Top of the morning, July 1, 2015

You see their work every day in these pages and at It's clear that photo editor John Dixon and his staff of Heather Coit, Rick Danzl, Holly Hart and Robin Scholz make our product easy on the eyes.

How do they do it? Starting today, I'll check in with them periodically for "The Story Behind The Photo."

New dean chosen for Graduate College

URBANA — For the second time in a day, the University of Illinois has chosen a new dean from its own faculty ranks.

Professor Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, head of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health since 2005, was named dean of the UI Graduate College on Tuesday. He will assume the job on Aug. 16, pending approval by UI trustees.

Area history, June 30, 2015

Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Judge John McNutt of Mattoon this morning overruled a motion for a new trial in the Harry Glascock murder case. Glascock, convicted of murdering his wife, will serve a life sentence at the Chester penitentiary.

Jim Dey: A twisting, turning journey of homelessness, mental illness

Bill Walton — a homeless man who lived on the streets of downtown Urbana for decades — died June 23 in hospice care. His death, according to lifetime friend William Weisiger, came "10 days after his 69th birthday."

Spotlight on Service, June 30, 2015

A look at do-gooders. This week: Downtown Danville Rotary

About the club

President: Terry Miles

Origin: Founded in 1965

Meets: At noon on Tuesdays at Sarge's Tap Banquet Room (the old Knights of Columbus), 409 E. Main St., Danville

The rain, it's plain, can be a pain

The monthlong monsoon that's been June in East Central Illinois will be remembered fondly by some, forgettably by many others:


Top of the morning, June 30, 2015

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Area history, June 29, 2015

In 1915, an unknown man, about 40 years old, was killed instantly by an inbound Wabash Railroad train at a point about 200 feet northwest of the Main Street crossing in Urbana. The body was cut to pieces and strewn along the track for a distance of about 150 feet.

Those Who Served: After Korea, 'They're still finding shrapnel in my hip'

CHAMPAIGN — In September 1952, recent MIT graduate Fred McCauley came to Korea to serve as a forward observer for a mortar group.

The Army second lieutenant and two soldiers were in a dug-in position called a "hoochie," he recalled.

On the first night there, an enemy raiding party rolled two grenades into the log-reinforced structure.

It's Your Business: Capoeira center making the move to Urbana

URBANA — There's soon going to be more movement in downtown Urbana — quick movement involving plenty of kicks and spins.

The Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande — an academy that teaches the Brazilian martial art of capoeira (pronounced CAP-oo-AIR-uh) — plans to relocate to 122 W. Main St. — a second-floor space above Mirabelle Fine Pastries — in August.