Tom's Mailbag, Nov. 27, 2015

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This day in history, Nov. 27, 2015

Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2015. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 27, 1945, General George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China by President Harry S. Truman to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.

On this date:

Go figure, UI edition, Nov. 27, 2015

A numerical look at what's making headlines on the UI campus


UI students chosen in the last six years for a Marshall Scholarship, which covers the cost of graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom.

'Welcome the stranger'

Some congregants of the Philo Presbyterian Church have already responded to calls to help Syrian refugees through prayer and financial donations.

Area history, Nov. 27, 2015

Today is Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Delivering healthy doses of puppy love

DANVILLE — She doesn't wear a white coat, offer medical advice or dispense medicine.

Jim Dey: Oh, say, can you 'C'

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a day for leftovers.

It's no different in the newspaper business, where a handful of short stories can make a big one.

So think of today's offering — the killer "C"s — as the journalistic equivalent of a turkey sandwich. It's Cantor, the Cubs and a careless coonhound named Charli.

Top of the morning, Nov. 27, 2015

Do you like Legos? Do you like robots?

Well, Parkland College has an event for you.

On Dec. 5, the First Lego League hosts its Champaign-Urbana qualifying tournament. Fourteen teams of elementary and middle schoool kids will participate in robot performance competitions.

Frank's Faves: Giving thanks

Thunderstorms. Shoulder rubs. Backyard barbecue. Great movies. These are a few of my favorite things.

'Part of that parade now'

NEW YORK — Every year, the Hanson family turns the television to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. But not today.