Living in Ebert's childhood home 'kind of cool'

URBANA — As a 12-year-old newspaper carrier, Josh Bubniak had no clue that Roger Ebert's childhood home was on his route.

Danville's retiring schools chief feels the love

DANVILLE — When Mark Denman first stepped into a classroom at East Park Junior High School back in January 1975, he didn't realize it was the start of a 40-year-plus career with the Danville school district.

Denman, then barely 21, had graduated from Illinois State University a semester early and was waiting to enter the University of Illinois College of Law later that fall.

This day in history: April 18, 2015

Today is Saturday, April 18, the 108th day of 2015. There are 257 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On April 18, 1945, during World War II, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.

On this date:

Area history, April 18, 2015

In 1915, Charles Davis, alias "Teeters," was shot in the right shoulder Sunday afternoon while trying to resist arrest on a bootlegging charge in Penfield. Davis and Charles Broomfield allegedly came to Penfield Sunday morning, each with 2 gallons of Cherry Special whiskey that they peddled from the curbstone.

Editor scripted own career path

Shevone Myrick's road to a bachelor's degree had a few more twists and turns than the four other Women of Distinction honorees she'll share the stage with at next week's Girl Scouts of Central Illinois ceremony.

Top of the morning, April 18, 2015

Austin Cloyd loved her Centennial Chargers. She was a big fan of Illinois basketball, too.

"I still have all her T-shirts at home," said her mom, Renee Cloyd, "so I'm going to make a T-shirt quilt — one side orange, one side blue — and bring it back. The students would get a kick out of it."

Cardinal Francis George dies at 78

CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.

A life remembered: Math professor Ash's work will endure

URBANA — Professor Robert Ash never stopped learning and sharing his knowledge.

He came to the mathematics department at the University of Illinois in 1963, and his career followed an unusual path, said Harold Diamond, a professor emeritus who worked with the late professor after coming to the UI in 1967.

Put on your dancing shoes — and make sure they're sturdy

CHAMPAIGN — At Centennial High School, students have baked and sold cookies. They've sold thousands of candy bars. And tonight, they'll celebrate and dance with the public and some of the families they hope to see benefit from their fundraising this year.

This day in history: April 17, 2015

Today is Friday, April 17, the 107th day of 2015. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On April 17, 1975, Cambodia's five-year war ended as the capital Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, which instituted brutal, radical policies that claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives until the regime was overthrown in 1979.