Area history, Sept. 10, 2016

Today is Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Comedic play offers back story to old tale

CHAMPAIGN — Other community theaters have produced the new play "Peter and the Starcatcher," but Twin City Squared was the first to land the licensing rights.

"It's never been done around here," said Mike Galloway of Twin City Squared, the newest theater company in Urbana-Champaign. "Actually, we were the first community theater in the U.S. to get rights to it."

Area coaches, administrators weigh in on anthem protest

When the Centennial High School football team travels to Normal West for tonight's game, Tyreace James will stand alongside teammates when the national anthem plays prior to kickoff.

James' dad and other family members have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"I do it for them," James said. "That moment, for me, is about them."

Religion calendar, Sept. 9-15, 2016

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#TheMJs, Sept. 9, 2016

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Clergy corner, Sept. 9, 2016

The last thing TOM HILLERTZ built — and maybe "built" is too strong a word here — happened in high school woodshop class.

"A step stool," he says, "that fell apart after about the second or third time I used it."

Area history, Sept. 9, 2016

Today is Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Jim Dey: QB's mixed signals are generating confusion

The first game of ESPN's Monday Night Football schedule is Sept. 12, and the eyes of football fans will be focused on — San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick?

Just 1 Question, Sept. 8, 2016

When LISA FERGUSON's first-grade class released "S'mores," the monarch butterfly, outside to begin her trip to Mexico last week, the kids knew they weren't sending her off into the great unknown.