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UI hosting conference on scientific research

URBANA – More than 900 scholars from 55 nations are expected to attend a conference at the University of Illinois this week exploring new ways to conduct and analyze scientific research.

The third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry began Wednesday and continues through Saturday at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.


Wolfram Research, Mathematica enter new software era

Theodore Gray's office was uncluttered and organized, so something big must be up at Wolfram Research this week.

Gray always said he would tidy his office when Mathematica 6, the newest version of the Champaign-based company's internationally known software for scientific and technical computing, was done.


New threat discovered in a school bathroom

MONTICELLO – A second threat alluding to Virginia Tech was discovered written on a laminated piece of paper in a boys' restroom in a section of Monticello's Washington Elementary School used by high school students.

The school reported the threat to police around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. It stated, "Virginia Tech two weeks away."


Hobbico purchases Revell Monogram

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based Hobbico has acquired the assets of Revell Monogram, the worldwide market leader in plastic model kits, the company announced Wednesday.

Revell, which sells model cars, trucks, ships and planes, will continue to operate from its Northbrook headquarters as a subsidiary of Hobbico. But Hobbico President Wayne Hemming said it's likely some of its operations will eventually move to Champaign.


Likely Illinois smoking ban gets cold reception in Danville

DANVILLE – A statewide smoking ban will be "devastating," said one local bar owner. And he and city officials wonder how enforcement will take place.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's signature is all that is needed to enact a statewide smoking ban that passed the Illinois House on Tuesday. The ban would require all workplaces and indoor public areas – including bars and restaurants – to be smoke-free. It would also prohibit smoking within 15 feet of any such facility.


Garfield Park project pushed back one year

DANVILLE – It will be another year before an anticipated water playground will be built next to Garfield Park.

The Danville Chapter of AMBUCS announced Wednesday that its planned zero-depth aquatic playground has been postponed because the city's negotiations are taking longer than expected for the necessary land that borders Garfield Park.


Danville attorney indicted in tax case

SPRINGFIELD – A federal grand jury in Springfield on Thursday indicted Danville attorney John "Pat" Wolgamot as part of a tax fraud conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton said Wolgamot was indicted on conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and aiding in the filing of false income tax returns.


C-U getting new king of buildings on campus

CHAMPAIGN – City officials are calling it "the whopper."

Construction is expected to begin this month on a 24-story Campustown apartment building that will become the tallest building in Champaign-Urbana once it is finished in 16 months.


Urbana mayor won't reappoint longtime official

URBANA – Urbana's longtime top administrator is out.

Mayor Laurel Prussing said Tuesday that she has placed longtime Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Walden on administrative leave with pay through June 30 and that he won't be returning to the city.


New Urbana school board officers, principals seated

URBANA – At times, it looked like a game of musical chairs at Tuesday night's Urbana school board meeting.

In about an hour-and-a-half, the board said goodbye to an old member, hello to a new member, elected new officers and approved two new elementary school principals.


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