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UI to get papers of ex-NASA engineer

URBANA – In the early 1960s, NASA had a pretty good idea how to get astronauts to the moon. But the astronauts were a little concerned that nobody could agree on how to get them back.

University of Illinois engineering graduate John C. Houbolt held a minority viewpoint.

UI Library's 10 millionth volume is unique

URBANA – The University of Illinois Library – the largest public university library in the world – will be adding the 10 millionth volume to its collection in a dedication ceremony Friday.

The volume is a one-of-a-kind, handmade book of personal reflections and artwork about the library, contributed by those associated with the library over the years. It is titled "Unlocking Our Past, Building Our Future: A Commemorative Publication Celebrating the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign as Resource, as Place, and as Experience."

Later Rantoul liquor sales rejected

RANTOUL – The last call for alcohol won't be changing in Rantoul.

Following a spirited discussion Tuesday evening, the Rantoul Village Board unanimously rejected a proposal by bar owner Keith LaGrone to extend liquor sales on weekends.

UI's Taft, Van Doren halls now blend both genders

CHAMPAIGN – Junior Nick Greene made Taft residence hall home for the past two years before switching over to the adjoining Van Doren this year. That option had been impossible for the last 46 years.

When the two University of Illinois residence hall buildings were built in 1957, Taft was strictly for male students and Van Doren strictly for women. It remained that way until last spring.

Library district seeks tax increase

TOLONO – The library district that includes Tolono, Savoy and Sadorus has asked for a 51 percent increase in property taxes.

Library officials don't really expect to receive that much more money due to tax caps, but they are asking for the increase to maximize the library's revenue from new construction, which isn't covered under tax caps.

$2.8 million will aid UI ag research

URBANA – Sen. Dick Durbin announced $2.8 million in federal funding for agriculture research at the University of Illinois at a meeting with researchers and college officials Tuesday.

Included in the fiscal year 2004 Agriculture Appropriations bill is $844,000 for the university's Soybean Disease Biotechnology Research Center.

New leader for food bank

URBANA – With the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in a period of growth, a new leader took over Tuesday.

Former director Linda Wulf, 44, is moving to Reno, Nev., and Rich Bloom is marking his first week as the new director.

Small community a big help to ailing farmer

ATWOOD – News travels fast in small farming towns like Atwood.

Just last week, Gary Appleby learned his friend, farmer Don Mauck, had been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and liver. By Monday morning, about 20 combines started rolling down U.S. 36 on their way to harvest Mauck's fields.

New Champaign police chief selected

CHAMPAIGN – First a basketball coach, now a police chief.

Carbondale residents might be feeling today like their city is an employment training service for Champaign-Urbana.

UI prof nets physics Nobel

URBANA – His father was a high school physics teacher in England, but a career in the field that he's now won a Nobel Prize for was the last thing on Anthony Leggett's mind.

He received his first undergraduate degree in classical languages and literature, studying Greek and Roman philosophy.