Vishesh Anand

Vishesh Anand

Who needs a ride? Fotzler shares love of flight with youths

As a University of Illinois sophomore in 1967, Neil Fotzler often listened to his friend, an aviation student, chatter about his aerial exploits.

Eventually, tired of simply hearing about flying, he asked, "Well, why don't you take me for a ride?"

Questions provide catalyst for budding scientist

CHAMPAIGN — Even at a very young age, Lawrence Zhao had the wits to baffle his parents.

The Champaign native often discussed the sciences with his mother, an attorney with a doctorate in biology, and father, a University of Illinois chemical engineering professor.

UI Summer Piano Institute students to show off what they've learned

URBANA — It's middle of summer break on the University of Illinois campus, and there's not a lot going on — which makes it the perfect time for aspiring musicians to have the limelight to themselves at the UI School of Music's Summer Piano Institute.

Hazmat drill prepares emergency responders for the worst

URBANA — At 8 o'clock on a recent Tuesday morning, there was a minor explosion in a lab at the Engineering Sciences Building on campus. Two lab students conducting an experiment were injured, with one rendered unconscious.

A nearby witness called 911, which, it turned out, had been waiting for the call.

Teaching in their futures: A few words with this year's Golden Apple scholars

Lately, superintendents statewide seem to say it around this time every year: Finding qualified, quality teachers sure isn’t as easy as it used to be.

The Golden Apple Foundation hopes to change that.

Feeling muggy? That's because the dew point's at a high — and rising

Yes, it's hot out there, but it's also icky and muggy. The dew point, a measure of how much moisture is in the atmosphere, is rising rapidly and, frankly, making everything uncomfortable. Here's a closer look, courtesy of The News-Gazette's VISHESH ANAND:

Weather watchwords for June so far: Wet, wild

With four days left this month, Champaign-Urbana has already seen 8.24 inches of rain, making it the ninth-rainiest June on record. Here's a look at some weather info and its implications, courtesy of The News-Gazette's VISHESH ANAND:

Champaign native running for his life, even at 89

What do the Red Square in Moscow, the Great Wall of China and every street in Champaign County have in common? It's that Champaign native Mel Schriefer, 89, has been there on a run.

The Korean War veteran started running in the late 1960s to simultaneously beat his smoking habit and improve his health, he said. Since then, Schriefer has run in 364 road races.

Urbana native headed to India to learn Hindi on State Department's dime

URBANA — Traveling abroad is fun enough. But traveling abroad all expenses paid while living like a local and learning the local language is even better.

Ramadan promotes charitable acts, community at local mosque

The way Imran Jasim spent his 11th birthday may put some to shame.

The young man chose to forgo a traditional party and celebration, instead spending a quiet afternoon June 7 at the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center in Urbana packaging school supplies and candy for children in need at Courage Connection, a Champaign shelter for victims of domestic violence.