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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
News
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 12:00 am

Slovers dispute testimony by witness, want fingerprint checked

A group of students at the University of Illinois at Springfield is raising questions about evidence and key testimony in one of the state’s most gruesome murder cases — that of 23-year-ol
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Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 12:00 am

Test of evidence in case against alleged dealer comes up negative

When Springfield police raided the Guemes Court home of Larry Washington in the early morning hours of March 17, 2005, they found a half-kilo of cocaine powder hidden in a box of graham crackers. Wash
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 12:00 am

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
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 12:00 am

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
News
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006 12:00 am

Teachers plan fundraiser for one of their own

Untitled Document Teachers at Douglas Alternative School are hosting a fundraiser for Doris Chambers and seven children she took into her home. As we reported in a recent cover
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 12:00 am

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
News
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 12:00 am

Alan Jones, the new head of the Springfield police union, isn't a member of the old guard.

After more than a decade as a Springfield police officer, Alan Jones has accumulated his fair share of war stories. One involves a man who owned a cache of weapons and a violent temper. When Jones wen
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Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 12:00 am

After year-long investigation, two SPD detectives get the boot

After more than a year of controversy, media scrutiny, and speculation, the Springfield Police Department has apparently moved to terminate the employment of two officers who were once stars of the de

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