Area history, Oct. 20, 2018

Today is Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, University Place Church announced that all services would be canceled until the influenza epidemic was over.

Black moms more likely to die from pregnancy-related ills

CHICAGO (AP) — Black women who have just given birth in Illinois are more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues within a year than non-Hispanic white women, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health study released Thursday.

Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats holding starkly distinct opinions of his credibility, according to a poll released Friday.

The latest: Florida firefighter dies; Michael toll up to 35

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The lLatest on Hurricane Michael (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

A falling tree has killed a firefighter while he was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, increasing the overall storm-related death toll to 35.

Clergy Corner, Oct. 19, 2018

URBANA — Every Wednesday, a small miracle emerges in a building on Urbana's north side.

Dozens of volunteers with The Vineyard Church help distribute groceries to people who need food, echoing Jesus' message in Matthew 25:35: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink."

No rest for the 'undead': Thomasboro woman survives Six Flags' Coffin Challenge

ST. LOUIS — Rest in peace? There wasn't much chance of that for Stacey Wagner as the Thomasboro resident spent 30 hours in a coffin last weekend at Six Flags St. Louis.

Any thoughts Wagner and five other "undead" contestants in the Coffin Challenge would get much shut-eye were quickly dispelled. There were too many ghouls, goblins, even a monkey playing cymbals during the ordeal.

Religion calendar, Oct. 19-26, 2018

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UI experts on Mega Millions: Fat chance, but, 'hey, why not?'

CHAMPAIGN — Even with a $970 million jackpot for today's Mega Millions drawing, the head of the University of Illinois' statistics department isn't planning to buy a ticket.

"It's not worth the effort," Douglas Simpson said.

But he won't blame you if you buy one or two.

Area history, Oct. 19, 2018

Today is Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, residents expressed relief that no new deaths from influenza were reported in Champaign-Urbana over the last 48 hours.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 19, 2018

The honors continue for former Mahomet-Seymour athlete-turned-hero JASON SEAMAN. This time, courtesy of his alma mater Southern Illinois.

Seaman will serve as grand marshal for this weekend's homecoming parade. He will attend Saturday's game between Southern Illinois and Indiana State.