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Historic UI corn plot damaged by vandals

URBANA – An unidentified group of people damaged the historic Morrow Plots at the University of Illinois recently when they stomped down a number of corn stalks.

The Morrow Plots are the oldest agronomic experiment fields in the United States and include the longest-term continuous corn plot in the world. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.

Homeland Security evaluation under way

Two key area officials are coordinating an evaluation of local agencies in four counties in East Central Illinois and their abilities to deal with possible terrorism.

Danville Fire Chief Matt Weber and Champaign County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Bill Keller met Tuesday to discuss a plan to assess first-response agencies in Vermilion, Champaign, Ford and Iroquois counties as part of Homeland Security efforts statewide.

Students learning to live together

Cathy Kowalczyk was sure her roommate was going to be a party animal. Shannon Stoffey thought hers wanted no part in sharing a double-bed room with her.

After rooming together at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls since Aug. 24, the two University of Illinois freshmen can now laugh at their incorrect first impressions.

ACES impresses international military officers

URBANA – Back at his home in Oman, Col. Mahmood Al-Nabhani's specialty is armor, not plant genetics, but he was still enthralled with presentations on thornless blackberries and red pears during a recent visit to the University of Illinois.

"This is very interesting research they do here," Al-Nabhani said.

EIU suspends president hunt

CHARLESTON – Eastern Illinois University is once again putting its search for a president on hold, and it will make interim President Louis Hencken's position permanent.

It is also extending Hencken's contract for two years, through June 30, 2006.

Nursing home employees stage picket outside facility

URBANA – Champaign County Nursing Home employees, who have worked without a contract for the past 10 months, took their cause to the street Wednesday, picketing for more than two hours in front of the nursing home.

"They've gone a year with no wage increase, no increase in their health insurance benefits, nothing," said Jerry Wright, a staff representative with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. "Our membership is getting very discouraged. We're not very far apart on a few issues, but we're dug in."

AmerGen hands over marina

CLINTON – The marina at Clinton Lake has a new owner.
On Tuesday, officials from AmerGen Energy formally donated the Lakeside Marina and the 165 acres on which it sits to DeWitt County.

Do-not-call decision may affect local firms

CHAMPAIGN – Although a recent federal court decision has put the national do-not-call registry on hold, you can expect fewer telemarketing calls starting today, if you have signed up for the list.
The Direct Marketing Association, an industry organization of 4,700 member companies, announced late last week it was asking its members to not call people who signed onto the registry.

Ad students want voice in decisions

URBANA – Advertising students are organizing against what they say is an unfair attack on their department and irresponsible use of their tuition money.
University of Illinois students have formed a group called "AdAdvocates" to preserve the reputation of the advertising department and ensure it is treated fairly.

WILL-AM decides to eliminate 'Fresh Air'

URBANA – "Fresh Air" is off the air here, as local public radio trims its budget.
WILL radio Program Director Jay Pearce, who becomes interim station manager today, said the award-winning National Public Radio interview show with Terry Gross had its last day on WILL-AM Tuesday.