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2008-10-01 03:00:19

By Anonymous Men of Fire: Grant, Forrest, and the Campaign That Decided the Civil War. By Jack Hurst. New York City: Basic Books, 2007, 442 pages, $27.95. Reviewed by Command Sergeant Major (Retired) James Clifford. There has been a book published about the Civil War for every day of the nearly 150 years since this country was torn asunder by that conflict. That means that by 2015 there will have been nearly 55,000 Civil War books published. One would think that the final word on the Civil...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Barbara Greenberg, Commercial-News, Danville, Ill. Aug. 1--SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott announced that 18 Illinois counties, including Vermilion County, have been awarded solid waste enforcement grants by the IEPA. The grants enable the local award recipients to conduct inspections of landfills, compost sites and transfer stations and for investigations and enforcement activities at agency-permitted solid waste disposal sites and illegal...

2008-07-25 21:00:14

CHICAGO _ The best writers' retreat of all may be a place where nobody really wants to go: the valley of the shadow of death. That is where many memorable and popular works have been created, as their authors come to terms with their imminent demise. Randy Pausch, who died Friday at 47, is the latest in a line of writers whose words burn with a special intensity, whose observations glow with an irrefutable poignancy, because they are written with the certain knowledge that death hovers...

2008-07-17 00:00:18

By Ryan Reynolds, Features Editor 464-7686 or reynoldsr@courierpress.com Packing up the entire family for a summer road trip is never easy. There's the frustration of figuring out what to pack (and what not to pack), picking out the right DVDs for the portable player and making sure someone can check on the house while you're gone - the responsible sort who'll get the mail, bring in the newspaper and not fall asleep on your couch for the night. And that's all before you even leave the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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