Tuesday's News-Gazette: Life's secrets probed, Marine returns for visit, next Illini grid foe

In Tuesday's paper, we ask some cosmic questions, visit with a former troubled student who is now a Marine and look at the next Illini football foe — a team that plays at a rapid-fire pace.

Is there life beyond earth? Why does life exist at all? With the help of an $8 million grant from NASA, a team of University of Illinois researchers aims to understand the general principles of life — life here on earth billions of years ago and life possibly elsewhere in the universe. Christine des Garennes reports.

Meg Dickinson visited the READY Program in downtown Champaign, the alternative school where Monday was an emotional but happy day as staff members welcomed back a graduate who’s officially a U.S. Marine.

Don Dodson reports that residents could start moving into the newly renovated Inman Place senior living center this week, if a city inspection Tuesday results in a conditional occupancy permit for the downtown Champaign landmark.

In Sports, columnist Loren Tate says that the next Illini football opponent, Louisian Tech, play at a dizzying pace. The Bulldogs like to machine-gun plays in rapid-fire tempo. They ripped Rice 56-37 last weekend after outscoring Houston 56-49 in a contest that set the NCAA record for most plays, 118.

In Health & Fitness, columnist Jodi Heckel writes that the topic of stretching before running is surprisingly controversial.

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