This day in history, Oct. 8, 2015

Today is Thursday, October 8, the 281st day of 2015. There are 84 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 8, 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake flattened villages on the Pakistan-India border, killing an estimated 86,000 people.

On this date:

Life Remembered: Larson had 'tremendous influence on the quality of life'

URBANA — Stroll through almost any Urbana park and you'll see a piece of Bruce Larson's legacy.

The lakehouse at Crystal Lake. Busey Woods. The prairies in Meadowbrook Park. The former Wheatfield Park, now named in his honor.

Area history, Oct. 8, 2015

Today is Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Oct. 8, 2015

Adult coloring, I'm told, is all the rage. So I tracked down Carol Inskeep of the Urbana Free Library for verification. She's running "50 Shades of Creativity: Coloring for Adults" at 3 p.m. Sunday, the library's first attempt at catering to crayon-carrying codgers. Everyone's invited — even aging editors who last saw a Crayola in elementary school. "I'm looking at you, Jim," Carol said.

Update: Rauner backing Shimkus over McCarter

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DANVILLE — Sen. Kyle McCarter says that U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, a 10-term Republican congressman from Collinsville, has been in office long enough.

Jury acquits man of sexual assault in Campustown; 2 other cases remain

URBANA — A former University of Illinois student was acquitted Wednesday by a Champaign County jury of the sexual assault of a woman who had passed out in a friend’s Campustown apartment.

Man accused of hitting Rantoul boy a no-show

URBANA — Just as family and friends of Triston Smith feared, the man accused of hitting the Rantoul boy while driving drunk failed to show up for his pre-trial hearing Wednesday morning.  

Jury convicts man of drug charge, being armed habitual criminal

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Wednesday convicted an Urbana man of being out in his neighborhood with a gun.

Seven men and five women hearing the case of Justin Cavette, 27, of the 1500 block of Hunter Street, concluded he was guilty of being an armed habitual criminal and possession of cannabis for having the gun and drugs in an apartment on Hunter Street on May 14.

Police investigate three recent Danville shootings

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating a third shooting in less than two weeks.

An 18-year-old Danville man was shot near the intersection of Robinson Street and Townsend Street around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Criminal Investigation Commander Jane McFadden.

Roommates arraigned over vandalism at Natural History Building

URBANA — Three roommates who were caught allegedly vandalizing the Natural History Building on the University of Illinois Quadrangle over the weekend appeared in court Wednesday.