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Franklin player's shot nets national attention

CHAMPAIGN – Franklin Middle School's state championship team – and the shot that won the game – focused national media attention on the Champaign school.

Over the weekend, ESPN aired film of Verdell Jones III's 80-foot shot that nailed the basket as the final buzzer rang, winning the game at Stanford in the second overtime by one point. The sports network named it the No. 1 play of the day.

Declaration of Independence tour making UI stop

URBANA – Printed in 1776, lost for two centuries, found in a flea market, a rare first copy of the Declaration of Independence comes to town March 9.

Christy Salcido, the communications director of Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan group that seeks to encourage young voters, said the document, one of 200 printed on July 4, 1776, is one of only 25 to survive.

Strong finish to marathon study

David Sherwood has been a marathon runner outside the lab – it's about the only time you would have seen his name in the paper over the years; professionally he has kept a low profile – so why not in the lab as well?

The University of Illinois molecular and integrative physiology professor, who has spent 30 years studying a single hormone integral to the birth process, traces the start of the race to his boyhood on a farm in Wisconsin.

Senioritis: An academic epidemic

If someone wants to buy Lavette Clark's books next fall, they will be in excellent condition. That's because some of them haven't been opened, even though spring semester started a month ago.

"I am ready to get out of here," said the University of Illinois senior in finance. "I am burned out. I'm not motivated."

Accident kills UI student

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old University of Illinois student who was killed Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle.

Champaign and University of Illinois police found Nadia S. Chowdhury of Naperville lying in the roadway at the intersection of South Fourth and East John streets at 2:05 a.m. after responding to a call for a traffic accident.

Music for the heart

URBANA – Pastor Guy Storm has often witnessed the healing effects of music when he has ministered at the bedsides of his dying friends, and he has marveled at the way a simple song can lift a person's spirit.

Now, he's part of an innovative study intended to show whether certain pieces of music may actually improve the way a diseased heart deals with stress.

Coach spins tough exit into 'learning tool'

STANFORD – It was an appropriate end to an eighth-grade championship basketball game that was tight all the way through two overtimes.

A Franklin Middle School player fouled, a Morton Junior High School player made two free throws to move ahead two points and, with two seconds on the clock, Franklin player Verdell Jones III pulled off a perfect Hail Mary shot, hurling the ball 80 feet into the basket to clinch the championship.

Candidate: Budget gives short shrift to UI needs

Deborah Frank Feinen, the Republican running to replace state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, in the House this fall, is not happy with the governor's budget proposal, which cuts state funding to the University of Illinois and a number of higher education grants.

The governor's budget shows higher education funding increasing but does so by including the tuition and income fund and other university-held funds, including research money and endowments. The amount of state funds the UI is slated to get in the year beginning July 1 is actually $14 million less than this year, a 2 percent cut.

Urbana man found guilty of murder

URBANA – A 19-year-old Urbana man could spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction Friday for first-degree murder.

Because the six-man, six-woman jury found that Lamonte Dixon Jr. personally fired the gun that killed Teri Clark last spring, he faces penalties ranging from 45 to 85 years in prison. He'll have to serve 100 percent of whatever sentence he receives.

Area police teaming up

Local police departments announced a new partnership Friday for officers to receive training on dealing with people who suffer from mental illnesses.

The Champaign, Rantoul, University of Illinois and Urbana Police departments have joined forces to create the East Central Illinois Crisis Intervention Team. Funded by an Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board $100,000 grant, the Crisis Intervention Team will provide response by trained officers for mentally ill persons who may be in a crisis.