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Racing helps Massachusetts father, disabled son forge bond

HOLLAND, Mass. (AP) — The year was 1992, and Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, wanted to run and bike across the country to raise funds for a charity for cerebral palsy — a condition 30-year-old Rick developed at birth.


Mild temperatures, wet week ahead

CHAMPAIGN — Warm temperatures will remain through at least Wednesday, but keep an umbrella close as the National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through Friday.

Early Monday morning brings the first chance for thunderstorms. The high temperature is expected to reach the mid-60s during the afternoon, but showers are likely throughout the day.


Best friends prepare to canoe to Gulf

ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.

In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.


It's Your Business: Record shop open; game shop expands

Nathan Landolt has opened Error Records at 702 S. Neil St., C, in the space that formerly housed the skateboard shop called Board Boutique.

Error Records sells vinyl records, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs and zines — often self-published magazines.


Busy trumpeter making stop at Krannert

In early March, monster trumpeter Arturo Sandoval sent a tweet to a younger but equally awesome trumpeter, Alison Balsom:

"Italian Concertos. Congratulations, dear Alison, you are simply amazing."

He then suggested the two of them play duets. Looks like that might happen.


Reluctant Townie: When all else fails, write in the third person

The Reluctant Townie sat at his computer, eating a small plate of nachos.

The word processor was open in front of him, its blinking cursor taunting him at approximately 60 bpm, or the equivalent of one blink per second. He had always found it difficult to count to one second exactly. Who had counted the first second? And how could they be sure they got it right?


Tom Kacich: Film may hit 'Home Run' for recovery program

All around the country this week, groups of people will be talking about and promoting a new baseball movie.

But not the one about Jackie Robinson, the revered Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.

A second baseball-themed movie, opening next Friday, confronts a different social issue: abuse and dependency.


Letter from Birdland: It's starting to look like spring

In Birdland, spring seems to be settling in. For weeks now, since before that last blizzard, in fact, the bulbs in my yard have been pushing up their greenery more slowly than usual.


For the retirees April 14, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


UI researcher starting silver-inks firm in C-U

URBANA — Brett Walker seemingly can't stop creating stuff.

The 27-year-old doctoral student at the University of Illinois started a gun-parts business in high school.

He turned his attention to fuels in college, converting waste grease into biodiesel and "slop oil" into pipeline-grade oil.


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