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Racing helps Massachusetts father, disabled son forge bond

HOLLAND, Mass. (AP) — The year was 1992, and Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, wanted to run and bike across the country to raise funds for a charity for cerebral palsy — a condition 30-year-old Rick developed at birth.

Mild temperatures, wet week ahead

CHAMPAIGN — Warm temperatures will remain through at least Wednesday, but keep an umbrella close as the National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through Friday.

Early Monday morning brings the first chance for thunderstorms. The high temperature is expected to reach the mid-60s during the afternoon, but showers are likely throughout the day.

'Steel Magnolias' opens Friday at DHS

DANVILLE — The DHS Players will present their spring production, "Steel Magnolias," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

The play, written by Robert Harling, depicts the story of the ladies in Truvy's small-town beauty parlor who love each other, even as they argue and gossip about practically everything.

Richard J. Leskosky: Multiple roles nothing new in film

The cinema enthralls us with illusions within illusions, and even the most obvious can quickly become complicated. Take acting, for example. It's basically a performer pretending to be someone else, and that in itself can be extremely nuanced and complex. But sometimes that complexity derives simply from the fact that one actor portrays more than one character, often at the same time.

Winners of baroque competition to be featured in concert

CHAMPAIGN — The winners of the Young Baroque Artists Competition will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

The program will begin with the presentation of the first- and second-place winners and the three honorable mention performers.

Pianist Moye Chen will perform on April 21

URBANA — Pianist Moye Chen, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' 2013 Debut Artist, will perform at 3 p.m. April 21 in the Foellinger Great Hall.

Chen received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and an artist diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At the University of Illinois, Chen studies with Professor William Heiles.

Business and professional briefs April 14, 2013

New jobs

First State Bank adds Gensler. Justin Gensler has joined First State Bank as branch manager of the facility at Neil Street and Windsor Road in Champaign.

In addition to operational oversight of the branch office, he will focus on mortgage lending and community engagement.

UI researcher starting silver-inks firm in C-U

URBANA — Brett Walker seemingly can't stop creating stuff.

The 27-year-old doctoral student at the University of Illinois started a gun-parts business in high school.

He turned his attention to fuels in college, converting waste grease into biodiesel and "slop oil" into pipeline-grade oil.

Tom Kacich: Film may hit 'Home Run' for recovery program

All around the country this week, groups of people will be talking about and promoting a new baseball movie.

But not the one about Jackie Robinson, the revered Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.

A second baseball-themed movie, opening next Friday, confronts a different social issue: abuse and dependency.

Story will make you quack up

"Lulu and the Duck in the Park" (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.