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Fall Guide
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 12:00 am

Cemeteries are islands of tranquility to reconnect with nature and the past

Untitled Document When the air turns cooler, the leaves change colors, and the rhythm of life settles into that steady pace that’s found only between the start of school an
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 12:00 am

Veteran Ursuline teacher finds a new home at Springfield High

Untitled Document Ask Sheila Walk what she misses about her previous teaching job, and she ticks off a list ranging from the profound to the mundane: She misses the quaint archit
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007 12:00 am

ISP agent finds herself in the hot seat again

Untitled Document An Illinois State Police agent who narrowly avoided indictment in 2005 has been relieved of duty and is currently under investigation in a tangentially related
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 12:00 am

She waited 35 years for the law to punish the men who tried to kill her

Untitled Document Anyone who met Aidah Mahmood would instantly realize that she had sustained a horrible injury. Her arms and legs exhibited the peculiar topography of skin graft
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 12:00 am

Don’t wait till it’s too late to show someone you care

Untitled Document Aidah Mahmood’s e-mails were easy to ignore. The first one, on May 28, was a single rambling paragraph into which she had condensed an incredible horror s
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:00 am

Religious leader indicted for failing to abate asbestos

Untitled Document Ray Landers has a God-given gift for making money. According to his Web site, raylanders.com, he “carries an anointing to release understanding of the spi
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:00 am

Why the 2,300-page ISP report is likely to raise more questions than it answers

Untitled Document Back in December 2005, I spent several days in a Sangamon County courtroom watching a middle-aged man stand trial for possession of marijuana. Set up in a sting
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:00 am

Freshman alderman Gail Simpson’s fresh take on Springfield

Untitled Document Gail Simpson lives in a two-story house in the Stratford Place subdivision with her 21-year-old daughter, Morgan, and their pet Chihuahua, Spike. She has an adm
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:00 am

Here’s the real story about Springfield, USA

Untitled Document Simpsons schmimpsons. Who needs ’em? So what if Springfield, Vt., whomped us in USA Today’s contest to host the animated family’s movie pre
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 12:00 am

Interim police chief tells City Council why he’s right for the job

Untitled Document Ralph Caldwell, acting chief of the Springfield Police Department, appeared before City Council members Tuesday evening to answer their questions and make his c


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