Area history, Nov. 14, 2016

Today is Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Those Who Served: 'Lyndon Johnson needed cannon fodder'

CHAMPAIGN — Rudi Laufhutte survived a childhood in Germany where U.S. bombers leveled his town, then went on to serve proudly for his adopted country in the Vietnam era.

He’s still proud and serves as the 19th District commander of the Illinois American Legion.

Laufhutte, 72, was only a baby as World War II came to a close.

Illinois fifth in nation for drawing international students

URBANA — International enrollment at American universities topped the 1 million mark for the first time last year and now makes up 5 percent of the U.S. college student population, a new report says.

John Roska: Landlord can't change lease terms until it expires

Q: I live in a mobile-home park. The landlord says that starting Jan. 1, water is no longer included in the rent. We have to start paying the landlord a monthly water bill. The lot rent stays the same, even though water's no longer included. Can they do this?

Tom Kacich: Voter dissatisfaction high in Champaign County

So, you voted in the general election but you didn't vote for any of the presidential candidates on the ballot?

You're not alone.

The Reluctant Townie: Election night: Burning down the house

By now, I'm sure you've found a way to get a handle on this.

These women are raising the bar

Twelve-plus years after going door-to-door during her first campaign for state's attorney, Julia Rietz hasn't forgotten one gentleman's line after she introduced herself.

"A woman as state's attorney?" he said. "I don't think so, sweetie."

Sidney farmer has 'em gobbling up his free-range livestock

SIDNEY — David Bane grew up with six brothers adn two sisters, so Thanksgiving rotates each year among him and his brothers.

This year he and his wife, Susan, will visit brother Ted in Lexington, Ky. If it were David's turn, he would be grilling a turkey at the Homer Lake Forest Preserve for his side of the Bane family Thanksgiving.

Area history, Nov. 13, 2016

Today is Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Letter from Birdland: Sharing a special film with friends

Birdland in November is ... warm? At least until the sun goes down. And the grass is green under the carpet of leaves.

We are tidying up after a gathering of friends, old and new, who came out for a very special launch party.

Petting Zoo, an independent film by writer/director Micah Magee, is "a story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas."