The public is invited to a memorial celebrating the life of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader, former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, at 4 p.m. Thursday at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.
The University of Illinois Center for African Studies is organizing the event.
The day after Nelson Mandela died, Teresa Ann Barnes was thinking about two "Happy Birthday" letters, written by a 9- and 10-year-old.
"Children have a way of seeing through the nonsense to the heart of the matter," the University of Illinois professor said Friday.
URBANA — In the barnlike structure behind Ron and Joy Meyer's home are thousands of colorful toys, cleaned up and meticulously displayed on shelves.
There's Teddy Ruxpin, Fisher-Price Chatter Phones, stuffed animals, dinosaurs, farm toys, Hot Wheels cars, children's books, Christmas trees ... and a separate display room of Barbie dolls and accessories.
Drive is already 20 percent along toward $122,500 goal
CHAMPAIGN — People who give more toward the creation and installation of a lifesize bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert in downtown Champaign will get a little more in return.
The organizers of the fundraising campaign have increased the incentives for donations of $1,000 or more:
GIFFORD — More than $66,000 has been distributed to homeowners and businesses affected by the Nov. 17 tornado that struck Gifford and surrounding communities, even as money continues to flow into various relief funds.
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Nelson Mandela's death will be mourned from Cape Town to Champaign-Urbana. Six area admirers shared their memories with The News-Gazette:
Head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois
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DANVILLE — Keon Clark's most recent drunk-driving conviction, stemming from an Aug. 4 accident in Danville, sent him back to the Illinois penitentiary on Wednesday.
But shortly before he was sentenced to 8 years in prison on that charge and a weapons charge in a 2012 case, the former NBA player said the accident, just a block from his home, was also a wake-up call.