Honorary society selects 3 UI profs for recognition

CHAMPAIGN — Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation.

This day in history: April 24, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 24, 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin. (The rising was put down by British forces almost a week later.)

On this date:

Ebertfest Q&A: Jem Cohen on 'Museum Hours'

Director Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours" will resume Ebertfest at 1 p.m. Thursday. Cohen is based in New York:

Do you also paint or draw? Did you study art before you starting making films?

Jim Dey: Turner hoping to take one to the House

Years ago, Scott Turner ran on football fields at Memorial Stadium and around the NFL. These days, he's still running, although not as fast and in a different venue.

Area history, April 24, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Stay-at-home Marine mom helping clothe those in need

CHAMPAIGN — A mother knows how fast kids outgrow their clothes, and Carolyn Morris is a mom who's found a use for a lot of those clothes.

The founder of a new Christian organization, His Kid's Closet, she has been collecting used children's clothing by the bagful through schools and churches and redistributing it  to kids in need throughout the community.

Special educator

CHAMPAIGN — Duncan Bruce was listening to the "usually pretty boring" morning announcements over the PA at Franklin Middle School one morning when something caught the sixth-grader's attention.

Barnes & Noble was sponsoring a nationwide "My Favorite Teacher" contest — and Duncan knew just the right guy to nominate.

Top of the Morning, April 24, 2014

Irene Franzen didn't have much time to chat Wednesday morning about her Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon debut.

She had a hair appointment to get to in Rantoul.

"I go once a week," the 91-year-old said, "and I don't want to be late."

First members chosen for PBL Hall of Fame

PAXTON — The first induction class for the newly created Paxton-Buckley-Loda Hall of Fame features former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Garrelts; flying-car creator Sam Schweighart; and Frank Drendel, who is currently non-executive chairman of the board of CommScope Holding Company Inc., a public company that develops infrastructure solutions for communications networks in more than 100 c

Reception for retiring Urbana parks director on Monday

URBANA — A public reception to recognize Vicki Mayes, retiring executive director of the Urbana Park District, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana.

Mayes announced her retirement last September,  just months after she helped open the $9 million outdoor aquatics center at Crystal Lake Park.

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