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Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 02:34 pm

Theater owner decides to put his money where his mouth is

Untitled Document Every time I interview Tony Kerasotes, he presents me with the exact same problem: How do I ask a follow-up question when my chin is on the floor?   &nbsp...
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007 10:35 am

She knew in her heart that the indisputable test results were wrong

Untitled Document I’ve got a belated Valentine. I’m a day late, but everything’s relative: The love story I’m about to tell you was delayed for nearly a d...
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 04:49 am

Finally, it's time to give the attorney for the Black Guardians his due

Untitled Document Do me a favor: Skip this column. If you’re a regular reader, you already know the truth; if you’re not, you likely won’t care. If you don%u0335...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006 04:06 pm

Their wedding presents were pilfered, but the best gift is on the way

My first column of 2006 was about a New Year’s Eve wedding marred by a thief who filched a fistful of cards from the gift table at the happy couple’s reception. What made this petty thieve...
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 05:18 am

Beloved Holy Land Diner serves its last meal at its downtown location on Saturday

I’d like to tell you a Christmas story. I’ve got a few of the main elements — a stable, some livestock, three wiseguys, and one devoutly religious couple, desperately seeking shelter...
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 09:05 pm

How I learned to survive a harsh winter

The knock on my hotel-room door came early in the morning, just a few minutes after my alarm went off. I opened it to find a male co-worker offering me a pair of his underwear. There was nothing kink...
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 10:03 pm

The road ahead is full of twists, but we're headed in the right direction

The best compliment I ever got came from a stranger in a Chicagoland mall. We were trapped together in some sort of children’s play area, held hostage by our young sons, who were chasing each ot...
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 07:18 pm

In a bag of trash, a treasured link to one of Springfield's favorite sons

Late as usual, I’ve got a ghost story for you. It’s about a dead poet, two local authors, and their brush with the supernatural. And I swear, I’m only exaggerating a little bit. Inst...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 06:33 am

Former mayor says she was only trying to appease a crowd of angry black citizens

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly courageous. I don’t do bungee jumping or downhill skiing or drag racing or recreational drugs. I have to psych myself up to visit the dentist, ...
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 07:23 pm

Psychologist sues Springfield and becomes conservative-Christian cause

I work for a newspaper that has a circulation of 30,000. I have three co-workers on the editorial side, two so young, I could be their mother. Our “newsroom” is a basement. The “view...

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