it’s light musical comedy, modern musical bombast, prize-winning drama, kid-friendly shows or Pythonesque parody, at least one of the regio...

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