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Few change plans for spring break

URBANA - Scott Fullman planned to spend this week visiting historic sites such as the Tower of London and having a pint or two in the pubs.

3 hopefuls seek two seats on park board

CHAMPAIGN - Improving Sholem Pool and offering more bicycle and walking paths are among the priorities of the three candidates for the Champaign Park District board.

Prof says parents, children should talk about war

URBANA - Five-year-old Kai Ebata knows there is a war going on, although he may not understand much about what that means.

Uncertainty unsettling for families of troops

MAHOMET - On a night when Marines were reportedly killed in fighting at Nasiriyah, John Hill was glad his son was a little further behind the lines, in Kuwait.

It's Your Business: Rum Runners looking for Champaign location

Rum Runners USA, a small North Carolina-based chain of restaurants that feature dueling pianos and a tropical Caribbean theme, is scouring downtown Champaign to open a new location there.

Champaign council race offers choice of 6

CHAMPAIGN - While the Champaign City Council race may not offer burning public controversies and expensive high-profile races, it does offer something important: a choice.

Employers go above, beyond law for reservists

CHAMPAIGN - When reservists are called to active military duty, the potential loss of their jobs in civilian life is one thing they don't have to worry about.

Building up community from within

CHAMPAIGN - James "Ervin" Allen is 69, blind and crippled. He lives in a little, three-room rented bungalow on Garwood Street. It's a simple house with simple furniture, a well-worn brown couch and a kitchen chair with a broken leg leveled by a brick.

Activists for both sides line Prospect

CHAMPAIGN - Peace activists and military supporters met Saturday without coming to blows, but they probably didn't change each others' minds, either.

Dirty bomb threat nil, prof says

When Sam Barton, a 15-year-old from Maryland, began looking at the difference between "dirty bombs" and traditional nuclear bombs for chemistry class, Julian Palmore caught his eye.