C-U haiku, July 31, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

party nominees

string history together

the minotaur roars

— Jim O'Brien, Saint Joseph

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Little Free Libraries are all the rage

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The first time Susan Laesch saw a Little Free Library, in Seattle, Wash., she fell in love with it.

After returning to Champaign, she "nagged" her husband, Wally, and their son, Danny, to build one for the front of their home in the 1000 block of West Union Street.

Area history, July 31, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 31, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 31, 2016

Ready or not, Rio, the Summer Games commence in five days. Here's Part 2 of our miniseries asking locals with Olympic resumes to share the memory that always draws laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it. (Here's part 1)

Studio Visit: Nydia Mercado

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Nydia Mercado, 61, of Urbana is an artist specializing in murals, beadwork and painting.

What kind of art do you do?

I paint. I have a small mural business. I do murals in town. If you go to Crisis Nursery there are three walls where I painted.

Alice B. McGinty: Browsing brings delights

A great way to beat the heat of the summer is to spend time in the library. Browsing can not only bring an air-conditioned respite for you and your kids, but also the rewards of finding great books. My recent browse through the new books in the children's section of the Urbana Free Library brought me to these two terrific finds.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 31, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

There are dozens of folk tales in which someone is sent on an errand and it gets derailed in one way or another. Here Alberto Ros, who lives in Arizona, gives us a fresh one from Sonora, from his book from Copper Canyon press, A Small Story About the Sky.


One Thursday Afternoon: Magdalena, Sonora, 1939

Fair's been good to 3 generations of family

CHAMPAIGN — Doug Hughes led his pigs around the livestock ring so judges could watch the way they walk and stand.

A good hog is big-bodied, with large bones and muscle, and it can walk with ease. The ultimate goal is to find one that can help improve the swine industry.

Bob Swisher: Great care during a close call

Other than a little confusion on the 911 call, everything else worked out good. A discharge of blood on Sunday evening turned out to be a bleeding ulcer in my esophagus, which caused me to collapse.

The Urbana Fire Department was in my home in a very short time, followed closely by a Presence ambulance. They could not find a pulse and promptly put an oxygen mask on me.

Area history, July 30, 2016

Today is Saturday, July 30, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: A report about the city that Miss Lottie Switzer had resigned as principal at Champaign High School is seemingly without foundation. Miss Switzer is presently in Washington, D.C., and is scheduled to return from vacation around Sept. 1.