Supreme Court justice to speak at UI in March

CHAMPAIGN — Add another A-lister to the University of Illinois College of Law's list of special guests this semester.

A week after Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward spoke at packed Foellinger Auditorium, the college announced Monday that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit for a public event on March 7.

Volunteer who fell is on the mend

MONTICELLO — Retired Champaign firefighter Dave Lawrence took a huge fall before the holidays at the Monticello Railroad Museum, where he's a regular volunteer. While he's still not totally healed, he's back for his regular lunch with fellow museum volunteers.

Did Krush go too far?

Psychologist hails ban on gay conversion therapy

SPRINGFIELD — The state's recent ban on practicing gay conversion therapy on minors has a local LGBT advocate praising the new legislation and calling it a victory for young people across Illinois.

Top of the morning, Feb. 2, 2016

The school's basketball teams probably won't win state titles. But when it comes to high-tech entertainment, Urbana High's gym has few peers in our area.

High on the east wall of Oscar Adams Gym hangs a video board that shows highlights, just like the contraption above midcourt at State Farm Center (only a lot smaller).

Gianina Baker chosen for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — After two hours of interviews and an hour of closed-session deliberation, the Champaign school board chose a black woman with a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Illinois to fill the seat of former President Laurie Bonnett.

This day in history, Feb. 1, 2016

Today is Monday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2016. There are 334 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.

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Area history, Feb. 1, 2016

In 1916, the addition to the Chemistry Building at the University of Illinois was set to be dedicated April 19, according to the chemistry department. The new structure, fully equipped, entailed an expenditure of $300,000, and with the old Chemistry Building, to which it is connected, would form one of the largest structures devoted to the study of chemistry in the world.

Those Who Served: Architect got hard lesson in rebuilding in Nagasaki

CHAMPAIGN — Though his main service was in the Korean War, Robert Porter witnessed the aftermath of destruction on Nagasaki, helped save Vietnamese refugees and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at the end of his career.

Whatever Happened To: Letter writing

URBANA — Don't look for an LOL or OMG in the notes Valerie Hotchkiss sends off to family and friends.

No electronic shorthand here. In a world dominated by texts and email and 140 characters on social media, Hotchkiss still prefers an old favorite: the hand-written letter.