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Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 12:00 am

After four years, the Black Guardians case ends in mistrial

Untitled Document After more than four years of complaints, controversy, and turmoil, the race-discrimination lawsuit filed by two now-retired Springfield Police Department offic
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 12:00 am

Two locals are tapped to spread Al Gore’s global warming message

Untitled Document A middle-aged African-American woman from Springfield and a white male professor from the local university recently discovered they have something in common wit
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 12:00 am

Appeals court allows Sallenger case to proceed

Untitled Document Three Springfield police officers face a federal trial on claims that they used excessive force in the 2002 death of a mentally ill man. In a Jan. 10 opinion, t
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 12:00 am

She’ll sleep when she dies

Untitled Document When you get information that will forever change your life, the moment tends to crystallize in your memory. Years later, you can recall where you were, who gav
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 12:00 am

Rejected applicant named “outstanding recruit”

Untitled Document Michael Newman wasn’t fit to fight fires in Springfield. When he applied to the Springfield Fire Department, he scored well on the written test and passed
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 12:00 am

City official sells property — and now tenants face homelessness

Untitled Document Mike Markberry has a tall pole with an American flag flapping above his residence at the Applegrove Mobile Home Park. He has a deck built over his storage shed
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 12:00 am

Controversial SPD lieutenant

Untitled Document With no fanfare, Springfield Police Department’s most colorful crime-fighter quietly cleaned out his desk and retired this week. Lt. Rickey Davis, well kn
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006 12:00 am

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 12:00 am

New police union head wins long fight for promotion

It looked like most other officer-promotion ceremonies: a gathering of friends, family, and fellow officers in Springfield Police Chief Don Kliment’s spacious office, cookies and punch waiting i
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 12:00 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


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