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Hand grenades removed from Champaign home

CHAMPAIGN – Two hand grenades – apparently live World War II-style – were removed from the basement of a Champaign house by members of the local bomb squad this morning.

Champaign police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said police were called by residents at 1107 W. Springfield Ave. about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The house had been recently purchased in an estate sale and the new owners discovered the two hand grenades above some duct work in the basement as they were moving in, Daniels said.

Savoy board endorses proposal for new school

SAVOY – The Savoy Village Board has set the stage for the construction of a proposed new elementary school in the Prairie Fields subdivision.

But it is anybody's guess when that school will actually be built.

Greyhound considers new stop at cyber cafe

RANTOUL – The Matrix Cyber Cafe may soon become Rantoul's new Greyhound bus terminal.

Rantoul Village Administrator Gary Adams said Wednesday that Greyhound officials have contacted the village about establishing a new bus stop and ticket selling operation at the downtown Internet cafe, which is located at 124 E. Sangamon Ave.

Chicago educator will lead Uni High

URBANA – The assistant principal of a Chicago high school is the new principal and director of University Laboratory High School in Urbana.

Kathleen Moroney Patton will start at Uni High on Aug. 16. She is currently assistant principal and dean of academic affairs at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago.

Prof says packaging locks out tampering

If you find those layers of packaging, locking caps and seals you have to go through to open a new bottle of aspirin annoying, think of it as an anti-terrorism system.

Today's "tamper-evident" packaging, which stems from a 1982 scare involving cyanide-filled Tylenol capsules, is an effective barrier to terrorist attacks on the food supply, at least at the retail level, a University of Illinois professor says.

Naperville Net sting yields 2 arrests

NAPERVILLE – An Internet sting run by the Naperville Police Department has nabbed a Bismarck girls softball coach and a Rantoul man for indecent solicitation of minors.

Kerry L. Johnson, 52, of Bismarck was arrested Saturday and charged with indecent solicitation of a minor, and Andrew P. Jeakins, 43, of rural Rantoul was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with indecent solicitation of a minor and dissemination of child pornography. The two incidents are unrelated, according to Naperville police officials.

UI professor selected to lead national center

A University of Illinois professor has been named the first permanent head of a federal center for combining biology with computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics.

UI Professor Eric Jakobsson already has started work as the director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Fire official says blaze was set intentionally

URBANA – An Urbana apartment house was severely damaged by a fire that was apparently intentionally set.

The fire at 209 N. Central St., a two-story, wood-frame house that had been converted to apartments, was reported at 1:12 a.m. Monday, according to Urbana fire Division Chief Richard Rotramel.

Rantoul board approves 6 new liquor licenses

RANTOUL – Liquor will soon be more plentiful than ever in Rantoul – but a Latino dance club won't be allowed to sell a drop of it.

As a result, the owner of the dance club is considering legal action against the village.

Transportation service loses key participant

A key partner in a transportation program for Champaign County senior citizens has dropped out, citing a loss of United Way funding.

The decision by the Illini Prairie chapter of the local American Red Cross has left two other agencies scrambling to continue the service beyond June 30.