Photographer on mission honored for work in Haiti

Tears come easy to photographer Karyl Wackerlin, especially when she talks about Haiti, a country of extreme poverty that can break your heart.

On one of her many mission trips around the world, she persuaded the staff of God's Littlest Angels orphanage in Haiti to show her where they find the babies who wind up there.

Weekend Planner: This may tickle the stuffing out of you

The 25th annual Scarecrow Festival today at AMBUCS Park in east Urbana is not much of a fundraiser for the Greater Champaign County AMBUCS, said organizer KEITH JAMIESON. Instead, it's designed to promote the park at 1200 E. University Ave.

Gold Star 500 bicyclists feeling burn on memorial ride — and that's the point

URBANA — About halfway through their 500-mile ride from Cairo to the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the 34 riders participating in the Gold Star 500 placed their bikes against the walls of the Illinois National Guard Armory on Friday.

Most of them ditched their shoes, too, for relief on another unseasonably warm day.

Sports-memoribilia appraiser can help you find out if fortune is in the cards

CHAMPAIGN — A few years ago, after he decided to turn his hobby of appraising vintage sports memorabilia into his full-time job, Michael Osacky took a look at a 1915 Cracker Jack complete baseball card set for someone.

The man figured the collection he inherited from family members was worth a couple thousand dollars.

Newly minted SJ-O Hall of Famer gets a special gift after Irma

ST. JOSEPH — In the disaster of Hurricane Irma, Navy Cmdr. Patrick Gegg — a hometown hero for St. Joseph-Ogden's homecoming weekend — found some solace.

After his family had evacuated, the storm took out their summer cottage full of memories near Jacksonville, Fla.

The date, too, was memorable: Sept. 11.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 23, 2017

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Her 100th birthday party was a hoot, say family and friends hosting an open house to celebrate the remarkable ALICE LOUISE SNYDER.

That was a long time ago.

This day in history, Sept. 23, 2017

Today is Saturday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2017. There are 99 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known as the "Checkers" speech.

Area history, Sept. 23, 2017

Today is Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

LL Bean offers outdoors ad only visible in sunlight

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors.

The company took its mission to get people outside to a new level Friday by publishing an ad in The New York Times in ink that can only be seen when the newspaper is taken outside and exposed to sunlight.

Search for Mexico quake survivors enters day 4

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.