Area history, July 21, 2015

Today is Monday, July 21, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Studio Visit: Erik Lund

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Erik Lund, trombonist and professor of composition at the University of Illinois,  chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Lund leads his own quintet and performs with CompostQ.

I really enjoyed your Friends Quintet gig Friday at the Post. I noticed different players.

Area history, July 20, 2015

In 1915, about 35 boys and men enjoyed a cool plunge in the swimming pool at Champaign High School Saturday evening, the occasion marking the opening of the pool to the public for the summer season. The Business Women's Club will have charge of the pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays, both afternoon and evenings, and on Saturday afternoon.

The week ahead, July 20-24, 2015

Among the stories we'll be watching during what's shaping up to be a newsy next five days:


A little more than a month after being sworn in as the newest member of the Champaign City Council, Clarissa Nickerson Fourman is due in court to answer to the most-talked-about misdemeanor of the summer — leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Vietnam: 'It was never a war we were going to win'

NEWMAN — In the deadliest year of the Vietnam War, Ken Fernandes entered Hue City with a company of 200 Marines.

Sixty-one walked out.

The battle of Hue immediately followed North Vietnam's Tet Offensive beginning in January 1968, perhaps the first time Americans were aware that the U.S. had a tenacious foe in the war.

This day in history, July 20, 2015

Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module.

On this date:

Getting Personal: Mark Shelden

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 51-year-old Urbana resident Mark Shelden chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. The former Champaign County clerk is working on political and technology projects for people around the state.

Reluctant Townie: Listening for 2015's Song of the Summer

We're almost to the end of July, and 2015 has yet to present us with an official, definitive Song of the Summer — and it's running out of time.

Without a Song of the Summer, I will have no point of reference around which to log the events of my life from May to August of 2015. Will 2015 be a lost year?

Funeral director's concern puts spotlight on sensitive issue

CHAMPAIGN — When the bodies of two of his friends were delivered to his funeral home in downtown Champaign on a single day in June, Chuck Vaughn said he looked at one of them and "about lost it."

Area history, July 19, 2015

Today is Sunday, July 19, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Three motorcycle riders pleaded guilty today to speeding on Crystal Lake Drive in Urbana Sunday evening, and paid fines of $5 each.