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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video

 In a dusty, dimly-lit warehouse, a horde of zombies closes in two men with high-powered firearms trying in vain to escape through a stuck door. The men radio for help, and outside, an armored ca...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Can governors change history?

 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Slogging through the season’s political ads

 William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It is famous for the line “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Nowhere is that more evident than in political adv...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Is recycling food waste a fad or the future?

 As much as 40 percent of the food that Americans buys in the supermarket is tossed uneaten into the trash, according to estimates from the USDA and the federal EPA. Edibles go bad in the fridge...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:01 am

Finding ourselves gets harder all the time

 You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Walt Hickey, a writer for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, commissioned a web poll of self-identifie...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 Saddle up for a September romp through the wilds of Springfield’s music entertainment scene. Never a dull moment here, but plenty of sharp sounding shows, for sure.Johnnie Owens, designated in...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Energy industry and environmentalists dissatisfied with changes

 State regulators have released new regulations for a highly controversial oil and gas extraction technique. Environmental groups in the area that will be affected say the new protections aren’...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Rauner wants to give ailing Illinois a dose of California

It was sometime just after the new millennium, I think, that Illinois political leaders first started to resemble the first guy through the broken store window crying “Justice!” while looting a TV...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Danville’s underground forest reveals the ancient past

 A warm, moist breeze blows through the swampy forest at what is now Danville, Illinois. An eight-foot-long millipede scurries by. Nearby, a dragonfly with a foot-wide wingspan zips through the 1...

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