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Top of the morning, Nov. 30, 2016

Introducing Steve Bourbon, a 2015 University of Illinois graduate who has joined The News-Gazette as a jack-of-all-trades with a focus on print and online production. He's a fan of Netflix, owns a cat named Alley and is into video games. Here's more:

This day in history, Nov. 29, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2016. There are 32 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Nov. 29, 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.

On this date:

In 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, onetime adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.

Area history, Nov. 29, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Service Club of the Week: Ogden American Legion Post 998

About the club

Commander: Carl E. Lewis.

Origin: The post was formed in 1946.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Ogden Rose Public Library, 103 W. Main St.

Life Remembered: Dancer put best foot forward with positivity, energy

CHAMPAIGN — Kate Kuper grew up with parents who nurtured her and her two siblings' interests in the arts, telling them often to follow their bliss.

For Ms. Kuper, that was dance.

She studied dance and be- came a professional dancer and then a well-regarded teacher of dance and creative movement, affecting the lives of hundreds young and old in Champaign, Urbana and the region.

This day in history, Nov. 28, 2016

Today is Monday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2016. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Nov. 28, 2001, Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion takeover deal. (Enron filed for bankruptcy protection four days later.)

On this date:

Top of the morning, Nov. 28, 2016

By HEATHER COIT

Sixteen high school football teams — from as far as East St. Louis to as close as Decatur — played for state titles last weekend at Memorial Stadium.

As fun as it is to cover an action-packed game up close on the field, as a photographer, I think it's every bit as enjoyable to turn the lens toward the colorful fans in the stadium's stands.

Those Who Served: Keeping a cool head in times of crisis

CHAMPAIGN — Chuck Zelinsky served on the Air Force base where President John Kennedy often made stops. On one of them, he saluted Kennedy, and Kennedy saluted back.

"Eight weeks later, he was assassinated," Zelinsky recalls.

"The base went into high alert," he adds, with Americans not sure what the assassination would mean in ever-tense global politics.

Area history, Nov. 28, 2016

Today is Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area women joining busloads heading to march on Washington

Busloads of women from Champaign County and across America are planning a trip to the nation's capital in January, but not for the presidential inauguration.

They're joining a national Women's March on Washington the following day at the Lincoln Memorial, organized immediately after Donald Trump's stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8.