Area history, April 14, 2018

Today is Saturday, April 14, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, April 14, 2018

Today is Saturday, April 14, the 104th day of 2018. There are 261 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

On this date

Blow some other issue out of proportion

Please stop covering anything about the Chief. Twenty-plus years living in Champaign and my head explodes with every new Chief headline. Some grown-ups made a decision a long time ago, and a tiny minority can't find another hobby. So another smaller few, overly righteous watchdogs can't lay down their swords and retire to some quiet meadow.

Ex-UI student accused of raising money for al-Qaida pleads guilty

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The second of two brothers accused of sending money to an al-Qaida leader has pleaded guilty in Ohio to supporting terrorism.

Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad is one of four men charged three years ago with raising money through fraudulent credit card charges beginning in 2005.

Jewelry store manager charged with stealing from employer

URBANA — An Urbana woman who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from her employer was released from jail Friday after being charged with felony theft.

Diamond Smith, 24, who listed an address in the 2100 block of East Vermont Avenue, was charged Friday with the theft of $4,319 from the Rogers & Hollands Jewelers store at Market Place Mall, where she was a manager.

Hotel figures show visitors are flocking to Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago played host to a record-setting number of visitors during the first three months of this year.

Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose.

The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner than those who drink less.

Brookfield Zoo gorilla, among oldest in North America, dies

BROOKFIELD (AP) — A 50-year-old gorilla that was one of the oldest gorillas in a North American zoo has died.

The Chicago Zoological Society says Ramar, a western lowland gorilla living at the Brookfield Zoo, was euthanized on Thursday after a series of chronic, age-related health problems.

Clergy Corner, April 13, 2018

CHAMPAIGN — For the Rev. Karen Bush, a longtime career in Christian ministry has been about working for justice.

Don't look for her to give all that up when she retires next month.

"Bullies beware," she warned.

The 59-year-old Bush will serve her last day as campus minister at Champaign's Community United Church of Christ on May 11.

Emmy-winning Urbana grad to be honored as distinguished alumni

Wherever big news is breaking — from the battlefields of Iraq to the mourning town of Parkland, Fla. — you're likely to find SUSAN KROLL.