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CHAMPAIGN – School officials say hundreds of Champaign students haven't yet complied with state rules requiring them to file health records at their schools.
To make compliance easier for everyone, the district has scheduled a clinic from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 for physicals and immunizations. Services will be free, said Ecomet Burley, assistant superintendent for pupil services, who says he's worried about the number of children on the noncompliance list this year.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.