Harris named interim chancellor at an Arizona community college

TUCSON, Ariz. — An Arizona community college has hired former Parkland College President Zelema Harris as its interim chancellor.

The governing board of Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., voted unanimously earlier this week to appoint Harris as interim chancellor, effective April 15.

Harris will remain at the post until a permanent chancellor is chosen.

California man facing trafficking charge in marijuana arrest

URBANA — A California man is due back in court Jan. 29 following his arrest for marijuana trafficking in Champaign County.

Cary Kallembach, 47, who listed an address in Oroville, Calif., and who formerly lived in Urbana, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to unlawful marijuana trafficking.

If convicted of the Class X felony, Kallembach faces 12 to 60 years in prison.

Volition parent THQ seeks reverse stock split to shore up price

CHAMPAIGN — THQ Inc., the parent company of Champaign-based Volition, is considering a reverse stock split to help preserve the company's stock trading price.

Family road trips - memories for a lifetime

This column ran in the June 5 News-Gazette "Family" section. We've added a few more suggestions at the bottom from friends and readers - feel free to add to the list!



That’s the constant sound in my head every time I think about summers with my kids.

Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon funnier in person than in "Take Shelter"

The first movie to sell out in the 14th annual Ebertfest, which ended today, was writer-director Jeff Nichols’s "Take Shelter," a Hitchcock-style psychological family drama starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

Alloy Orchestra's "Wild and Weird " collection is both

Introducing the Alloy Orchestra’s "Wild and Weird" collection of short films on Friday at Ebertfest, film Professor David Bordwell said it offers "a quick trip in a time machine of 20 years of cinema."

Cinematographer Stephen Goldbatt on first day of Ebertfest

Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert said she and her husband, Roger, wanted to start out the first day of his 14th annual film festival with a lot of laughs.

"We decided not to make you cry the first day," she said.

They succeeded with the first three movies:

Participate in 2012 Ebertfest without leaving your home or office

CHAMPAIGN — Movie buffs don’t have to leave home (or their office) to participate in the 14th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.

Man sentenced to prison in weapons case

URBANA — A California man with a history of weapons convictions has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his latest.

A Champaign County jury in January convicted J.W. Gayfield, 33, of Inglewood, Calif., of aggravated unlawful use of weapons for having a loaded Ruger in a car and ammunition in his pants pocket in Rantoul on Nov. 2.

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