Part 26: Rulings in favor of Assembly Hall, Huff tennis courts, Lincoln Hall

With the University of Illinois celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday and one Sunday a month throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 26: The judges edition.

Top of the Morning, May 9, 2017

Like so many others, Mahomet's Gary Matthews last week submitted a get-well message to Lou Henson via this page.

Like so many others, Matthews thanked Henson and his wife, Mary, for their time and compassion.

Area history, May 9, 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, excited advances in wheat prices at the opening of the trading day reflected the bullish crop report issued by the government. May wheat sold from $3.07 to $3.14, a record, before closing the day at $3.11.

Area history, May 8, 2017

Today is Monday, May 8, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, Champaign will lose one of its oldest business establishments soon when W.J. Mulliken closes out his store at 215-217 N. Neil St. The firm, with a few changes, has been in Champaign since 1856. Mulliken has been associated with the store since 1863.

Unity grad nears college graduation: 'He could do anything'

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — As an education major at Indiana's Wabash College, Kyle Morgan spent an "immersion week" in a Chicago public school last year.

His mentor teacher at Kenwood Academy in Chicago asked the 2013 Unity High School graduate to take full control of planning and teaching her African-American history class.

Monticello duo to get Army appointments from Davis

MONTICELLO — As she enters the final few days of her high school career at Monticello, Kendyl McFarland gets around the hallways of the school in sandy-colored boots, extending halfway up her lower leg.

It's not the most fashion-forward look, but excuse McFarland if she's not interested in appearing on your "who wore it best" list.

Those Who Served: Air Force vet came to the rescue

CHAMPAIGN — Flying rescue missions during the Korean War, Ted Barnhart was the radar operator as his B-17 skimmed over polar seas.

The Tolono native, now 85, did most of his missions in the Sixth Air Rescue around Labrador, Greenland and Iceland.

In that part of the world, if you landed in the drink, hypothermia would kill you in five minutes, he says.

Top of the Morning: May 8, 2017

Something to get you going today, courtesy photographer Holly Hart

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to photograph a neighborhood beautification at Silver/Vawter in Urbana.

It's a neighborhood that has fallen on hard times, with numerous shootings taking place there in recent months.

Wired In: Karthik Vellanki

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KARTHIK VELLANKI, co-founder at Bundle Inc., created at the University of Illinois iVenture Accelerator. From its original effort, it has evolved into a service that manages purchasing and inventory for dentistry supplies, and may branch out into other fields.

The Reluctant Townie: Summer movie previews — and alternatives

Summer movie season has arrived, and I have compiled a list of new releases awaiting you at the multiplex. I have also included a budget-friendly alternative to each film, because some of y'all got kids and bills, and let's be real, these days it's cheaper to Amazon Prime a pan of Jiffy Pop and a hot plate directly to your seat than to buy a medium combo in the lobby.