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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Lessons from a 40-year study of the birds of Sangamon County

 Birds are at once well-known companions and elusive visitors. Many embark on enormous journeys, bringing with them the songs of spring and insights into the health of our surroundings. They belo...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield and St. Louis host February flower shows

 Surrounding yourself with the sight and scent of orchids can be a sure cure for that case of cabin fever you’ve been harboring since the holidays. But you don’t have to hop on a plane to Haw...
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:01 am

Mike Pittman’s long road from baseball to politics to his own TV comedy show

Mike Pittman is a former Springfield Cardinal, City of Springfield bureaucrat and east side real estate developer who now runs the Capital City Courier, owns a baseball training school and hosts a standup comedy show on FOX-55....
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Local women singers head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

 “I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there.”Jan. 21-25, at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of blues musicians gather fro...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Leading Springfield to a future of health and fitness

Fitness is in. We’ve all seen enough alarming articles about obesity in America to know that something has to change, and there are plenty of people in Springfield trying to do something about it. W...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 If you are like me, dear reader, you have the urge to eschew all white food and start a new fitness regime every year around Jan. 1. A few weeks later I’m plagued by inevitable backsliding, po...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Sweat to today’s hottest music

 Like almost everyone else I know, I have long struggled against my sofa’s seductiveness as well as my upbringing of bedtime snacks.  But the thought of facing down an army of cold, grey e...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis

 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th...

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