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Time to reorient foreign policy to middle course

WASHINGTON — With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel's right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel's military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals.


Jim Dey: Urbana moves forward on rules for potential Taser use

During a June drug arrest of two men by Urbana Police, one attempted to flee.

The officer who tried to stop him quickly found himself in a wrestling match with a 21-year-old who went for the officer's gun. During the skirmish, a Champaign County deputy heard a call for assistance, quickly arrived at the scene and threatened to use his Taser.


Jim Dey: Complaint alleges judges had, hid affair

Passions can run high in the courtroom, and, according to a complaint filed recently by the state's Judicial Inquiry Board, outside of it as well.


Let's support healthier school lunches

CHICAGO — Remember last year's hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when — gasp! — school lunches were made healthier.


In Oregon, a doctor calls

PORTLAND, Ore. — "Are you kidding?" This is Monica Wehby's amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children's brains.


Jim Dey: It's a legal victory for Prussing, but fight is not over

It's game, set and match for Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing.

In exacting a favorable legal settlement from the spouse of a longtime foe, Urbana's leading "Mean Girl" has demonstrated once again why those who take her on had better be prepared for the scrum to come. She takes no prisoners.


Pension woes signal high taxes, limited services

In a recent decision, the Illinois Supreme Court threw a possible monkey wrench into plans by the state of Illinois to reduce pension benefits for state workers and retirees, increase state payments for pensions from what they had been, and stabilize the worst-funded state pensions in the nation.


Dan Corkery: Ruminating on the evolution of life

You could say that the late Carl Woese's "Newton's apple" came from a fistulated cow on the South Farms.


One of the University of Illinois' most celebrated scientists discovered the third domain of life — archaea (ar-KEY-ah) — while analyzing the genetic code of a microorganism that lives inside a cow's rumen, the largest of the animal's four-compartment stomach.


Jim Dey: News cameras slowly appearing in Illinois courts

The tense, but businesslike, calm of the courtroom was shattered the moment Associate Judge Richard Klaus ordered a 42-month prison sentence for a defendant convicted of reckless homicide.

"Don't you know the man had an accident?" screamed the defendant's son, spewing insults and obscenities in Klaus' direction.


Dan Corkery: Bridge to a new destination, and some fuel for thought

Late last month, I promised we would make more changes to our weather, comics, puzzle and stocks pages.

Over the last three weeks, we have done so. And no doubt, regular readers have noticed.

As a summary, here's what we've tweaked since we slimmed down our pages on June 19:

Weather: We restored the daily weather maps, along with national and world temperatures.


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