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Memorial service moved to bigger venue

The location for the memorial service for Art Lerner, a veteran Champaign attorney who died March 31, has been changed.

The memorial service was originally scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Champaign County Courthouse. The location has been changed to the Laborer's Hall in Urbana, 108 E. Anthony Drive, to accommodate the large crowd expected, according to John Gadau, president of the Champaign County Bar Association. The time and date of the service remain the same.


New UI trustee a tough trial lawyer and civil rights pioneer

James Montgomery always had something to prove.

First, that a middle child could stand out by going to college and law school – a rarity for black Americans in the 1950s.

Then, that blacks could excel in law school despite hostility from white peers.


Parents remember son for his ability to bring family together

CHAMPAIGN – Shawn Marmion relished preparing and filing his son's income tax return. It wasn't because he was expecting a whopping refund.

"When I folded up the form, I did it so slowly. That was the strangest feeling. I realized that as his dad, this is one of the last physical things I got to do for him," said Shawn Marmion. "It was a hard moment, but I treasured it."


Unity grad talks about Monday's massacre

SADORUS – Brent Stierwalt was in his 9 a.m. class Monday morning when he and his classmates heard sirens.

"People were getting up and looking out the window to see if we could see anything," said Stierwalt, a Virginia Tech sophomore and 2005 Unity High School graduate said.


Tolono family receiving community support after son's death

TOLONO – Army Pfc. Lucas Starcevich never wanted his family to worry.

His mother, Ava Tomson, spoke with him three times last week and had last talked to him on Friday.


Frantic parents learned of daughter's death Tuesday

For more than 24 hours, Bryan and Renee Cloyd desperately searched for word of their daughter's fate.

The Cloyds hadn't heard from 18-year-old Austin since the horrific shootings Monday morning at Virginia Tech University, where the former Centennial High School student had enrolled last fall as an international studies and French major.


Slain student remembered as caring, active person

BLACKSBURG, Va. – It was on the basketball court that Austin Cloyd and Beth Elliott got to know one another – or rather, on the bench. When they weren't in the game, they'd sit and talk, sometimes to the dismay of their coach.

"We liked to sit the bench together. That's how we became good friends," Elliott said.


Ex-Centennial student one of those killed at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A former Centennial High School student was among those killed in the shooting rampage in Blacksburg, Va., officials said early this afternoon.

Austin Cloyd, a Virginia Tech student in international studies, died when a gunman shot and killed 32 people before turning a gun on himself Monday morning.


Auto racing TV show to feature Ogden woman with cancer

OGDEN – Sue Voges never envisioned herself as a poster child for raising awareness about breast cancer.

"That wasn't my intent," said the 50-year-old Ogden woman, who is a master sergeant with the Illinois State Police, working as an investigator in Champaign.


'I'm a very lively renaissance man'

The school was atop a hill, and Charles Joseph Smith remembers looking down onto Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and wanting more.

"I wanted to go to regular school so badly," he said, thinking back to his time as a student at the Beacon School for children with special needs.