Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was close to disgraced grandfather

PHOENIX (AP) — He was a former Phoenix high school star distance runner who was the grandson of an Arizona financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal.

Area history, May 4, 2016

Today is Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, May 4, 2016

Today is Wednesday, May 4, the 125th day of 2016. There are 241 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 4, 1916, Germany, responding to an ultimatum from President Woodrow Wilson, agreed to limit its submarine warfare. (However, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare the following year.)

Go figure, UI edition: May 4, 2016

A numerical look at campus headlines


Big Ten universities that can lay claim to having our 44th president deliver their commencement addresses.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Theater scene

Champaign-Urbana teens will showcase their performance art works at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of a Mother's Day tribute at the Orpheum Theater.

Meg Makes: Summer salad inspired by Far East

My sister and I recently planned a lunch for my mom's birthday, and this salad provided an easy and refreshing focus.

We served it with green beans sauted in sesame oil, homemade pot stickers (I'm still perfecting my technique) and fortune cookies.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Major scholarship

Kirstin Phelps, a Ph.D. student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, is one of 90 doctoral students in the United States and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Holocaust records hit milestone

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and have announced that "the one millionth name of individuals persecuted by the Nazis are now searchable online for free" as part of the World Memory Project.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Robotics results

This year's Illinois 4-H Robotics Showcase — April 23 at the ARC — involved 68 Teams of 4-H members, totaling 450 youth ranging in age from 8 to 18. Highlights included:

Teacher of the week: Anders Flodstrom

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek. This week...