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CHAMPAIGN – For eight Edison Middle School students, Legos are not just toy building blocks, they're also the means to discovering engineering robotics, computer programming and teamwork.

And they are the vehicle to a first prize at the regional FIRST Lego League Robotic Competition, held on the University of Illinois campus last Saturday.

Solon House donated to group

CHAMPAIGN – One of the city's oldest and certainly grandest houses has been donated to the Preservation and Conservation Association.

The Civil War-era Solon House, one of the few remaining Italianate structures in Champaign-Urbana, was designated a landmark by the Champaign City Council in 1998, three years after the last of Francis Solon's children, John Solon, died.

Volunteers sew comfort for parents in tough time

URBANA – In the palm of her hand, Joan Newcomb-Neumann of Urbana gently holds a tiny baby gown and matching bonnet that look like they were made for a doll about Barbie's height.

"I was told to make them to fit a pop can," she says with a sad smile.

Plenty of need; not enough means

URBANA – Each year thousands of families in danger of losing their homes get emergency financial help from the state, but even more are turned away.

Across Illinois, more than 40,000 requests for a homeless prevention grant were not funded last year because there wasn't enough money in the Illinois Homeless Prevention Fund, according to a new study.

Fitting tribute for hero

URBANA – An Urbana star athlete killed by a Japanese sniper on Iwo Jima has earned an new honor 60 years after his death.

The local Marine Corps League post will be named for Marine Cpl. Richard L. Pittman, who died Feb. 21, 1945, amid furious fighting in the battle that is commemorated by the famous flag-raising statue in Washington.

CBS show to feature former officer

PARIS, Ill. – A Champaign investigator's fight with his superior to get new trials for two Paris men will be featured on the news program "48 Hours."

The show will air at 9 p.m. Dec. 17 on CBS, according to retired state police Lt. Mike Callahan.

Allerton Public Library to close for ceiling repairs

MONTICELLO – The Allerton Public Library in Monticello will be closed for three weeks for repairs to its library's ceiling.

"We've been having problems since July and August, when tiles on the ceiling started falling out," said library director Lisa Winters.

Now's the time to watch for credit card fraud

So you're at a crowded cafe and call Ticketmaster on your cellphone to order some concert tickets.

You pull out your wallet and read off your credit card numbers to the operator over the phone.

Bad idea. The person sitting behind you could jot down those numbers, then head to the mall for a shopping spree, courtesy of your good credit.

High winds hamper road-clearing efforts

Champaign County road crews were expecting the snow Thursday, but the high winds threw them for a loop.

"I've been here since 6 a.m. Thursday," Tracy Wingler, county highway maintenance supervisor, said about 6:30 a.m. today. "I wish this was March already."

Developer aims to build funds for medical aid

URBANA – Before Brady Homes built its first house as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Brenda Coleman was among the Brady staff members who traveled to Memphis to see the hospital in action.

And what she saw touched her heart.