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Area history, Oct. 13, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Changing jobs changed his life

CHAMPAIGN — As close as Donte Lotts can come to explaining why he once left a higher-paying job at Kraft to earn less money working with kids at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club is this:

"I think it was God working in me," he recalled.

That new job, which he held during his Parkland College student years, also changed the course of his life.

Vandalism to Tuscola rock didn't last long

TUSCOLA — The mammoth rock at the entrance to top-ranked Tuscola's football field was vandalized hours before the Warriors played their homecoming game Friday.

By kickoff, however, most of the damage had been repaired.

Wilson, Killeen look at how to lift AAUP censure

URBANA — Top University of Illinois officials are working to get the American Association of University Professors' censure of the Urbana campus lifted by next summer, though one longtime AAUP member doubts it can happen that quickly.

This day in history, Oct. 13, 2015

Today is Tuesday, October 13, the 286th day of 2015.

There are 79 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Oct, 13, 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

On this date:

EIU: Yes, there will be a spring semester

CHARLESTON — There will indeed be a second semester at Eastern Illinois University this school year.

Responding to what it described as social media rumors, EIU on Monday released a copy of a letter university President David Glassman sent to students, faculty and staff earlier in the day.

It read:

Salaita's book talk starts at 7 p.m.

URBANA — For the first time in more than a year, Steven Salaita will be in town for a public event tonight.

Around the area, Oct. 13, 2015

Decorating, Davis, and park work

BEMENT: Sprucing up the village's appearance is high on Mayor Pat Tieman's list. He said a Christmas tree will be put up and decorated in Veterans Park, and he hopes a former tradition of stringing holiday lights downtown can be resurrected.

Danville considers nighttime program at Bailey Academy

DANVILLE — As Danville Area Community College gets ready to launch a new program aimed at giving older Danville High School students a chance to get an education and land a good-paying job, Danville schools administrators are recommending adding another alternative education program to prevent more students from falling through the cracks.