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Feature
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Mixed martial arts comes of age in Springfield

In an unassuming beige garage on the edge of town, two muscular, tattooed young men circle around and around, punching, kicking and grappling with one another with all the intensity of a dogfight. A l
News
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

Battered wife seeks freedom after conviction for abusive husband’s murder

In the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 1986, Richard Harshbarger grabbed his .38 caliber revolver and a homemade bat, climbed into his Dodge Rampage truck, and departed from his home in Pana. His young
News
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

Drilling method could raise state revenues. It’s already raising environmental concerns.

Illinois is poised to tap into a rich vein of money by allowing an oil and gas drilling method known as “fracking,” but environmental concerns and disagreement over state taxes are keeping
Health & Fitness
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 12:00 am

Local doc gets fit so that his patients will, too

Lately, Dr. Craig Backs’ patients have been asking him if he’s all right. Backs lost more than 50 pounds over the past few months, but he’s not fighting cancer or some other disease.
Feature
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 am

A high school reinvents itself with a big pot of money

The halls of Lanphier High School are strangely quiet. About 1,100 students file through the school’s maze of corridors several times each day, bringing the usual sounds of slamming lockers, cha
Culture
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am

New Year’s party brings safe, affordable all-ages fun

For the past 25 years, Springfield’s downtown has become a giant party every New Year’s Eve with First Night Springfield, the first and longest-running event of its kind in Illinois. The p
Remembering
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am

CHARLES E. ROBBINS Sept. 18, 1934 – April 30, 2012

When a powerful tornado clawed its way through Springfield in 2006, Charles Robbins could have made a fortune selling real estate to homeowners and business owners whose buildings were destroyed. Inst
News
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois could soon change drastically

When Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield early next year, they’ll face three issues more divisive than even the ongoing pension battle.  But like the pension issue, these battles have

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