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Racing helps Massachusetts father, disabled son forge bond

HOLLAND, Mass. (AP) — The year was 1992, and Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, wanted to run and bike across the country to raise funds for a charity for cerebral palsy — a condition 30-year-old Rick developed at birth.


Mild temperatures, wet week ahead

CHAMPAIGN — Warm temperatures will remain through at least Wednesday, but keep an umbrella close as the National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through Friday.

Early Monday morning brings the first chance for thunderstorms. The high temperature is expected to reach the mid-60s during the afternoon, but showers are likely throughout the day.


Activist returning to Urbana to speak, show films

Bhavia Wagner started out being an activist 45 years ago when she was Carol Hartstirn, an Urbana student working to save Allerton Park from a dam project.

Now she lives in Eugene, Ore., and the 1974 Urbana High School graduate works to help children in Cambodia get a good education.


Busy trumpeter making stop at Krannert

In early March, monster trumpeter Arturo Sandoval sent a tweet to a younger but equally awesome trumpeter, Alison Balsom:

"Italian Concertos. Congratulations, dear Alison, you are simply amazing."

He then suggested the two of them play duets. Looks like that might happen.


Wheelchair athletes at the University of Illinois remain on the fast track

Spectators were crowding along the sides of the road next to the start line of the Boston Marathon. The wheelchair participants were lined up, and the top racers in the world were being introduced.

And Aaron Pike was pretty pumped up for his first Boston Marathon.


'Art of Science' exhibit opens Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Now in its third year, the "Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology" exhibition will open on Thursday evening at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.


Environmental Almanac: Ditch the vehicle and start pedaling

Does the warming weather awaken in you the desire to ride a bike — maybe even use one to get to work someday? Then why not do it?


Story will make you quack up

"Lulu and the Duck in the Park" (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.


Asian-American art exhibit on view through July 1

URBANA — "Many Cultures, One Community," a group art exhibit featuring the diverse cultures of Asian Americans in Champaign-Urbana, will be on view through July 1 at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St.


Three from N-G place in top three in writing contest

The News-Gazette's Paul Klee, Bob Asmussen and Jim Rossow each placed in the top three in writing categories in the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

The News-Gazette had more top five finishes (four) than any sports section in the country competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.


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