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Letter from Birdland | A mix of fall and summer

We have turned the corner from a long summer into a slow slide toward autumn into winter, and I have that lonesome feeling I get with endings.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 13-20, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

VERMILION RIVER FALL FESTIVAL AND FARMERS MARKET

Labrador dog saves Oregon man from sex conviction

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence.

Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of a minor.

Pet Talk | Thinking inside the box

By UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Call it "house soiling," "inappropriate elimination," "going outside the box" or whatever you like: It is a big problem for cat owners.

UI program offering free vet care for feral cats

URBANA — Hundreds of feral cats that live outdoors and fend for themselves are going to be treated to veterinary care this fall, courtesy of the University of Illinois' shelter medicine program.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018

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This weekend

CAF AIRPOWER HISTORY TOUR

Pet Talk | Targeting cancer in cats

By JAKE SMILEY
UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Letter from Birdland | Flowers are therapeutic

In Birdland, we are under a heat advisory, and I feel limp with humidity.

Walking to work, I watched a gigantic dragonfly capture a smaller insect. It flew weaving around about 10 feet in the air, homing in on its quarry, and then darted up to hover high above after the capture.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2018

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This weekend

NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

UI researchers' study confirms cats crave stimulation

URBANA — Do cats benefit from stimulating surroundings and attention from the humans around them? You bet.

University of Illinois researchers, who set up a unique environment for 35 cats involved in a study, affirmed what some cat owners already know.

"Cats are so intelligent," said Amy Fischer, a UI animal-sciences professor. "They benefit from an enriched environment."