Births and deaths

   Births and deaths for Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Champaign County reports DUIs up

   URBANA ? An increase in the number of drunken-driving cases ? despite tougher penalties on the law books ? has Champaign County State's Attorney John Piland a little alarmed.   ?This year, we already have 800 DUI cases in Champaign County,? Piland said at a news conference Tuesday at his office in Urbana. ?That represents more than a 12 percent increase over last year, when we had 710 DUI cases.?

Violence at work

URBANA - Imagine you're at work, minding your own business, when your co-worker's ex-spouse stomps in and starts yelling and threatening everyone. Or, one of your co-workers who was recently fired bursts through the front door of your company with a gun and demands to see the boss.