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Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 12:00 am

Too late for rape victim, but family welcomes award

On July 3, 1994, Lisa Weisser was raped by another patient at McFarland Mental Health Center in Springfield. That fact has never been in dispute: the rapist, Bryan K. Noel, pleaded guilty to sexual
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 12:00 am

Southeast High School loses 80 white students every year

The event was advertised as a “policy breakfast,” but the Citizens Club of Springfield didn’t provide sweet rolls or donuts, much less any sizzling pork. The only refresh
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 12:00 am

Former Springfield officer Lea Joy likes being ‘wanted’ LAW 

As chief of police in the village of Southern View, Kurt Taraba sometimes has to get creative to track down a wanted person. Take, for example, a certain 60-year-old black female who had
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 12:00 am

The fading promise of public access TV

It’s been about three years since John Anderson stumbled into cable access TV. He got a phone call from Micah Roderick — a man he had met briefly as his wife’s co-worker
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 12:00 am

Can police seize a car before getting a warrant?

If your car is parked in your own driveway, next to your house, can police officers have it towed away without first obtaining a search warrant? That’s the question troubling Bruce Loch
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 12:00 am

Hope Institute files suit again in long-running row with neighbors

When it comes right down to it, the much-publicized lawsuit filed this week by noted attorney Bill Roberts on behalf of The Hope Institute is about three orange traffic cones. Set along t
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 12:00 am

In all kinds of families, connections run deep

My baby Evan has always had a million dollar smile. I’m not saying that because I’m his mom; everybody with normal eyesight notices. It’s not just his perfectly aligned milk-white te
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 12:00 am

Obama was a sure thing, so east side voters stayed home

President-elect Barack Obama may be Illinois’ new favorite son, but his coattails didn’t extend to Sangamon County races. All but one Democratic contender for a county office lost to Repu


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