30 Days, 30 Grads: Danville alum keeping pace in life's race

OXFORD, Ohio — On Sunday, Alexus Jimson-Miller graduated from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in public health.

But the Danville native isn't leaving the Ohio campus she has grown to love quite yet.

Issues with UI student-trustee election create friction

URBANA — In early March, University of Illinois junior Emily Tuttle was elected to represent Urbana students on the UI Board of Trustees.

Seven weeks later, another UI junior, Trayshawn Mitchell, was also elected student trustee.

Only Mitchell's election counts.

Top of the Morning, May 20, 2017

What makes the Travel page in this Sunday's News-Gazette unique is not the story — about a family's five-day Caribbean cruise — but the author.

He's 11.

"I am planning to clip out Sunday's story and hang it on my bedroom wall," sixth-grader Thomas Southey said.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Improving hospice is Uni alum's future goal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — During her sophomore year at Notre Dame, Petra Rantanen helped take care of her grandmother, who was nearing the end of her life.

It was during those months that Rantanen, a 2013 University High graduate, began to feel strongly that people in this country need better care when they reach that stage.

Not long after, she took a class on hospice care.

UI Chicago computer-science prof from Urbana wins $500,000 award

Urbana High School graduate Brian Ziebart, now an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois Chicago, has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award, the agency's top award for young researchers.

UI genomics exhibit debuts at Chicago's Field Museum this weekend

A University of Illinois exhibit that lets visitors study bee brains, interact with a crop robot and watch genome sequencing in action will debut at Chicago's Field Museum this weekend.

The Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology will present "Explore the World of Genomics" today and Saturday inside Stanley Field Hall, home to the museum's famous "Sue the T-rex" dinosaur.

Mahomet pulls together in wake of teen's tragic death

MAHOMET — Jodi Murphy was in the Mahomet-Seymour High School auditorium on Wednesday night. Her freshman son was presenting a memorial scholarship award to a graduating senior.

As John Tyler spoke, his mother scanned the student section.

"I saw several check their phones and break down," she said. "I knew the news that was spreading through the crowd was negative."

Top of the Morning, May 19, 2017

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Fisher Grade School welcome special guests today, including News-Gazette college basketball writer Scott Richey.

He will be part of the school's Writers' Extravaganza, a biennial event that celebrates the work done by the students.

Rauner still opposes Senate-OK'd school-aid change

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An updated method of funding public schools in Illinois won wide Senate support Wednesday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's office came out in opposition to the plan, with the Republican's education adviser maintaining that it would provide a "bailout" for Chicago schools to the detriment of other districts.

Entertainment listings, May 18-25, 2017


This weekend


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When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20.

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