WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Dunn's conviction of attempted murder — but not actual murder — in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis prompted the creation of hashtag #dangerousblackkids on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a car full of teens at a convenience store.
URBANA — Visitors to downtown Urbana this summer won't be cooped up inside if they don't want to be — city officials will be testing the water with a unique kind of outdoor seating that turns narrow sidewalks into outdoor cafes.
They're called "Curbanas."
CHAMPAIGN — February home sales in the Champaign County area were up about 15 percent from a year ago, but the number of pending sales was down.
A total of 125 homes were sold in February, up from 109 in February 2013, according to the Multiple Listing Service of the Champaign County Association of Realtors.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers in the United States — and all that snow didn't help.
The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales fell 1.4 percent at established U.S. locations. It blamed the harsh winter weather, but conceded that "challenging industry dynamics" also played a role.
CHAMPAIGN — Will the Hyatt Place be the start of a trend in downtown Champaign, or will it have the downtown lodging market to itself?
Champaign Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight said the city hasn't had further contact from hotel developers since the Hyatt project began.
CHAMPAIGN — The Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign is "a couple months" away from opening, its general manager said.
But the new facility is already seeing high demand for University of Illinois football weekends next fall.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The rising popularity of hummus across the nation has been good for farmers like Aaron Flansburg.
Flansburg, who farms 1,900 acres amid the rolling hills of southeastern Washington, has been increasing the amount of the chickpeas used to make hummus by about one-third each year to take advantage of good prices and demand.
For 12 years, it darkened downtown Champaign's doorway.
Coming to town from the north? Happy detours.
Walking around downtown at night? Not the best idea you've ever had.
The pedestrian mall — two blocks of Neil Street, part of it covered with a roof, between Church/Main and Chester Street on the north side of the City Building — lasted from 1974 to 1986.
Tuesday, March 11