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Toby Keith to headline Bruce Rauner inauguration concert

Country music star Toby Keith, known for patriotic songs and a devotion to red Solo cups, will headline the Springfield concert celebrating the inauguration of Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and other statewide elected officers next month, inaugural officials said Monday.

City Councilman At Chanukah Ceremony: ‘Jesus Is The Reason For The Season’

What does “Christian hegemony” look like? Well, it looks like this: Springfield, Mass. citizens were subjected to a jaw-dropper for a pronouncement on Tuesday, during a city ceremony marking the start of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. I’ve gone over some of the history of Hanukkah before; there’s no point in retreading what’s been said [...]

Weekend Wax Bits

6 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

British Invasion pop-rocker Dusty Springfield is best known for hits like I Only Want to Be With You, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, The Look of Love and Son of a Preacher Man. But Springfield also had...

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” Baptist City Council Member Reminds Jews at Menorah-Lighting Ceremony

The city of Springfield (Massachusetts) held it's annual menorah-lighting ceremony to mark the first day of Hanukkah this past Tuesday. Among the 150 attendees was Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams. While Williams is a Baptist,...Show More Summary

Mass. official delivers Hanukkah jaw-dropper: ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A city official shocked onlookers Tuesday in Massachusetts with his pronouncement during a ceremony marking the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. “Jesus is the reason for the season,” said Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams. Hanukkah celebrates two miracles, neither of which...

Quinn wants special election in 2016 on Topinka vacancy

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield on Jan. 8 for a special session to vote on whether to hold an election in 2016 to pick a new comptroller to serve out part of the term left vacant following the death of Judy Baar Topinka.

The Pedersen Device for M1903

Pedersen designed a device to caliber convert a Springfield M1903 from a 5 round bolt action rifle into a semi auto 40 rd 30cal rifle. Jerry Miculek took a look at one at the Institute of Military Technology.   Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has a video of a M1903 shooting the Pedersen Device. Show More Summary

‘Mythbusters’ tackling ‘The Simpsons’ in season premiere — exclusive

Mythbusters is looking to Springfield for its next big pop-culture cross-over event. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will seek to prove/bust Simpsons-inspired

Grassley now seeks answers from Fairfax prosecutor on John Geer police slaying

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing his quest to break the silence surrounding the August 2013 Fairfax County police killing of John Geer in Springfield. After sending letters last month to the Fairfax police chief and the U.S. attorney in Alexandria, Grassley has now sent a letter to Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh, asking […]

Rauner complains about agencies' new bids for funds

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner balked Tuesday at the size of requests from state agencies to boost the current budget, saying approval of their bids for up to $760 million would cause a bigger backlog in the state paying its bills.

Homicide charge for woman in car-pedestrian crash

last weekNews / Crime : Crimesider

30-year-old allegedly struck a pedestrian in Springfield, Ore., and carried him 11 blocks

Public recordings of police officers will be legal in Illinois after all

Rumors can run rampant on social media. One recent prominent rumor borne out of this year's Illinois General Assembly veto session in Springfield would have people believe that a new law would prohibit Illinoisans from recording police officers in public. Show More Summary

A Highsnobiety Guide to 24 Hours in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Following our 24 Hour Guides to Berlin and Springfield, we present our latest installment, this time taking place in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. A poster child for gentrification. A manufacturing base. A hub for tastemakers… The post A Highsnobiety Guide to 24 Hours in Williamsburg, Brooklyn appeared first on Highsnobiety.

Prosecutors highlight money, sex, power in grant scam trial

SPRINGFIELD — A federal prosecutor on Monday launched into closing arguments in a corruption trial that touched on money, sex, the president's longtime golfing buddy and the alleged theft of state grant funds designed to fight cancer, flu and AIDS in minority communities.

Did people really smoke while brewing in the 1950s?

MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 12.15.14 A ‘good mixer. The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, occasionally hauls out photos from its archives. This one is from December 1953. It shows Ed Reisch, the fourth generation of his family to run Reisch Brewing, at a brew kettle. The brewery closed in 1966 and Reisch went to work […]

TV Club: The Simpsons (Classic): “The Springfield Files”

Season 8 is the last season of The Simpsons I own on DVD. I own DVD sets of a lot of shows, and many of those sets are incomplete, but typically, the gaps are by accident; I only own seasons 1, 4, and 5 of The Wire, for example, because I bought the first one, and got the last two free from a (incredibly awesome) friend. Show More Summary

How to sue Bill Cosby long after the statute of limitations has barred your claim for sexual assault.

Have him call you a liar for accusing him of sexual assault.Former model Tamara Green... sued Cosby for defamation yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Springfield....“It’s an innovative legal method to do this, and it’s perfectly proper under defamation law,” said Terry Gross, a defamation attorney not involved in the suit. Show More Summary

'True Detective' Season 2 Adds Rock Star Rick Springfield

Musician Rick Springfield confirmed that he has a role on Season 2 of HBO's 'True Detective', working with Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams. [...]

Crows: Springfield, Ohio, Overrun With 50,000 Birds

An estimated 50,000 crows have descended on Springfield, Ohio. Although they are not necessarily aggressive, they birds are making a mess. Residents and business owners have been forced to spend thousands of dollars to clean up the droppings. Show More Summary

Rick Springfield has a role in 'True Detective' Season 2

True Detective has added to its Season 2 ranks with someone whose casting was — unlike the main cast — highly unexpected: "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield The singer Thursday boasted about competing his first day of filming on the HBO anthology series, tweeting, "Just finished my 1st day of shooting for season 2 of HBO's True Detective. Show More Summary

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