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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 12:57 am

Getting a taste of what life is like on food stamps

Kris Armour never realized how much she enjoyed spending her afternoon break strolling to Del's Popcorn Shop and ordering a vanilla-infused soda pop. The treat became such a habit that ...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 09:00 pm

Even admirers of Alaska governor Palin question her qualification for Veep

A friend of mine recently called Barack Obama. Just dialed his cell number, then fell off his chair when the potential president actually answered. My friend freaked and clicked off without ...
Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 08:58 am

Kids hope to float environmental theme in state-fair parade

At least one float in tonight's Illinois State Fair parade is going to look like trash. I know, because I saw it Monday afternoon. Designed to suggest a state capitol building, it consists o...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 07:29 am

Governor’s cuts to drug-treatment programs will have wide-reaching effects

Untitled Document Because she doesn’t want her name used, I’m going to call her Sue. For more than 10 years Sue has worked for a drug-abuse and mental-illness treatme...
Thursday, June 5, 2008 03:39 pm

Why recent court decisions involving two whistleblower cops should worry everyone

Untitled Document In 2002, this paper published a picture of Alva Busch using a blow dryer to remove decals from his work vehicle. At the time the snapshot was taken, in 2001, Bu...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 04:01 pm

How Nelson Center camp transformed a troubled kid into a leader

Untitled Document The first summer that Mike Dial went to camp, he spent a lot of time sitting in the administrative office. Plagued by attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity,...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 04:42 am

Teaching prisoners how to be better fathers — and better men

Untitled Document At the beginning of class, Mary Ryan goes around the room and shakes hands with her students, calling each man by name, making eye contact, offering a smile: ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 02:33 pm

Bill Anderson’s journey through cancer had a healing effect on everyone around him

Untitled Document Letitia Dewith-Anderson once scared me silly. She rang my phone, which she didn’t do very often, and when I answered I could tell that this call was of so...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 01:09 pm

Legislation would give adoptees access to birth certificates

Untitled Document I hardly slept a wink the night before I met my mother. I was in a motel, just off Interstate 35, on the outskirts of the city where she lived with her family. ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:32 pm

Bill Geiser had plenty of problems, but did he have to die?

Untitled Document Initial reports didn’t reveal the name of the mentally ill man killed by Springfield police last Saturday night at the Bel-Aire Motel — so when I he...


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