Pet Talk | Mosquitoes: Small but dangerous

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Mosquito season is here. Not only are the bites inflicted by these flying pests itchy and annoying, they also carry the risk of disease for humans and animals alike. Veterinarians actively monitor, treat and seek solutions for diseases that affect human and animal health.

C-U haiku, Aug. 12, 2018

Dueling orange dragons

Glow in clouds lit by sunset

Fierce end to the day

— Terry Schamber, Sadorus

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The Way We Were: Crystal Lake Park

Crystal Lake Park has served canoeists, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, walkers and fishing fans — and too many geese — in its greenish waters. It became Urbana's first public park in 1907.

Library events, Aug. 12-19, 2018

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the main library, make a mini picture book with a colorful surprise inside at Exploding Books, part of the Afternoon Adventures series for school-age kids and their families.

Patricia Hruby Powell | 'Moonrise' offers emotional ride

Joe Moon is 17 and hasn't seen his older brother Ed in 10 years in "Moonrise" (Bloomsbury 2018) by Sarah Crossan. Joe is nearly penniless, but he leaves New York to go to Wakeling, Texas. Ed is on death row, and his execution date is set.

The Law Q&A | Cellphones and the Fourth Amendment

Is the data of my cellphone location protected from search and seizure by the government?

Heck yes.

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cellphone location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment of the federal Constitution, and generally will require a warrant before being seized.

For the retirees, Aug. 12-19, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Getting Personal: Tori Exum

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Urbana resident Tori Exum, the senior manager for extra services at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. She has had many other roles, from the Optimist Club to public service to being a mom to lots of children.

Are you still a troop leader with the Girl Scouts?

In the Garden | Landscaping with blueberries

Landscaping with edible plants is my second-favorite gardening theme, next to "going native." Today, there are a wide variety of plants available that will not only provide your family food but also offer many other desirable attributes. In addition, it reduces your footprint by growing some of your own local food.

Religion calendar, Aug. 10-17, 2018

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