Black seniors stroll down memory lane in bid to stay sharp

Sharon Steen dons her tennis shoes and, with two fellow seniors, walks streets that in her youth were a vibrant center of Portland, Oregon's African-American community. Wasn't this the corner where an NAACP march began in 1963? Look, the record store is now a fancy high-rise.

Student's pitch for middle school softball in Champaign finally connects

CHAMPAIGN — Three years ago, as she was entering sixth grade at Edison Middle School, Kathryn Currey went before the Unit 4 school board to make a case for adding girls' softball for the middle schools.

She had played Little League Baseball in C-U — primarily with boys — and later joined the Border Girls travel softball team.

Top of the Morning, July 25, 2017

We're closing in on 4,000 followers on an Instagram account (@news_gazette) we introduced two years ago. The latest addition: Robin Scholz's photograph of a lightning strike north of Champaign on Sunday night.

This day in history, July 25, 2017

Today is Tuesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2017. There are 159 days left in the year.

The latest: Father says it's time to let Charlie Gard go

LONDON (AP) — The latest on the legal battle over critically ill baby Charlie Gard (all times local):

4:00 p.m.

The father of critically ill child Charlie Gard says the infant will not make his first birthday in less than two weeks.

Area history, July 24, 2017

Today is Monday, July 24, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, July 24, 2017

Today is Monday, July 24, the 205th day of 2017. There are 160 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On July 24, 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate by Scottish nobles in favor of her infant son James, who became King of Scotland at the age of one.

On this date:

Letter from Birdland: Finding peace on the water

We are sitting in the cockpit of a sailboat anchored in a cove of Chambers Island in Green Bay. Michael is looking thoughtfully at the horizon, and I am still nibbling at our picnic lunch — kipper snacks, apples, hummus, cucumbers and cheese. My husband and I packed for this trip specifically so we wouldn't have to use the galley much.

Local reviewers', veterans' highest-ranking war movies

"Dunkirk" is this weekend's big movie. It's the true story of 400,000 British soldiers trapped by the Germans on the wrong side of the English Channel and how they escape at the beginning of World War II.

It got staff writer PAUL WOOD thinking: What would movie buffs and veterans pick as their favorite war movies?

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 8: Malik Turner, WR

Why he's important: How Illinois will use its wide receivers — its passing game in general — this fall is still a bit of a mystery. New No. 1 quarterback Chayce Crouch has nearly as many career rushing as passing attempts. He's never utilized a 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver like Turner for a full season.