Supreme Court justice to speak at UI in March

CHAMPAIGN — Add another A-lister to the University of Illinois College of Law's list of special guests this semester.

A week after Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward spoke at packed Foellinger Auditorium, the college announced Monday that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit for a public event on March 7.

Volunteer who fell is on the mend

MONTICELLO — Retired Champaign firefighter Dave Lawrence took a huge fall before the holidays at the Monticello Railroad Museum, where he's a regular volunteer. While he's still not totally healed, he's back for his regular lunch with fellow museum volunteers.

Psychologist hails ban on gay conversion therapy

SPRINGFIELD — The state's recent ban on practicing gay conversion therapy on minors has a local LGBT advocate praising the new legislation and calling it a victory for young people across Illinois.

Area history, Feb. 2, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Fifth-grader's first single won't be her last

CHAMPAIGN — Coming soon to iTunes: fresh new tracks from Adele, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay ... and a Champaign fifth-grader.

At Carrie Busey Elementary, she's known as Ashanti Butler — a fun-loving 10-year-old who digs basketball, gets good grades and has a legion of friends.

Did Krush go too far?

Top of the morning, Feb. 2, 2016

The school's basketball teams probably won't win state titles. But when it comes to high-tech entertainment, Urbana High's gym has few peers in our area.

High on the east wall of Oscar Adams Gym hangs a video board that shows highlights, just like the contraption above midcourt at State Farm Center (only a lot smaller).

Gianina Baker chosen for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — After two hours of interviews and an hour of closed-session deliberation, the Champaign school board chose a black woman with a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Illinois to fill the seat of former President Laurie Bonnett.

Area history, Feb. 1, 2016

In 1916, the addition to the Chemistry Building at the University of Illinois was set to be dedicated April 19, according to the chemistry department. The new structure, fully equipped, entailed an expenditure of $300,000, and with the old Chemistry Building, to which it is connected, would form one of the largest structures devoted to the study of chemistry in the world.

Those Who Served: Architect got hard lesson in rebuilding in Nagasaki

CHAMPAIGN — Though his main service was in the Korean War, Robert Porter witnessed the aftermath of destruction on Nagasaki, helped save Vietnamese refugees and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at the end of his career.