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New UI trustee talks about changes for black attorneys

CHAMPAIGN – When James Montgomery began practicing law in Chicago, Cook County had three black attorneys – all men.

There were no black associates at major law firms, no black federal judges and no large black law firms.

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq to speak Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan will speak about "Changing the World: Students Bonding Over Common Ideals" at 7 p.m. Thursday in 228 Natural History Building.

Sheehan is one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization created in 2005 to seek an end to the occupation of Iraq and provide support for families of fallen soldiers.

After deaths of two children, she's taking life one step at a time

DANVILLE – Jennifer Booe takes life minute by minute since recovering from severe burns she suffered in a mobile home fire in January.

"I try to put my best face on and face the world," she said. "I've got to find a way to move on and deal with everything. It's hard."

Arthur man's gift has gone a long way

ARTHUR – Early in the early 20th century, no one could have envisioned that a young man trudging the dusty roads between Arthur and Lovington would become a half-million dollar benefactor for the two villages, but 70 years later, that's exactly what happened.

In October 1973, John Timm set up a trust document for the distribution of his estate, which included bequests to a sister, nieces, nephews, a secretary and the Illinois Masonic Hospital of Chicago.

Danville doctors take voyage to Antarctica

DANVILLE – Most Midwesterners would opt for a beach vacation in midwinter. But when Danville doctors Surendra and Usha Paruchuri headed south this winter, they skipped over every beach spot in the Western Hemisphere and chose Antarctica instead.

"I'm always interested in going to end-of-the-world places," said Usha Paruchuri, who's a doctor at Veterans Affairs Illiana Healthcare System in Danville. Her husband, Surendra, is a doctor at the Danville Polyclinic.

Man dies after SUV hits his buggy from behind

URBANA – Willis A. Miller, 52, died at 6:33 p.m. Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital in the intensive care unit, said Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

The rural Arthur man had been driving a horse and buggy at about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday when it was hit from behind by a sport utility vehicle driven by Timothy W. Scheffer, 28, of Atwood.

Quints home at last

DANVILLE – At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, it looked like a mid-February block party was brewing near Pete and Jenny Ferrill's house on Meadowlawn Drive.

By 7 p.m., it sounded like a block party.

Third-grader returns after again beating back leukemia

DANVILLE – Sitting in a hospital bed last July hooked up to three IVs, all Jenna McMillin wished for was to feel well enough to go to school.

"I missed my friends," recalled the 8-year-old Danville girl, who at the time was at St. Louis Children's Hospital fighting her second battle against leukemia and awaiting a bone-marrow transplant.

Quints heading home today

ST. LOUIS – The quintuplets are coming home in style today – in a limousine.

"It'll be a good ride. We wanted to do something special," said Pete Ferrill, who will be traveling to St. Louis this morning and returning to Danville along with Jenny and the three boys, Layne, Drayden and Landyn, and the two girls, Kieran and Irelyn.

Hoopeston students mourn teacher, coach

HOOPESTON – At the last boys' basketball game of the season on Friday, players and spectators took a moment of silence to remember a popular Hoopeston Area High School teacher and coach who died suddenly at school that morning.

Danny Park, 55, of Hoopeston, was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. on Friday at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital's emergency room, after suffering a massive heart attack, Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said.