CHAMPAIGN – In their search for celestial oddballs, Parkland College planetarium officials found some really bizarre stars.
"The most bizarre are binary star systems, because they physically interact," said Waylena McCully, producer of Staerkel Planetarium's first original show, "Stellar Extremes."
CHAMPAIGN – Chris Randles says Parkland College's financial outlook depends heavily on factors that could make the picture rosier – or bleaker – if they shift.
Randles, the college's controller, presented budget projections to board members last week. "We're being very conservative," Randles said of numbers showing projected income at the end of the current fiscal year exceeding expenses by $660,000, with a fund balance of about $4.8 million.
A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein had his "miraculous year," in which the great scientist outlined ideas still underlying much of modern physics.
Einstein's five papers covering special relativity, which revamped our conception of space and time, and the photoelectric effect and Brownian motion, which likewise changed the way we look at the nature of light and of atoms and molecules, is the impetus for the 2005 World Year of Physics. The international event is designed to capture the attention of the public and of a new generation of potential Einsteins.
RANTOUL – Testosterone and estrogen may play better on two separate courts.
Mixing boys and girls in physical education classes is causing the girls' participation level to drop, according to Rantoul Township High School officials. As a result, the district is going to work with its lawyer to review the federal law that requires coed classes and to see if a waiver is possible.
Champaign's newest restaurant, Smokey Bones Barbecue and Grill, is set to open next week at Market Place Mall, in front of the Famous Barr store.
The first two opening days – March 8 and 9 – the restaurant will be open for dinner only from 4 to 10 p.m.
URBANA – When Grace Mitchell counsels teen moms, or kids from broken homes, she speaks from the heart.
The veteran Urbana High School social worker knows the challenges they'll face and the hills they'll climb, but she also knows they can make it. Because she did.
Serious crimes in Urbana were up last year, compared to the year before, but down in Champaign and at the University of Illinois, according to year-end crime data.
Urbana Police Chief Eddie Adair said he is concerned that there has been a trend of increased serious crimes in that city in recent years, but hopes that recent arrests for armed robbery and car burglaries will reduce the frequency of those crimes.
ROSSVILLE – A year ago today, Rossville residents watched in horror as one-quarter of their downtown buildings went up in flames.
Now a vacant lot, the block used to hold antique and specialty shops as well as a restaurant, barbershop and apartments. The blaze that began in nearly the center of the one-, two- and three-story buildings, most of which were more than 100 years old, spread north and south along the west side of South Chicago Street in this northern Vermilion County village of 1,300 people.
Your banker looks it over before you get a house or car loan.
Your credit card company scans it for late payments.
Danville Republican Bill Black is all for free enterprise and competition.
But when a payday lender charges $40 for every $100 loaned, something, he says, has got to be done.