Dives in Micronesia show World War II remnants, sea's beauty

Truk Lagoon (now known as Chuuk) is a volcanic atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. Today it is one of the world's most fascinating destinations for scuba diving.

A year in, C-U native, her partner still love life on the road

It's been more than a year since Champaign-Urbana native Tara Alan and her partner, Tyler Kellen, embarked on a bicycling adventure across Europe and Asia. They're still cycling their way toward Malaysia while documenting their experiences on their website,

Pilgrimage across Spain a journey of reflection

Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is not your typical vacation, but a pilgrimage across Spain with several points of origin all over Europe. It has been an important Christian pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years.

Solitude, scenery make Texas' Big Bend National Park a wonder

Covering 800,000 acres, Big Bend National Park in Texas is a big, "crown jewel" of the national park system. However, it receives only about 350,000 visitors a year. Yellowstone and Yosemite get 10 times as many apiece, and the Great Smoky Mountains 25 times more than Big Bend.

Luxembourg: A garden with a valley running through it

With spring just around the corner in central Illinois, my thoughts naturally turned to Luxembourg City, where I spent three weeks from mid-May last year, sponsored by Luxembourg Income Study. Linking the two places is the rhythm of nature: lilacs, rhododendrons, peonies, irises and daylilies bloom from late April to late June in central Illinois, in that order; they blossomed within the span of those three weeks in Luxembourg City, perhaps to give my wife, Keiko, and me the feeling of home of the entire spring.

Don't fret about Medicare, AARP says

WASHINGTON – As a massive overhaul of the nation's health care system gets under way, Medicare beneficiaries can stop worrying about one thing, according to the AARP:

Uncle Sam won't be reducing any of their guaranteed Medicare benefits.

End of private lending won't affect UI much

A major overhaul of the federal student loan system that drops a private lending option will have little impact at the University of Illinois, but one area community college is preparing for change.

Mission for authentic key lime pie satisfies all senses

Key lime pie is made with the tiny limes native to the Florida Keys. Their juice is tart and pale yellow. When mixed with egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk (fresh milk was not readily available when the recipe was developed), the acid in the juice thickens the filling to a custardy texture.

In central Illinois, authentic key lime pie is difficult to get (if it's green, it's not authentic).

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Chicago man gets 60 years for 2007 Douglas crime spree

DECATUR — The second of two men involved in a Douglas County crime spree that left the county’s chief deputy dead in 2007 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Macon County Judge Tim Steadman sentenced Yusef Brown, 26, of Chicago, to 30 years in prison for home invasion and 30 years for aggravated kidnapping.