Tim McCarthy lost a friend as well as a former boss when Ronald Reagan died.
The University of Illinois graduate and former football player's friendship with Reagan began in the line of duty, when he leapt in front of the president and took a bullet in the chest.
Two new places to eat will open in Market Place Mall's food court early this summer.
One of them will be Nick's Cafe, which serves gourmet coffee drinks, ice cream, warm cookies, warm stuffed pretzels and fruit smoothies.
Like most police officials, University of Illinois Police Chief O.J. Clark has had his hands full since Sept. 11, 2001.
"Things changed with 9/11," Clark said. "It pointed out the dangers of weapons of mass destruction. That's the case worldwide. Everybody recognized that we had greater concerns than we ever had before."
URBANA – Please forgive Scarlet. She's a little sleepy and can barely keep her big eyes open despite all the hubbub.
After all, Scarlet and Owly, the two resident Eastern screech owls at the Urbana Park District's Anita Purves Nature Center, spend most of the day snoozing away, oblivious to all the comings and goings.
CHAMPAIGN – Villa Grove High School students build $150,000 houses to learn skills they need to move into trades jobs after they get diplomas.
Fisher High School students design products on a computer and machines produce them.
CHAMPAIGN – When University of Illinois computer scientist Michael Welge was looking for someone to run his new company, he turned to a salesman.
Kirk Dauksavage, 40, of Bartlett had been vice president of sales for two different Chicago-area companies that mushroomed during his years with them. Eventually both companies were sold to CheckFree Corp. for tidy sums.
TUSCOLA – For Linda Nation, it all started with a little household accident back in 1999.
One minute she was lugging some plastic bags of groceries into her house, and the next she was yelping in pain when a can fell out of a bag and struck her foot.
CHAMPAIGN – Teen-agers Sam Howard and Te'Asha Jones could have used a difficult upbringing as an excuse not to succeed. They didn't.
Tommie Berry could have let racist events take away his focus. He didn't.
URBANA – Just back from a 10-day visit to several London courtrooms, Champaign County Judge Arnold Blockman said there aren't many British customs or practices that would go over big in his courtroom.
But there's at least one he'd like to try.
URBANA – Mary Magdalene has had a good year, with a starring role in the bestselling "Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown, several non-fiction books and a new course at a new seminary.
The follower of Jesus – and wife, according to Brown's novel – has had a mixed treatment over the millennium.