Area history, Oct. 24, 2014

Today is Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Google's 'Security Princess' a hacker's nightmare

Forget all your stereotypes about computer engineers.

First, Parisa Tabriz is a woman. Not that she makes a big deal about it, but that's still a rarity in the upper echelons of the computer hacking world (the legal kind).

Ameren natural gas prices about same as last winter

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois customers can expect to pay about the same rates for natural gas as they did last winter, the company said Thursday.

Average prices during the 2014-15 heating season prices will be 53 to 55 cents per therm, compared with last season's average of 54 cents per therm, according to company projections.

The mystery of the missing World War II plaque

DANVILLE — When Mark Denman took over as Danville High School's principal in 2001, he wanted to create a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere, so he framed and hung a few pictures on the stark, white walls of the main hallway.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 24, 2014

In the old days, Scott Hamilton might have thought twice about accepting the special assignment. Not now.

Old jail ruled out as future detention site

URBANA — After a lengthy debate, Champaign County Board members voted Thursday night to end further consideration of using the 35-year-old downtown Urbana jail as a correctional facility.

But the building still could be considered for use as a possible sheriff's office.

Paxton, Pontiac nursing homes change ownership

PAXTON — The Asta Care Center nursing homes in Paxton and Pontiac are under new ownership.

Rauner stops in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would "make sure" that the Mahomet Aquifer was protected from hazardous substances if he wins the Nov. 4 election.

Thursday's solar eclipse

On Thursday, clouds messed with those of us hoping for a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse.

Accident at Rantoul plant results in man's death

RANTOUL — A 50-year-old Rantoul man has died from injuries he received Wednesday in an apparent accidental fall at a Rantoul plant.