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Public defender excited by work

URBANA – Growing up, Randy Rosenbaum didn't envision himself as a champion of the legal rights of criminal defendants. But he definitely was instilled with a sense of service at a young age.

In high school, he did volunteer work with refugees, and during all four years of college, he served as a hospice worker, tending to dying patients and their families.

'A new way of doing biology'

URBANA – For years, scientists have questioned whether our hereditary nature or our environment was more important in shaping our behavior. The answer: both.

University of Illinois entomology Professor Gene Robinson uses the honeybee to study how genes influence social behavior. A new research institute at UI will help Robinson better understand genomic activity.

Development rising 'to the next level'

   CHAMPAIGN ? When the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. was looking for a marketing tagline, it settled on one emphasizing location and innovation.

   "Location to the third degree, plus innovation to the nth degree" is what the economic development group adopted after input from a Chicago consulting firm.

Healing sick planes

   A technology designed by University of Illinois researchers to look at ventilation in pig barns may make for healthier airliners.

   UI agricultural engineering Professor Yuanhui Zhang this month will complete a two-year study of the air flow inside the passenger cabin of a Boeing 767, a life-sized section of which Zhang and his students have recreated in Zhang's lab at the UI.

Identity of man who fired shots not released

URBANA – Police on Saturday said they're not ready to release the identity of a man shot during a confrontation with officers Friday night on Urbana's east side.

The man suffered at least one gunshot wound, and was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Witness: Kruger confessed

DANVILLE – Joshua Kruger's former girlfriend told jurors that the day after Peter Godels was found beaten to death in his home, Kruger confessed to her about the Westville man's murder.

"He pointed to the TV and said, 'I killed that man,'" said Michelle Carlton, 26, of Danville, the mother of Kruger's twin children, during testimony Friday in Kruger's murder trial.

Class over for longtime teacher

CHAMPAIGN – Every fall for 37 years, Barb Yount has opened her Holy Cross School classroom door to greet new classes of seventh- and eighth-graders, wondering what challenges and joys the year would bring.

On May 30, she closed that door for the last time, an event the no-nonsense Yount views with mixed emotions. But she said she knows the time was right to retire.

Missing Urbana man found in Michigan

URBANA – After spending a week finding an Urbana man who was reported missing, police aren't going to spend any more time trying to figure out why he temporarily disappeared.

Frank B. Spina, 50, who had last been seen by family members on a Father's Day visit in Bourbonnais, was found at midday Friday in Michigan, according to Urbana police Lt. Michael Metzler.

Board dismisses state's advice

SPRINGFIELD – The State Universities Retirement System Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to invest the proceeds from the state's recent bond sale in the same way the rest of the system's funds are invested, despite pressure from the governor's office to do otherwise.

John Filan, director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, held a series of private meetings earlier this month with representatives from the state's pension systems, and attended the SURS investment committee meeting Thursday to pitch his proposal.

Ford County receives a mixed forecast

GIBSON CITY – While Ford County's retail sales and agricultural output have declined for the second straight year, its unemployment rate is lower than much of Illinois, and its home sales are on the rise.

Ed Scharlau, vice chairman of First Busey Corp., painted a mixed picture of the county's economy in his eighth annual Busey Bank Ford County Economic Seminar, held Friday at the Railside Country Club.