Sandra Mason: A grateful gardener

Research studies continue to highlight the health benefits of gratitude.

Athletic success takes more than a coach

While it's anyone's guess who'll replace the ousted Mike Thomas, this much is known: Illinois' next athletic director will be charged with rebuilding a department that trails its Big Ten peers in most meaningful measurements.

Top of the morning, Nov. 28, 2015

They always stand out in a crowd, even one as delirious as Black Friday at Market Place Mall.

It's been the case for about a decade, since lifetime friends Joy Lou Walker and Carol Young and their kids decided to mix shenanigans with shopping over the holidays.

"We like to shop," Joy Lou said, "and we like being together."

Tom's Mailbag, Nov. 27, 2015

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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.

Delivering healthy doses of puppy love

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

Area history, Nov. 27, 2015

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

'Welcome the stranger'

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

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.