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Area history, March 19, 2017

Today is Sunday, March 19, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, March 19, 2017

Today is Sunday, March 19, the 78th day of 2017. There are 287 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On March 19, 1917, a divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Wilson v. New, upheld 5-4 the eight-hour work day for interstate railroad workers.

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Tate: A whirlwind romance

Josh Whitman didn't confer with Lou Henson about the new Illini men's basketball coach.

But if Whitman had done so, the former Illini coach would have recommended Brad Underwood.

Weekend Planner: A bit of kiddin' around

To Prairie Fruits Farm, spring on the farm means "Babies and Breakfast," an open house that serves up local foods and visits with the adorable baby goats. The first one takes place from 9 a.m. to noon today, and visitors will be invited to see the more than 100 baby Nubian and LaMancha goats born this spring, a record for the homestead creamery that opened in 2005 at 4410 N. Lincoln Ave, C.

A Life Remembered: Urbana's first black elected official a local civil-rights icon

URBANA — When Shirese Hursey and her brother Paul Jr. were kids, they'd often be tasked with walking around the neighborhood passing out brochures on behalf of their father, Paul Hursey Sr.

This day in history, March 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, March 18, the 77th day of 2017. There are 288 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On March 18, 1937, in America's worst school disaster, nearly 300 people, most of them children, were killed in a natural-gas explosion at the New London Consolidated School in Rusk County, Texas.

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Top of the Morning, March 18, 2017

Introducing Sage Phillips, a 17-year-old student at Champaign Central who bagged Best In Show at the eighth annual Eric Show, a juried exhibition featuring artwork from 150 youths at 20 area high schools.

That's her winning entry — "Flesh and Flame" — at right.

Area history, March 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, March 18, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the twin cities were to honor returning soldiers at the old University of Illinois Armory at Springfield and Burrill avenues. Members of Battery F, Troop B and Company M would be permitted to sit with relatives in any part of the room they desire.

Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game Monopoly. In their place will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky.

#TheMJs, March 17, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.

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