Parkland Volleyball vs Johnson County

Parkland Volleyball vs Johnson County, Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Parkland College. 

List of military equipment to Illinois police agencies

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services keeps an inventory of the $71 million worth of military surplus equipment distributed to local police agencies through its Law Enforcement Support Office. The News-Gazette requested that inventory under the Freedom of Information Act. Here's a sampling of the list:

M16A1 rifles

Valued at $499 each

Tom Kacich: (Too few) debates scheduled

With just 45 days until Election Day — and 30 days until early voting starts in Illinois — it's an appropriate time for a rundown on when and where candidate debates will be held this fall.

As is too often the case there's a dearth of them.

Getting Personal: Peggy Patten

Peggy Patten talks about her career in education at her home in Urbana.

SWAT deployments, 2009-2013

SWAT deployments in Champaign County have been relatively static during the past several years.

Hacking her way in: Computer science no longer just a man's world

URBANA — Marrissa Hellesen just wanted to see how the floppy drive worked.

She opened the computer, examined the drive (this was many years ago — it ran on Windows 95 and had Internet via AOL) and then discovered colored cables, memory cards and other fascinating components. She kept going, taking things out and apart.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 21, 2014

In the case of Salaita v. University of Illinois, Alan Dershowitz finds for the defendant. "It will be uphill for (Salaita) to prevail," the lawyer who represented Mike Tyson, Claus von Bulow and Patty Hearst tells The News-Gazette.

An asset for area law enforcement, military gear has its critics, too

CHAMPAIGN — As police take more heat about the heavier and more imposing weapons they carry, area law enforcement agencies say they deploy SWAT teams in only the most dangerous of circumstances and are mindful about when they send out officers in military-style gear.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Top of the Morning, Sept. 21, 2014

I wanted to kick off our series on Active Aging Week by spotlighting Anne Johnston, who's run Campus Florist for 73 years.

Trouble is, she wouldn't tell me her age.

"Just say I'm 125," she said.