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Wired In: Pablo Perez-Pinera

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet University of Illinois bioengineering professor PABLO PEREZ-PINERA. He and physics professor Jun Song are affiliated with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.

Krannert museum marking state's 200th by showing off biggest city's art

URBANA — As part of the 200-year history celebration of Illinois, Krannert Art Museum is pulling out all of the stops with a large exhibition on its largest city.

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion is the second-largest general fine-arts museum in the state and Jon L. Seydl, KAM's director, is proud of the Chicago works.

Family, friends mourn loss of 'a funny and respectful son'

CHAMPAIGN — When he was 8, David Sankey was the caretaker for his mother, who was dealing with breast cancer.

At 16, he was shot on the street, and the boy his family called "the comedian" was dead.

Clear bags now rule at Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Clear bag or no bag at all.

That's the rule for both Illini football games and events at State Farm Center.

But at least if you're a season ticket holder, you're getting a voucher for a free bag.

Doobie Brothers coming to State Farm Center in October

CHAMPAIGN — The Doobie Brothers are taking it to the streets — well, actually the State Farm Center, — on Oct. 10.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Sept. 7. The show is at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30.

Dance documentary's debut a golden occasion

A documentary about jazz genius Merce Cunningham is among the draws as Dance at Illinois presents the Flatlands Dance Film Festival on Friday and Saturday to mark the University of Illinois dance department’s 50th anniversary season.

Those Who Served | Most of an interrogation is just asking 'a normal question'

CHAMPAIGN — Whether in Illinois or Nicaragua, Mariya Vandivort was the go-to officer for translation or interrogation.

She was an officer in the Illinois Army National Guard until in 2010, serving as an interrogator, intelligence platoon leader and a general's aide.

Getting Personal: Gracyn Allen

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today reigning Champaign County Fair Queen Gracyn Allen chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. The 17-year-old from Homer has a lot of duties as queen, but now school is starting back up and volleyball is a big part of her life.

Wired In: Stephanie Hein

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet STEPHANIE HEIN, the first CEO for MakerGirl, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math fields through 3D-printing sessions.

CERL researcher's work virtually saves Burnham Mansion

CHAMPAIGN — Soon the Burnham Manson will be virtually gone — but will live on forever, virtually.

Crews have been working to strip the mansion before demolition to make room for an $87.1 million expansion of Central High School.

The home at 603 W. Church St. has been there since 1884; Central's building didn't come along for another 50 years.