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Roger Ebert's Film Festival 2011

 

 Photos from the Thirteenth Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Champaign, IL.  Wednesday, April 27, 2011.


Founder leaves Volition

CHAMPAIGN -- The founder and president of Volition Inc. is leaving the company.

Mike Kulas told employees last week he is stepping down after 18 years with the Champaign-based video game design firm and its predecessor, Parallax Software. His last day will be Monday.


Survivors to attend renaming of Indianapolis highway

INDIANAPOLIS -- Don McCall was more than pleasantly surprised to hear that a stretch of interstate highway around Indiana's capital is going to be named after the ship that he jumped from as it sank into the Pacific at the end of World War II.


Danville business continues to make it bloom

DANVILLE - Evidently dark clouds and a tornado watch make the best atmosphere for planting petunias in a 67-foot-long flower box while standing on a lift about a dozen feet above the ground – with an audience.


Agencies cooperate to send radiation detectors to Japan

URBANA -- As Japanese citizens continue to deal with the aftershocks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant on the country's eastern coast, 2,000 radiation detectors on Tuesday were on their way from Urbana to the country that was devastated by a March earthquake and consequent tsunami.


Minister recounts attack in Paxton home

PAXTON -- At first, Jim Wood thought someone was playing a joke when he saw a masked man with a knife in his living room on Easter Sunday.

The Paxton minister quickly realized it wasn't.


Spring Pet Wash 2011: A benefit for the Champaign County Humane Society

The Omega Tau Sigma annual spring Pet Wash to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society at the UI Vet school in Urbana on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Last fall, a pet wash held by the group raised $1,600 for the Humane Society.


C-U real-estate titan dies at 65

URBANA -- Businessman and philanthropist Clint Atkins died Sunday morning. He was 65.

Family members said Mr. Atkins died after a heart attack at about 4 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.

"He had a heart attack in the middle of the night in his sleep," said his wife, Susan Atkins. "It was totally unexpected."


Freshman set to serve as DACC trustee

DANVILLE -- Before John Spezia takes his seat on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, another newly elected trustee will be seated.

Hayley Lockwood, 18, of Catlin won the student trustee seat after running unopposed in a campuswide election on April 12 and 13.


Real-estate developer Clint Atkins dead at 65

Businessman and philanthropist Clint Atkins, owner of The Atkins Group, partner in Fox/Atkins Development and VersaBuoy International and developer of subdivisions and shopping centers in Champaign-Urbana, died Sunday morning. He was 65.

Family members said Mr. Atkins died after a heart attack in his sleep at about 4 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.


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