Champaign cop's idea for 'safe zone' for web-sale exchanges now a reality

CHAMPAIGN — After seeing people ripped off a few times during the exchange of property from online sales, Champaign police Officer Brian Ahsell thought there had to be a better way.

Registration now open for Oct. 13 electronics recycling event

CHAMPAIGN — Registration has opened for this fall's electronics recycling event.

Residents from participating communities can register for 15-minute slots between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at

Conditional discharge for man who hit cop while taking dying friend to ER

URBANA — A Champaign man whose emotion over his dying friend apparently prompted him to punch a police officer has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.

The sentence for Dejermaine Pettis, 23, of the 1100 block of West Beardsley Avenue, means he won’t have to report to a probation officer for his misdemeanor conviction.

Fermi voted top Illinois scientist

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A University of Chicago scholar who led the construction of the first nuclear reactor and helped develop the first atomic bomb has been selected as Illinois' top scientist in history in an online vote.

Renault-Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards

LONDON (AP) — Google is teaming up with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to add the internet giant's Android mobile operating system to the auto alliance's dashboard media systems.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi said Tuesday that it's entering into a technology partnership with Google to embed Android-based next-generation infotainment systems into millions of cars starting in 2021.

Probe underway after bullet holes found on front of Urbana Middle School

URBANA — An employee found damage at Urbana Middle School on Sunday, apparently from gunfire.

An Urbana police report said police were sent to the 1200 block of South Vine Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of shots that had been heard by several people.

Police could find no one responsible and no damage at the time of the call.

Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari is going back to its roots.

The company's new CEO Louis Camilleri unveiled Tuesday a new business plan that revives iconic models and embeds them with Formula 1 technology.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The ACLU accused Facebook of discrimination, saying the company violated federal and state laws prohibiting businesses from excluding women from job ads.

Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies.