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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:00 am

How a smart Springfield lawyer saved Peachy Harrison from the gallows

 Were Abraham Lincoln to somehow miraculously reappear on the streets of Springfield this week, there would be a great deal that he might recognize. He could walk to his home on Eighth Street whe
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Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:00 am

The most famous man on the planet, he stayed in the ring too long.

 Muhammed Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74. Upon his death, President Barack Obama eulogized him with the observation that, “He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke up
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:00 am
Deep into his new novel, Testimony, author Scott Turow makes a prescient observation about trial lawyers through the thoughts of his protagonist, Willian ten Boom. “The truth is that every effective
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 am

The long road to sports equality began long ago

Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers, by Debra Shattuck.University of Illinois Press, 2017.The role of women in sports has traveled a somewhat winding road, occasionally strewn with potholes and det
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Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 am

Guessing what a 19th-century president would do today

Lincoln on Leadership for Today: Abraham Lincoln’s Approach to 21st Century Issues. By Donald T. Phillips, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.In his first nationally televised one-on-one interview, Donald Tr
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Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am

Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery

 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:00 am
 Writer Nelson Algren once observed that “Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.” Fans of Chicago’s baseball teams would certainly disagree since October is the month of basebal
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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 am

A mystery that reads like a crime novel, minus guns

Creatures on Display, by Wm. Stage. Floppinfish Publishing Co. Ltd. I have always believed that the only thing more difficult than reading about sex is writing about it. Creatures on Display, by Wm. S

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