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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.


Delta will start offering local service on May 14

CHAMPAIGN – Passengers traveling from Willard Airport will have a new alternative May 14. That's the date Delta Air Lines has chosen to launch Delta Connection service between Champaign-Urbana and Cincinnati.

Delta announced today it will offer three Delta Connection flights daily between Willard Airport in Savoy and Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.


It's Your Business: Chinese restaurant locating next to Schnucks

The vacant restaurant space next to the Schnucks grocery on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign will soon house a new Chinese restaurant.

The restaurant, to be called Four Seasons House, is taking over the space vacated by the former Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe. The new restaurant is set to open about April 1, said Dean Tsui, a spokesman for the owners.


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.


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."


Foundry damages reduced

URBANA – A Champaign County judge Friday let stand her earlier ruling that reduced the amount of punitive damages that 36 neighbors of Alloy Engineering and Casting are to receive.

In September, a Champaign County jury ruled that the 63-year-old foundry at 1700 W. Washington St., C, should have to pay $1.08 million in damages to 36 of 80 plaintiffs who had filed suit against the plant alleging that emissions from the plant were damaging property and diminishing the quality of life for neighbors.


Trams on council agenda

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will be asked Tuesday night to endorse a fixed-guideway or tram system for improving Champaign-Urbana's mass transit system.

But at least two council members say they have some doubts about pursuing such a project. The estimated cost is $178 million, and 20 percent to 30 percent of that would come from local sources.