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Baby Bo: What a miracle he is

It's a chilly April afternoon, and 13-month-old Bo Porter and his mom are curled up on their living room floor, looking at a picture book in their Urbana home.

Bo reaches up to tug something loose near his neck, and Katey Porter quickly reattaches it.

"It's his favorite toy," she says of the suction piece to the long, skinny tubing that connects her tiny son to the portable ventilator that is always at his side, keeping him breathing.


'We are forever grateful to this hero'

"All gave some; some gave all."

The sign, on a vehicle from the Canton VFW, said it all in the funeral procession Friday for a soldier killed in Iraq.


Michael Jordan's son to UI

CHAMPAIGN – As famous sons go, there may not be a precedent for Jeffrey Jordan.

Mainly because there has never been anyone like his father.

Jordan, a senior guard at Loyola Academy and Michael's son, said this morning he will attend and play basketball at Illinois.


Family ties connect UI to site of rampage

BLACKSBURG, Va. – April 16 started like any other Monday at Virginia Tech and the University of Illinois, before the world learned of a killer named Seung-Hui Cho.

Though the campuses are hundreds of miles apart, family ties would connect them on this day of fear, sadness and horror.


Parents: 'We were blessed to have her'

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The pain is fresh every morning for Bryan and Renee Cloyd.

They rise early to try to become numb, and when they do, they can talk to friends about Austin, their daughter who died last week in the shootings at Virginia Tech. It gets easier as they talk. But by evening, they don't want to go to bed, knowing they'll feel the pain again in the morning.


Fallen Tolono soldier welcomed home

SAVOY – A line of motorcycles bearing flags, their riders clad in black leather, rumbled its way through a light mist Wednesday on its way to Willard Airport.

The riders came from all over the state and from a variety of backgrounds, but all shared a common goal – to honor Pfc. Lucas Starcevich, a man they'd never met.


Source: Michael Jordan's son to UI

CHAMPAIGN – As famous sons go, there may not be a precedent for Jeffrey Jordan.

Mainly because there has never been anyone like his father.

Jordan, a senior guard at Loyola Academy and Michael's son, is expected to announce today his decision to attend and play basketball at the University of Illinois, a source close to the situation said Thursday night.


Parkland president takes four-week medical leave

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College board members will hold a special meeting Wednesday to grant medical leave to Parkland President Robert Exley and to talk about business in his absence.

The college announced Monday that Exley's four-week leave would be effective that day.


Young Loda patient glad to be home at last

LODA – Since being diagnosed with cancer last August, junior high student Ryan Coe also had to contend with cabin fever after being cooped up in a hospital or in the Ronald McDonald apartments in St. Louis for eight months.

But Ryan filled his time with e-mail messages to his friends in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools and making homemade fishing lures.


It's quiet now, but not for long ...

It's so still in the three-bedroom ranch-style house on Meadowlawn Drive.

Quintuplets live here, right?

The quiet deceives – but not the five baby swings arranged in a semi-circle in the front room, or the dispenser of alcohol foam attached to the wall next to the front door. A small note tells visitors to wash hands or use the foam before and after contact with any infant.

A paper banner draped across the entry to the kitchen and dining room announces, "Welcome Home Team Quint, est. Dec. 21."