Area history, March 24, 2017

Today is Friday, March 24, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, George F. Ray of Ranoul was killed instantly Friday night when he picked up a live wire which lay buzzing in the grass in front of his home.

Study: Wide health disparities in Chicago's neighborhoods

CHICAGO (AP) — A hospital system's study of Chicago neighborhoods finds wide health disparities, including with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Sinai Urban Health Institute released a survey Thursday drawing upon responses from roughly 2,000 residents in nine Chicago neighborhoods.

Economists study how lack of education raises death risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

Census Bureau estimates show Chicago-area's population slips

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area's population has declined two years in a row.

Just 1 Question: March 23, 2017

Forget professional photographers.

This year, it's up to Monticello students to fill the pages of their high school yearbook. All they need to get their favorite memories featured in the Class of 2017 book: a smartphone and a Snapchat account.

Legends of the game at museum

SPRINGFIELD — The popular Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will open on Friday an exhibit about one of the greatest sports rivalry in the state — the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.

The "Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry" will feature artifacts, photographs and related events in the Illinois Gallery of the museum.

New idea shakes up dinosaur family tree

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyrannosaurus Rex and his buddies could be on the move as a new study proposes a massive shake-up of the dinosaur family tree.

Scientists who took a deeper look at dinosaur fossils suggest a different evolutionary history for dinosaurs, moving theropods such as T. Rex to a new branch of the family tree and hinting at an earlier and more northern origin for dinosaurs.

Cobras' manager a real team player

CHAMPAIGN — How good is this Parkland College men's basketball team? There's a skinny guy in glasses rolling two oversized Gatorade coolers around on a cart before Wednesday's practice, filling up individual water bottles for the Cobras.

More kids can get Head Start thanks to move

URBANA — After a little rearranging and a couple fresh coats of paint, the Urbana Head Start program can now accept nearly double the amount of low-income children it was serving last year.

This day in history, March 23, 2017

Today is Thursday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 283 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On March 23, 1792, Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G Major (known as the "Surprise" symphony because of an unexpected crashing chord in the second movement) had its first public performance in London.

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