Irma moves into Georgia, bringing strong winds and rain

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's busiest airport canceled about 800 flights Monday as a weakened Irma moved from Florida into Georgia, where the governor had declared an emergency a day earlier for the entire state.

UPDATE: Irma loses hurricane status but keeps causing misery


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.

Mimi's two-wheeled adventure

URBANA — Back in the day, when I was younger and lighter, I would often bicycle after work from Danville to Indianola and back, making for a nice 38-mile round trip.

Such distances were nothing to me. I had long been into bicycling, enjoying the simple freedom of wheeling through nature and the countryside on my own power and the wind through my hair, and seeing nature up close.

Letter from Birdland: Eclipse seared into my memory

It's good to be home in Birdland, though we returned to tomato plants ravaged by worms and anxious dogs who missed us, despite the kindness of their caretakers.

I'm sitting on the front porch in the wind. It's chilly, and in a minute, I'll either go in or put on a sweater. The sun is lowering itself into a cloud bank above the cornfield, while cicadas sing their industrious buzz.

House backs $15 billion Harvey aid bill, debt hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, overcoming conservative objections to linking the emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America's borrowing authority. The legislation also keeps the government funded into December.

As Irma spins, Cuba evacuates; Floridians empty stores

CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Cuba evacuated tourists from beachside resorts and Floridians emptied stores of plywood and bottled water after Hurricane Irma left at least 20 people dead and thousands homeless on a devastated string of Caribbean islands and spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.

Powerful quake in Mexico kills at least 32

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses while sending panicked people into the streets more than 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) away.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Lifelong storm tracker in his element

URBANA — After teaching an Introduction to Meteorology class on Wednesday morning — where he covered the developing story of Hurricane Irma — Jeff Frame retreated to his second-floor office in the Natural History Building on the University of Illinois campus, plopped down in front of two monitors and continued following the path of the storm.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


This weekend


What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Forest preserve district leader leaving for Champaign Park District

MAHOMET — Dan Olson, executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for more than five years, will be leaving later this month to become the director of operations for the Champaign Park District.

Olson's last day at the forest preserve district will be Sept. 12.