Urbana police chief defends officers

URBANA – Urbana Police Chief Eddie Adair defended his police force Monday night, giving a variety of explanations for why black drivers were involved in nearly 35 percent of all traffic stops in Urbana last year.

But Urbana City Council members didn't seem satisfied with the explanations and they asked Adair to come back next month with more detailed information about minority traffic stops, such as the locations of the stops, the ages and genders of those stopped and the number of stops that didn't result in a ticket or warning.

Northwest, north growth plan on agenda

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council on Tuesday will consider a growth plan for the north and northwest parts of the city.

The northwest growth area plan, three years in the making, includes several thousand acres in the city and on its fringes. The council will discuss the plan during a study session that begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Landlord provides safe setting where residents can learn to be self-sufficient

URBANA – Garry Pope, owner of the Woodstone apartments in southeast Urbana, believes that poor people are entitled to safe, affordable housing.

With the help of a sophisticated, computerized camera monitoring system and scholarships and other incentives, Pope thinks the residents at Woodstone Properties, 909 S. Lierman Ave., U, can live and work together as a community to help each other become more self-sufficient.

Jewish group gets permit for new center

CHAMPAIGN – A home away from home for the Jewish community, especially students, will be situated halfway between downtown Champaign and the University of Illinois.

The city granted a special use permit last week for a student center and rabbinical residence at Healey and Fourth streets.

Officials spread word about student physicals, immunizations

URBANA – The clock's ticking.

Parents of children who will be in kindergarten, fifth or ninth grade need to think about school health examination requirements.

Area issued heat advisory

DANVILLE – Chuck Piper was walking to an evening church service late Sunday afternoon when he stopped to play with a dog. Suddenly, he felt overcome with nausea and dizziness.

"The dog's owner thought I was drunk, so she called the police," Piper recalled with a laugh. He said he was able to explain to police that he actually was overcome by the heat. "When I told them I'm a diabetic, they were concerned about me, so they brought me here."

Marine back at base after deserting

MONTICELLO – A Monticello man could face a court-martial after deserting from his California base after charging he was threatened by fellow Marines.

At 22, Michael Buchanan has dropped out of high school a half-dozen times, has 12 W-2 forms to show for last year's employment and compulsively buys and discards cars.

Don't let the heat beat you

DANVILLE – Like many people during this string of hot July days, when temperatures creep close to 100 degrees, Marita Crain is trying her best to stay cool.

But Crain, 63, lives on a fixed income, making it difficult for her to pay for air conditioning and fans for her apartment. She said most of her activities are kept inside now, and even then it gets too hot.

Battle against cancer hits home for project donor

URBANA – After her ordeal with breast cancer in the early 1990s, Linda Mills felt a little bit more reassured every year the frightening disease remained at bay.

Then, in the spring of 2003, she found a tiny lump on her back.

Getting to the heart of dog heart problems

Probably as a result of genetics, large-breed dogs are prone to a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.

Now, University of Illinois researchers are identifying the genes that may play a role in causing the disease, as well as heart disease in people, who share many of the same genes with man's best friend.

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