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Community foundations will share contribution

CHAMPAIGN – The Community Foundation of Champaign County, along with 17 other community foundations across the state, is the recipient of a $530,000, five-year grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation to help with child care, land-use preservation and workforce development.
The Grand Victoria Foundation is an arm of the Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, which distributes 20 percent of the casino's net annual operating income to communities across the state. Some $12 million has been committed by the casino foundation over the next five years.

Man shot by police charged with disarming peace officer

URBANA – A man accused of taking the duty weapon of a Champaign County sheriff's deputy Friday was charged Monday with disarming a peace officer.

A warrant was served Monday on Richard B. Martinez, 39, whose last known address was in Phoenix, as he recovered from injuries he sustained after being shot by an unidentified police officer Friday night.

UI officials happy with affirmative action votes

URBANA – The decisions Monday by the Supreme Court in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases won't change the way the University of Illinois makes admissions decisions.

The UI considers race as one factor in deciding whom to admit, but it does not use a point system like the one the court struck down in one of the Michigan cases.

UI plans to observe landmark decision

URBANA – The University of Illinois will host a yearlong series of events beginning this fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education.

The events will examine the legacy of the decision, in which the court ruled that a "separate but equal" education for blacks and whites was unconstitutional.

Libraries must make decisions on Web filters

Area librarians say they aren't sure how they will implement a federal law that requires, but does not fund, software filters to block porn on public computers.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress can force the nation's public libraries to equip computers with filters that would prevent children from viewing pornography or lose federal funding.

Wolfram Research marks15 years, new Mathematica

In 1988, WordPerfect was the gold standard for word processing and Lotus 1-2-3 was spreadsheet king.

Microsoft Windows was at version 2.0, and widely panned. Microsoft Word was a relative newcomer. There was no such thing as Microsoft Office.

Library's history found in drawer

GEORGETOWN – Linda Davidson is always looking for more space in the Georgetown Public Library, but, recently, a little house cleaning and an attempt to get some additional filing space netted a precious find for the librarian.

"I was trying to open this bottom drawer in order to rearrange something and find more space," Davidson said of a cabinet toward the back of the library at 105 E. West St. "I had to use a hammer, gently, to get the drawer open, and when I did, it felt like something was caught in the back."

Suspect in arson arrested

URBANA – An 18-year-old Urbana man was arrested for breaking into one apartment and setting fire to another one in Urbana on Saturday.

Peter J. McCloud, 18, who listed an address in the 1200 block of East Michigan Avenue, was arrested for aggravated arson and criminal damage to property, according to one Urbana police report. He was also arrested for criminal trespass for breaking into a vacant apartment in the 1200 block of East Michigan Avenue, according to another report.

UI board will vote on tuition plan

URBANA – University of Illinois students will pay $212 more per semester in tuition at Urbana this fall – an 8 percent increase – under a proposed tuition plan.

The money from the proposed tuition increase would allow the UI to offer a salary program for faculty and staff and reduce the number of jobs and course sections that will be eliminated because of budget cuts.

Brick is no dummy

Don't talk about being dumb as a rock in front of this brick.

The "smart" brick developed by University of Illinois researchers can tell you its temperature and whether it's leaning or vibrating, among other things. In the future, it also may report on its humidity level, and on the chemicals it senses in its environment.