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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 – In mid-May, police were called to Franklin Middle School after a bomb threat, a dramatic event emblematic of the troubled year there. It wasn't the last time police would visit the school.
Faculty members at Franklin say events during the school year just completed have been so
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.
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?
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.
URBANA – A unique summer research program at the University of Illinois for Slavic scholars will celebrate its 30th anniversary next week.
The Summer Research Laboratory on Russia and Eastern Europe begins Monday and runs through Aug. 8. More than 200 scholars from the United States and around the world will visit the UI this summer.
Members of two spinning and weaving clubs will put their talents and products on display this weekend.
The Hoosier Heritage Spinners and Weavers and the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild will gather for a "reunion" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Homestead Area of Forest Glen Preserve, 7 miles east of Westville. Members of the two spinning and weaving clubs will display fiber art equipment, skills and products at the Vermilion County Conservation District park.