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Task force to look at Champaign fire code compliance

CHAMPAIGN – Concerned that too many apartments in Champaign are not in compliance with the city fire code, the Champaign Fire Department is creating an Apartment Safety Task Force to study the problem over the next year and make recommendations.

The first meeting of the task force, expected to have 15 or 16 members, will be at 4:30 p.m. July 30 at Fire Station 5, at 1810 N. Mattis Ave., C.

Governor backs consumer protections

SPRINGFIELD – Unsolicited e-mail, known as "spam," would be easier to spot and delete, under legislation that Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law Monday.

The new law requires the sender of unsolicited e-mail advertisements to use the code ADLT: as the first four characters in the e-mail's subject line, and ADLT:ADLT to indicate adult-oriented e-mail ads.

Anti-Wal-Mart mailing upsets Urbana officials

URBANA – An anonymous anti-Wal-Mart mailing sent to residents of east Urbana this past weekend has two Urbana City Council members – who residents are urged to contact in the mailing – seeing red.

The mailing, with the headline "Wal-Mart Trying to Invade Our Neighborhood?" was received Saturday by many Urbana residents in the Scottswood, Beringer Commons and Edgewood subdivisions.

Chounard acquitted of murder

URBANA – A Champaign man was acquitted Monday of a New Year's Eve murder in Urbana.

Emmanuel Chounard, 20, had been accused of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of LaQuentin Hughes, 20.

Renovation grants on city agenda

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will consider awarding three redevelopment incentive grants, including possibly issuing two new liquor licenses for bars, at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Champaign City Building at 102 N. Neil St., C.

UI summer attendance increasing for varied reasons

   CHAMPAIGN ? Shawna Barbee, 19, has her sights set on a January 2005 accounting intership with a large company such as Ernst & Young or Price Waterhouse.

Yasar Mohammed, 21, is working toward his certified public accounting exam more than a year away.

Both are using summer-session classes at the University of Illinois to launch them toward their goals, and they aren't alone.

New student trustee eager to tackle issues

CHAMPAIGN – When talking about his new role at the University of Illinois, Nate Allen flashes a smile that makes you think he just won the latest Powerball lottery.

The 21-year-old urban planning major is now the student trustee on the UI Board of Trustees, replacing Keely Stewart.

It's Your Business: Sports medicine practice for dogs available

Does your dog need help recovering from an injury or surgery, or just a good workout routine to help lose weight or cope better with the effects of arthritis and other ailments?

Veterinarian Steve Jacobs says he can help. Jacobs, of Savoy, has combined his two fields – veterinary medicine and physical therapy – into a new sports medicine practice exclusively for dogs.

Calling the birds back

Grassland birds of the Illinois prairie, such as sparrows and meadowlarks, survived its conversion to farmland into the 20th century.

Farms in the 1800s and early 1900s were mixed operations, including cattle and fields of forage – grass – to feed them.

Soldier's mother continues support

American soldiers are getting shot at almost on a daily basis in Iraq, so Ava Tomson wants to know why there's so little about that in the media, and why people have taken down their flags.

"It's not over. It will not be over until they are all home," said Tomson, whose son, Army Spc. Lucas Starcevich, 22, is serving in Iraq in Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit. The Unity and Parkland graduate is with the 46th Chemical Co.