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In the future, a doctor with a patient in need of a new bone might design one on a computer screen and then punch a button to make it reality.
If that sounds like science fiction, consider this: Researchers at the University of Illinois and Sandia National Laboratories, working with Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, did something a lot like it recently.
URBANA – When Matthew Woodbury rolled up to his parents' house in Urbana on Saturday, he had ridden his bicycle for two weeks, through rainstorms and over mountains, to get there.
And he's only about one-fourth of the way through his trip.
URBANA – Navy Commander James Gregory turned to his civilian self, Dr. James Gregory, to come up with a plan for floating trauma centers in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
And the immense Navy Afloat Trauma System, despite all the uniforms, ended up looking a lot like civilian emergency rooms, using many of the same standards in finding, triaging and treating wounded or ill military personnel – Iraqis among them.
URBANA – Hugh Phillips studied for the priesthood for a decade before he changed careers and became a teacher in California.
Forty years later and, by a circuitous route, in Illinois, he started a third career, as director of a group that helps Latino workers, El Centro por Los Trabajadores.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign school teacher's aide is accused of fondling a girl at South Side Elementary School last month.
Donald Lee Stewart, 37, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Larkspur Lane, Champaign, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery in a public place, namely South Side Elementary, 712 S. Pine St.
ROSSVILLE – Months of merger discussions with neighboring school districts may finally give way to action Monday night when the Rossville-Alvin school board considers a resolution to pursue a high school cooperative with the Bismarck-Henning school district – or a consolidation with the Hoopeston Area school district.
Rossville-Alvin Superintendent Carl Sartwell said the resolution states that Rossville-Alvin and Bismarck-Henning will form an athletic cooperative in all sports in the 2004-05 school year and begin sharing some academics. That would serve as a transition to share all athletics and academics in following school years.
DANVILLE – A decision by the Balloon Classic Illinois board of directors to establish an education fund at Danville Area Community College has basically signaled the end of the annual hot air balloon event.
Balloon Classic Executive Director Ron Crick announced Friday that the organization will contribute $100,000 to the DACC Foundation for two annual $500 scholarships for students who are active volunteers in the community. The contribution depletes the organization's reserve funds, making it nearly impossible to finance another Balloon Classic event. The last one was in 2001.
RANTOUL – Col. Bill Thompson said he was too busy trying to defend his country to worry about breaking color barriers in the military 63 years ago.
"When you put your life on the line to defend the world for democracy, you don't think a lot about a person's color of skin," said Thompson, one of the original members of the 99th Pursuit Squadron. "We were all Americans first."
Like minute ants, Myosin V proteins can heft and haul things many times their own weight, much larger containers of chemicals, for example, that nerve cells need to fuel the electrical signals they fire.
But how the proteins move along cellular pathways with their loads has been a subject of biological debate. Did they crawl like an inch worm or did they, in effect, walk on two legs?
RANTOUL – One of the classes at the Lincoln's Challenge Academy made history this spring by becoming the first class to earn academic awards in all five areas of study.
Cadets from Team 7 captured the academy's top academic awards in literature and art, writing skills, mathematics, sciences and social sciences this spring, according to academy spokesman Dick Steigmann.