Leap of faith: From a chance meeting in Haiti to a home in Urbana

It was a connection made out of the rubble of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, and Chris Roegge still can't quite explain why he and Stevenson Jean Baptiste were drawn to each other.

Wired In: Anil Jason

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ANIL JASON, a University of Illinois student majoring in computer science and statistics major who is a co-founder of QuillBot, a state-of-the-art artificial-intelligence program that can rephrase full sentences.

Weekend Planner | You auto see this

Between 250 and 300 cars of all makes and models are expected to be on exhibit as part of the Parkland College Car Show.

"Twenty years ago, a student suggested that we have a car show, and we have had one each year ever since," automotive technology Professor JON ROSS said.

Once-temporary outdoor ceremony is new UI commencement tradition

CHAMPAIGN — What was supposed to be a temporary move to an outdoor graduation venue has become the new tradition at the University of Illinois.

Next weekend's commencement is once again scheduled at Memorial Stadium, though it will be a bit streamlined this year.

Moving a whole house? 'It's not for the faint of heart'

Champaign's historic Burnham Mansion is moving, according to an agreement reached Wednesday night, and right now it's a race against the clock.

Unit 4 wants the house gone by July 15 and has said that if the project drags past that date, the mansion's new owner, University of Illinois graduate Christopher Enck, will have to pay $2,500 a day.

Urbana district admin proposes incentives for substitute teachers

URBANA — After noticing that several substitute teachers work in the Urbana district on a "here-and-there" basis, human-resources director Jacinda Crawmer said she decided new pay incentives are in order.

Five of seven charged in Centennial melee appear in court

URBANA — Five of seven young men charged in connection with a melee outside Centennial High School two weeks ago that seriously injured a teen appeared in juvenile court Thursday.

Judge Heidi Ladd ordered the release of three of the minors from the Juvenile Detention Center while keeping in custody two others whose progress reports were not as good.

Office Hours with Aldo: Laura DeThorne (w/ video)

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: University of Illinois speech and hearing science Associate Professor LAURA DeTHORNE.

UPDATE: Deal reached to move Burnham Mansion

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 school board President Chris Kloeppel said he understands that a $10 purchase price for Burnham Mansion may be tough for taxpayers to swallow, but at the end of the day, the district is staying true to its Central High School expansion plans.

Champaign school board votes to deny charter-school proposal

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CHAMPAIGN — In just under five minutes, the application for North Champaign Academy charter school hit its final stop Wednesday when the Unit 4 school board voted to deny the proposal.