Weekend highlights, March 1-2

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Weekend highlights, March 1-2

Stories from Saturday and Sunday included winning basketball teams, a family becoming U.S. citizens together, and a quick video of people willingly jumping into cold water - on purpose.

Some examples, in case you missed them:

The Illini won a game very few people expected them to win, on the road against Michigan State. The girls’ team from St. Thomas More applied a full-court blitz from the outset and stormed past Prophetstown 70-34 on Saturday night in the Class 2A state championship game. People went and jumped in a lake. For Special Olympics. The Orange Krush pledged $1 million for the State Farm Center renovation. Researchers, led by scientists at the University of Illinois, said sugarcane might be an oil-producing crop. Melissa Merli reported on the Queen of Recycling's visit to town. Julie Wurth and two News-Gazette photographers spent much of the day with a family about to become U.S. citizens. As Unofficial St. Patrick's Day approaches, Wurth also reported on the improved technology that is making fake IDs harder to spot. We were fortunate to have Chaz Ebert share her thoughts with us on who should win the Academy Awards. Also on the Oscar watch: Richard J. Leskosky on the number of movies based on real people and events and Jeff D'Alessio getting folks ranging from the chief justice of the state supreme court to a former governor to talk about the movies they think are the funniest.  Paul Wood checked in with hundreds of Scouts in town to earn merit badges. Here's Loren Tate's take on defense at the Illinois-Michigan State game. Matt Daniels' Sunday conversation is with Champaign Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.  Don Dodson, who has been writing about Oso Technologies since the firm's infancy, notes that the company is about to start delivering its products. Hungry? Dodson notes in It's Your Business that this week is Restaurant Week in Urbana. Paul Wood gave us a Getting Personal with musician Michael Miller. Melissa Merli's Studio Visit is with painter Peter Bodnar. And in her Art Beat column, Merli writes about a visit by one of the original Guerrilla Girls at the Krannert Art Museum.   

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