Student production of 'Murder Room' to open next week

Parkland College's 18th annual all-student production, "Murder Room," will open Wednesday and run through Nov. 2 at the Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Parkland theater students direct the show; design the sets, lights and costumes; and perform. All proceeds from the annual student show will support the Randall Millas Theatre Scholarship program, which pays tuition and fees for an exceptional second-year theater scholarship student.

Storytelling events set today, Friday at Urbana bar, church

Two storytelling events are coming up, one tonight and the other a set of two scary-story concerts.

The first at 7 p.m. today at the Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U, will feature Mike Speller, with Champaign-Urbana Storytellers Guild member Camille Born. Admission is $5.

UI to go medieval for conference on Oct. 28-29

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin and three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will visit the University of Illinois campus on Tuesday in connection with the conference "Translating the Middle Ages."

The conference, free and open to the public, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 210 of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Sponsored by the UI Program in Medieval Studies and the Center for Translation Studies, the conference will feature medievalists from throughout North America and Europe.

Auditions for Parkland's 'A Christmas Carol' set Sunday

Parkland Theatre will have open auditions on Sunday for its second annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Nick Schneider and Tim Schirmer.

The auditions will be at 1 p.m. for youths and 2 to 4 p.m. for adults at Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Director J.W. Morrissette will cast actors and singers ages 8 to 80 to play various roles.

Temptations to return to Virginia for holiday, hits show

The Temptations will make a return trip to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, this time to perform their "Christmas and Hits Show" on Dec. 11.

The Temptations' last performed at the Virginia in 2004 to a sold-out audience.

Champaign man arraigned on burglary charges

URBANA – A Champaign man is due back in court next month on charges alleging he entered a home, stole items and used a victim's debit card.

Arraigned Tuesday on charges of residential burglary, burglary and financial identity theft was Andrew James, 28, who listed an address in the 1200 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign.

ACH Food Co. pump burns, causes slight damage

CHAMPAIGN – A small fire at ACH Food Co. caused about $8,000 worth of damage outside the plant Tuesday afternoon.

Champaign firefighters were dispatched at about 4:30 to the fire at 710 N. Mattis Ave., C. Capt. Bob Quinlan said it started because of a malfunctioning pump. The oil going through the pump wasn't moving fast enough, so heat built up around it. Insulation around the pump's pipes caught fire, Quinlan said.

Former workers'-comp group official: State hunting out fraud

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois is taking a more aggressive approach to pursuing workers'-compensation fraud, the former chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission said.

Dennis Ruth, who resigned this month to prepare to become a judge in Madison County, said the state investigated 102 cases of possible fraud last year, with 58 of those complaints referred to state's attorneys for prosecution.

Problems after accident blamed in Hoopeston boy's death

CHAMPAIGN – A 12-year-old Hoopeston boy's death was caused by medical complications following a car-bike accident that occurred about three weeks ago, the Champaign County coroner said.

Coroner Duane Northrup on Tuesday released the autopsy results for Colby Haskins, who died late Sunday night at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Teenager robbed at bus stop over video game in Urbana

URBANA – An Urbana teenager reported he was robbed at gunpoint at an Urbana school bus stop.