In Saturday's paper, we have an update on Erika Harold, dental checkups for working dogs, and a look at local athletes in the upcoming Paralympic Games.
Erika Harold, the Urbana native who threw her hat in the ring for the 13th Congressional District nomination ultimately awarded to Rodney Davis, is back in Chicago practicing law, Tom Kacich reports. But state and local Republican leaders still want her on an election ballot and working for the party.
Most people know that good dental health is important, but they might not consider it's important for their pets as well. Debra Pressey writes that relief may be in sight for at least some local working dogs suffering from tooth and gum pain: Guide dogs, military dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and other service dogs will be eligible to receive free oral health exams from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
In At Home, we visit a gardener in Savoy who started relatively recently to build a perennial garden, and she finds her efforts to relaxing rather than taxing. We've also got advice from the UI Extension Service about what to do for your lawn this dry, weedy season.
In Sports, the Paralympic Games begin in late August in London, and former, current and future Illini athletes will be well-represented. Jeff Huth talks with some of the local participants.