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'Ebert Remembered' set to air Thursday

URBANA — WILL-TV will air a new special, "Ebert Remembered," at 8 p.m. Thursday. It will highlight excerpts of WILL-TV interviews with Roger Ebert in which he talks about his childhood in Urbana, his experiences at the University of Illinois and his role as a movie critic.

Building permits April 14, 2013

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

CHAMPAIGN

Sunbuilt Commercial, repair/replacement work to storefront at 55-57 E. Main St., $60,000.

Business and professional briefs April 14, 2013

New jobs

First State Bank adds Gensler. Justin Gensler has joined First State Bank as branch manager of the facility at Neil Street and Windsor Road in Champaign.

In addition to operational oversight of the branch office, he will focus on mortgage lending and community engagement.

EIU arts center hosting gallery talk, lecture

CHARLESTON — The Tarble Arts Center will host an exhibition gallery talk and lecture this week in connection with the exhibit "Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts."

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.

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.

Asian-American art exhibit on view through July 1

URBANA — "Many Cultures, One Community," a group art exhibit featuring the diverse cultures of Asian Americans in Champaign-Urbana, will be on view through July 1 at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St.

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.

Wheelchair athletes at the University of Illinois remain on the fast track

Spectators were crowding along the sides of the road next to the start line of the Boston Marathon. The wheelchair participants were lined up, and the top racers in the world were being introduced.

And Aaron Pike was pretty pumped up for his first Boston Marathon.