Daily Dose: Local history, Tim Johnson & NPR, NCAA hypocrisy on American Indian imagery, It helps to be athletic, Detroit's population loss, 43-degree plunge

Local history

In 1911, tomorrow is the opening of the high school baseball season with a game at West End Park between the Champaign High School team and LeRoy High School. Champaign has been practicing daily and is determined to avenge the basketball defeat at the hands of LeRoy.


In 1961, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria will have a 15-minute longer school day next year. Champaign-Urbana Catholic pupils, however, will not be affected because they already are going to school longer than the five-hour minimum. Holy Cross School students have a 51/2-hour day. St. Mary’s School students have 5 hours and 20 minutes of school.

Rep. Tim Johnson and NPR.

From Wednesday's column ...

One sharp reader recalled that U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, gave a ringing endorsement to public broadcasting in 2005 when it was faced with cuts in federal funding.
Indeed, Johnson was a member of the House Public Broadcasting Caucus and stated at the time, “As a lifelong resident of this district, my entire family has grown up with the benefits of public television. I’ve been working in the U.S. Congress for the past 41/2 years to make sure these programs are fully funded, and today’s (June 23, 2005) vote indicates some of that work paid off.”
That was then. It’s a different story now, said Johnson spokesman Phil Bloomer.
“We live in a different world now,” Bloomer said. “We didn’t have these astronomical deficits then. We didn’t have a $14 trillion debt. This is just one small piece of the pie. This spending has to be attacked throughout the spectrum.”
Johnson’s vote against funding for National Public Radio last week wasn’t about ideology, Bloomer said. “It’s about spending, pure and simple. There will be more votes like that, every week they’re in session.”

The NCAA's double standard

From the Sporting News ...

During its football games, FSU still has a student dressed as Chief Osceola riding onto the field on a horse, planting a flaming spear into the turf.

That’s not hostile and abusive, but Chief Illiniwek, the former Illinois mascot who used to dance at halftime of its football games, was?

Where does the NCAA actually stand on this? What was it after?

The reason Florida State hasn’t had to change is because it has approval from a local Seminole tribe. Well, that’s the official reason. Really, it’s that Florida State is too big, too important to college football. Not to mention, the school’s relationship with the tribe is a financial one.

It helps a big, powerful football program to make money.

So it’s not hostile and abusive when they do it. It’s business.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/feed/2011-03/sweet-16-2011/s...

Another reason why sports/athletics is good for you

From The New York Times ...

Success varied. “Over all, there was an 85 percent completion rate,” in which students made it to the other side of the road without incident, said Laura Chaddock, a graduate student at the university and lead author of the study. Failure meant impact — thankfully virtual.

The student athletes completed more successful crossings than the nonathletes, by a significant margin, a result that might be expected of those in peak physical condition. But what was surprising — and thought-provoking — was that their success was not a result of their being quicker or more athletic. They walked no faster than the other students. They didn’t dash or weave gracefully between cars. What they did do was glance along the street a few more times than the nonathletes, each time gathering slightly more data and processing it more speedily and accurately than the other students.

“They didn’t move faster,” said Art Kramer, the director of the Beckman Institute and a leader in the study of exercise and cognition, who oversaw the research. “But it looks like they thought faster.”

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/how-sports-may-focus-the-brain/...

Exodus from Detroit worse than St. Louis'

From The New York Times ...

Laying bare the country’s most startling example of modern urban collapse, census data on Tuesday showed that Detroit’s population had plunged by 25 percent over the last decade. It was dramatic testimony to the crumbling industrial base of the Midwest, black flight to the suburbs and the tenuous future of what was once a thriving metropolis.
 
It was the largest percentage drop in history for any American city with more than 100,000 residents, apart from the unique situation of New Orleans, where the population dropped by 29 percent after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College.

The number of people who vanished from Detroit — 237,500 — was bigger than the 140,000 who left New Orleans.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/us/23detroit.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=home...

Temperature nosedive

The Illinois State Water Survey reports that the temperature was 73 degrees at 1:48 p.m. Wednesday. By 7:02 a.m. today -- less than 18 hours later -- it was 30 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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nick wrote on March 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

Tom,
I have a suggestion for your local history category. It involves a more recent event so perhaps you would choose to designate the topic as contemporary history.In any case you certainly could bring some light to the subject.
I would be grateful if you could bring the community up to date on the status of Busey Bank ( The First Busey Corporation) since Busey received 100 million dollars of taxpayer funds on March 6,2009.How's Busey doing? Has the Busey Corporation made any attemts to return any of that money to the U.S.Treasury? The 100 million dollar gift to Busey made the top 5 on the list of Illinois banks receiving taxpayer funds so it seems fair for taxpayers to get a status report.
Thanks.
nick