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This day in history, Sept. 17, 2017

Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2017. There are 105 days left in the year.

C-U Pride Parade 2017

The 8th Annual Champaign-Urbana Pride Parade, Saturday, September 16, 2017 in downtown Champaign. 

Man arrested for allegedly shooting woman in northwest Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Police arrested a man for allegedly shooting a person that he complained was being loud in northwest Champaign early Saturday.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said in a release that Alva Thomas II, 43, who listed an address in the 900 block of Pomona Drive, was arrested about 3 a.m. for allegedly firing two shots at a woman, one of which struck her.

'If I can just save one person, all of it's worth it'

CHATHAM — Andrew Dewey's life was a mess.

A survivor of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, he moved back to Illinois in 2006 and went through a divorce. His wife left to live in Bowling Green, Ky., taking their son with him.

"It spiraled me deeper and deeper, and I ended up being a drug addict and alcoholic," said Dewey, a rural Penfield native.

State universities rolling out red carpet for Illinois high-schoolers

Several state universities are partnering on new efforts to keep talented Illinois high school seniors in the state for college — and combat declining enrollment at some campuses — most recently at a high-profile recruiting event for top students in southern Illinois.

Court's coal-lease ruling a big win for environmentalists

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won't affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere.

Speaker at UI's upcoming climate conference laments U.S. policy reversals

Like other climate scientists, John Holdren braced for major change when President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January.

But Holdren, President Barack Obama's chief science and technology adviser, didn't expect it to happen so fast.

Madigan's decision leaves Harold as sole candidate for AG

CHICAGO — Lisa Madigan, Illinois' 14-year Democratic attorney general, said Friday that she won't seek re-election next year.

"I still have much work to do on many important issues, and I will continue to give my best to the people of Illinois and the Office of Attorney General every day through the end of my term in January 2019," she said in a statement released on Twitter.

Weekend Planner: Bursting with Pride

The eighth annual CU Pride Parade and Festival will be the biggest ever, says Josh Laskowski, who is producing and directing the event presented by the UP Center, a nonprofit that works to promote the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally community of Champaign County.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2017

JUSTIN RANDALL wasn't surprised that I tracked him down after his photo next to ROD BLAGOJEVICH resurfaced with Jim Dey's column in Wednesday's News-Gazette.

"Every time he does something — and something seems to pop up every 6-12 months — I hear about that picture," Randall said. "It never goes away."