After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress

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Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked

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Florida man gets 343 years' prison for trying to kill judge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for trying to kill a federal judge in what prosecutors said was an assassination attempt.

This day in history, June 24, 2016

Today is Friday, June 24, the 176th day of 2016. There are 190 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 24, 1946, Fred M. Vinson was sworn in as the 13th chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Harlan F. Stone.

On this date:

Dick Van Dyke: 'I'm 17 again'

DANVILLE — Dressed from head to toe in black and looking the part of a chimney sweep straight out of "Mary Poppins," 15-year-old Carter Mallady couldn't believe it when Dick Van Dyke looked right at him from his seat in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and sang, "Ain't it a glorious day."

Connecting the community

URBANA — Nearly two decades after her passing, Jettie Rhodes' message remains as strong as ever.

Saturday will mark the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day. The title may be a mouthful, but Rhodes' impact on the community is greater.

Rhodes and her husband moved from Grenada, Miss., to Champaign-Urbana in the 1940s so they could pursue a better life.

Area history, June 24, 2016

Today is Friday, June 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1916: 17 young women were combing the business district of Champaign today, selling miniature flags to raise funds for families of the Illinois National Guard soldiers who are moving off to a possible war with Mexico. Approximately 11,000 state Guardsmen were in camp today.

#TheMJs, June 24, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



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Area update: Bement won't grant Lions Club fund request

BEMENT — The village board voted 3-1 to deny a request for a donation by the Bement Lions Club.

Gene Schnierle spoke on behalf of the local non-profit and asked for a $1,000 or "any monetary help" to cover startup costs for water bills associated with the Lions Club's recent purchase of the old Bement Country Opry building.

Top of the morning, June 24, 2016

The year was 2003, the movie was "Finding Nemo," and I couldn't wait to take my 3-year-old.

He liked it — except for the barracuda killing the mom, a trio of ravenous sharks and the monster fish at the bottom of the ocean. All in a dark theater. He almost bolted.