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Area volunteers help rescue, care for canines in storm-ravaged areas

Annette Becherer spent a week with Noah's Wish, an animal rescue group founded in 2002, in a warehouse full of Hurricane Katrina dogs in Slidell, La.

With 300 panicky dogs barking 24 hours a day, it's a good thing Becherer likes canines.

UI welcomes displaced professor

URBANA – When physics Professor Zhiqiang Mao left his home in Metairie, La., and his lab at Tulane University the day before Hurricane Katrina hit, he faced losing valuable research time.

Now he's at the University of Illinois and ready to start work again.

Champaign teachers union expresses interest to continue discussions

CHAMPAIGN – Teachers say lines of communication about a new contract are still open.

But members of the Champaign Federation of Teachers have scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Centennial High School to review progress in negotiations. A union press release says if "significant" progress isn't made by that time, the union will call for an intent-to-strike vote at that meeting.

B. Joseph White presses campus to aim high

URBANA – With an amount of pomp and circumstance usually reserved for graduation ceremonies, the University of Illinois inaugurated its 16th president, B. Joseph White, Thursday afternoon. It was the first such ceremony in almost 50 years.

White, 58, who has been on the job since Jan. 31, spoke about his vision for the UI. He said the university is at a "tipping point" where it could slowly decline toward mediocrity or create a brilliant future.

Urbana school works to keep lunches coming

URBANA – School officials say the damage from a kitchen fire Monday night at Urbana Middle School may run as high as $27,000.

Aramark food service director Piper Harvey said she and her employees expect to start serving meals from kitchen serving lines today. Meanwhile, she said, Aramark trucked in food from Decatur schools Tuesday and Wednesday to feed students at the middle school and at the elementary schools the kitchen serves.

15-year-old accused in fire detained

URBANA – A judge ordered Wednesday that a teen-ager accused of setting fires at Urbana Middle School be detained pending juvenile court proceedings.

Judge Harry Clem ruled that there was probable cause for a juvenile charge of aggravated arson and ordered that a 15-year-old Urbana male be held at the Champaign County Youth Detention Center.

City tired of compromising on tax districts

CHAMPAIGN – City officials say they're tired of compromising with the Champaign school district about what it would take to get unqualified school board support for a proposed South Campus economic development district.

So the city essentially said "take it or leave it" to the school district Tuesday night.

Unit 4 looks to spring bond referendum

CHAMPAIGN – School officials are calling for a bond referendum next spring to improve school facilities and they're asking community members to help them determine priorities.

Committee members will help determine the content and fate of a referendum the Unit 4 district hopes to hold March 21, 2006. The proposal could call for bonds to pay for work that could range from major maintenance at some or all district schools to construction of new schools.

Unit 4 takes no action on tax districts

CHAMPAIGN – School board members Monday dashed hopes of a resolution to a long-running conflict between the district and the city.

At a special session, board members quickly went into closed session – removing from the agenda an agreement about a special district the city wants to create in the South Research Park area to accommodate University of Illinois expansion plans, as well as city plans for a downtown taxing district.

Still reaching for college

MAHOMET – When Vicki Niswander thinks about all the ways her developmentally disabled daughter, Annie, has amazed her over the years, there's one occasion that especially stands out in her memory.

It was back when Annie was an eighth-grader, and part of her homework was to describe in three sentences what happens in the first scene of Shakespeare's "Hamlet."