Enforcement of rules to be more blatant at this year's marathon

Strange mishaps can easily derail a marathon.

At the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon 10 years ago, the female winner was disqualified for using headphones for a few miles. At last year's Cleveland marathon, the top prize was taken away because the winner wore a T-shirt over his bib number for part of the race.

UI chancellor says he's satisfied with results of Underwood investigation

URBANA — Chancellor Robert Jones is expressing public confidence in the investigation that cleared Illini basketball Coach Brad Underwood of allegations involving abusive treatment of players and says he saw no need for any outside review.

Referendum work at Central to continue despite overages

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CHAMPAIGN — Major construction work at Central High School won't be halted this summer after the school board voted Tuesday evening to move forward despite bid overages that added $9.213 million to the project's original $87.1 million budget.

Retailers rolling out tech that watches, advertises to you while you shop

NEW YORK (AP) — Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you're craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you.

But it's not there to see if you're stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you're buying.

Teacher of the Week: Joan Sutherland

Everything pointed to JOAN SUTHERLAND growing up to be a P.E. teacher, the career she'd decided on in sixth grade. She'd received scholarships to a suburban high school, then Indiana State University, where she competed in gymnastics before an injury led her to transfer to Eastern Illinois.

Indianapolis man convicted in 2015 Danville double murder; faces life in prison

DANVILLE — An Indianapolis man is facing mandatory life in prison when he's sentenced next month for murdering a Danville couple a little more than 3 1/2 years ago.

Top of the Morning, April 24, 2019

BEVERLY KUEMIN can't think of a better way to spend retirement.

The Niles, Mich., woman is in Champaign through today with her "9/11 WTC Memorial Quilt Project" that we showcased on the front page of Tuesday's News-Gazette. It's the first stop on a seven-site tour.

"The reception has been good," she said.

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 27

Welcome to Year 3 of High School Confidential, an ambitious project made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area. Each Wednesday through May, they’ll tell us what’s happening in their hallways at

This year’s panelists:

This day in history, April 24, 2019

Today is Wednesday, April 24, the 114th day of 2019. There are 251 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On April 24, 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.

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Area history, April 24, 2019

Today is Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, Calvin H. Frew, one of the pioneers who helped to settle the community of Paxton, died in Chicago.

In 1969, the Fairmount Masonic Lodge merged with the Catlin Masonic Lodge.