Area history, Feb. 28, 2017

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the first break in the list of candidates for nomination for mayor of Champaign came when Lee G. VanWegen withdrew from the race. That left five candidates to battle for the top two positions for mayor in the March 13 primary.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 28, 2017

CHUCK KOPLINSKI has seen a thing or two in his many years as The News-Gazette's movie critic. But Sunday's crazy finish at the Oscars ranks at the top.

Parking near Wrigley Field to get more expensive

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are raising ticket prices to get into Wrigley Field and now the city is raising the price to park nearby.

Poll: U.S. teens disillusioned, divided by politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense.

It was an unusual show of political engagement from future voters who may alter America's political landscape in 2020 — or even in next year's midterm elections.

Those Who Served: WWII veteran survived B-17 crash, life as a POW

MAHOMET — Surviving the crash of his B-17 bomber, Tech Sgt. Harold Huffman spent the rest of World War II in Sweden, held as a prisoner of war.

Huffman, 94, farmed with horses outside Lovington before he was drafted in the Army Air Corps in 1943.

Before his training, he'd never been in an airplane.

This day in history, Feb. 27, 2017

Today is Monday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2017. There are 307 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On Feb. 27, 1942, the Battle of the Java Sea began during World War II; Imperial Japanese naval forces scored a decisive victory over the Allies.

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Area history, Feb. 27, 2017

Today is Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, with the arrest of William Brown, Champaign police believe they have cleared up six holdup jobs. Brown, who was shot in the arm while attempting to elude police, furnished a list of six robberies and also named two accomplices, both of whom were arrested.

Letter from Birdland: Getting an early start on spring cleaning

Is it really February? That global warming hoax has me thinking it is springtime in Birdland.

Bulbs are popping up in my flower beds — daffodils, tulips, iris and hyacinths.

On my pie path, garlic shoots push through a litter of leaves in the garlic corner.

The ornamental quince is sprouting buds like pink capers all over its branches.

Getting Personal: Carol Ammons

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Carol Ammons of Urbana, a Democrat representing the 103rd House District in Illinois, chats with staff writer Melissa Merli.

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That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

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Big Gigantic visiting the Canopy Club

Big Gigantic, an instrumental electronica, hip-hop and jazz music group based in Boulder, Colo., will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Canopy Club, Urbana. Tickets are $29.