UI physicists to discuss science in "Angels & Demons"

URBANA – Around the world, big screens show Tom Hanks trying to save the Vatican from antimatter that, if exposed, will destruct with enough force to vaporize a chunk of Rome.

Well, that's the fiction of "Angels & Demons" anyway.

Hearing on Champaign consent decree set for August

PEORIA – The hearing on whether the Champaign school district's consent decree will end or be extended will be Aug. 3 in federal court in Peoria.

District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade set the hearing date, as well as a date for a pretrial conference, during a telephone status conference with the lawyers from each side Tuesday.

South Side students get hands-on with Eastern music

CHAMPAIGN – Listen in on Karinsa Moline's music classroom this week and you're likely to hear the plucking of sitar strings, the jingling of ankle bells and the strains of a flute.

Moline's students at South Side Elementary School have been studying Indian and Sri Lankan music, and they've made their own instruments.

Westville teacher keeps his end of pact with 75-mile run

WESTVILLE – Either Terry Downing is one dedicated teacher, or he's just crazy.

Students and colleagues at Judith Giacoma Elementary School in Westville say both.

Judge sets August hearing date on consent decree

PEORIA — The hearing on whether the Champaign school district’s consent decree will end or be extended will be Aug. 3 in federal court in Peoria.

Contract extension possible for Danville teachers

DANVILLE – If this was a typical contract-negotiation year for the Danville School District and its teachers' union, the two sides would have exchanged proposals and been preparing to bargain by now.

But this isn't a typical year, representatives of both sides said.

Three in Illinois 130 crash were going to relatives' graves

CHARLESTON – Three of the four people killed in a head-on collision Saturday in northern Coles County were on their way to Dwight to decorate family members' graves.

Carol Hahn, 50, of Dwight said her older twin sisters and brother-in-law from Olney were going to meet with her and put flowers on the graves of their parents in Dwight. It would have been the first time for them since their mother died in February. Their father has been dead 18 years, Hahn said.

Life Remembered: Ex-UI dean, chancellor Cribbet a pioneer

URBANA – Area residents remember John Cribbet as an outstanding speaker, ground-breaking educational leader and a beloved teacher.

Cribbet, 91, former dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and former UI chancellor, died Saturday at Clark-Lindsey Village following a long illness.

Urbana set to unveil new school-zone signs Friday

URBANA – New signs announcing school zones throughout the city of Urbana have been installed and will be unveiled at a ceremony at Prairie Elementary School on Friday.

A release from the city public works department said the city received $85,000 from the Illinois Safe Routes to School Program, a federally funded program administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, to install the new school-zone signs.

DACC trustees to consider addition for nursing students

DANVILLE – When Danville Area Community College established its associate degree nursing program, it revamped a section of the Mary Miller Center for classrooms and a laboratory.

But as enrollment grew, the program outgrew its quarters. Now officials would like to build an expansion on the center's southwest side to give students and staff much-needed elbow room.