Area history, Aug. 15, 2015

Today is Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Aug. 15, 2015

Coming to a theater near you: "The Prophet," a Hollywood movie based on Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran's book of poems, interpreted by, as NPR puts it, "an international who's who of animators" — among them Urbana's Nina Paley.

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#SundaySneak: You'll see this name in lights

An advance look at a feature story in Sunday's paper:

Whenever Amy Halstead watched her son, Gabe, in a play, she always just saw the boy she raised — until he appeared as Prince Chulalongkorn of Siam in "The King and I" in May at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

Then she felt goosebumps as she saw not her son on stage, but the crown prince instead.

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Roberts headlines tribute to UHS' Greg Chew

CHAMPAIGN — One of Urbana High's most acclaimed alums is coming back home for a tribute to a former teacher.

Saturday night at Mike N Molly's in downtown Champaign, Mark Roberts (Class of '79) will host Laugh-A-Palooza C-U, a benefit for the Greg Chew Theater.

Area history, Aug. 14, 2015

Today is Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Aug. 14, 2015

Final details are still being worked out, but Champaign station WCIA will broadcast the Sept. 19 Eastern Illinois-Illinois State football game. The game at Charleston's O'Brien Field is being moved from 6 to 7 p.m.

"We were just down there today scouting locations," WCIA vice president and general manager Coby Cooper said.

The great state fair

Our state fair is a great state fair — 'it's dollars to doughnuts that our state fair, is the best state fair in our state,' as the song goes —  and staff writer PAUL WOOD talked to the Illinois State Fair's Rebecca Clark to find out the top five


Reluctant Townie: Trump that: A winner at entertainment

Just right here at the top, I'd like to make it very clear:

This is not an endorsement.

I would not vote for Donald Trump as president of Hair Club for Men, much less as president of the United States of America. He is a mascot for everything foreigners assume to be inherent and odious about Americans; he is a walking caricature, a joke without a punch line.