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Separate UI events to seek world marks in organ donation, corn-husking

University of Illinois students will be asked to set two world records in separate events this weekend, and the subjects couldn't be more different — corn-husking and organ donation.

On Friday, thousands of freshmen and new transfer students will attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of people simultaneously husking corn.

Protest planned over Housing Authority plan

CHAMPAIGN — An activist is speaking out against a plan to give preferential housing assistance to residents who will be forced to move out of the Bristol Place neighborhood while city officials say it would help those residents' transitions out of their homes.

UI grad seeking seeds to help Zambia

URBANA — Former Peace Corps volunteer Nicole Bridges has lived in a two-room mud house among the people of a small, poor village in Zambia, and she knows how much the simple donation of a packet of vegetable seeds can mean.

United Way seeks to create county's first family shelter

     The United Way of Champaign County is looking to establish the county's first emergency family shelter.

Workshop on dyslexia scheduled

URBANA — A free workshop about looking at dyslexia from different perspectives is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28, at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 200 W. Green St., U.

Topper Steinman, a local counselor and educator, will moderate the workshop.

Events set up to help homeless veterans

DANVILLE — A hearty meal, haircut and good conversation are things that many people take for granted.

But for homeless veterans, they are often a luxury.

Emergency food distribution set

DANVILLE — CRIS Healthy Aging Center will sponsor a senior citizen emergency food pack distribution.

The food distribution will be 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays throughout August at the CRIS Center Community Room, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville.

Relay still hopes to meet fundraising goal

CHAMPAIGN — Local teams raising money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Champaign County have just a month left to meet this year's $200,000 goal.

But a big garage sale, a scavenger hunt and a lot of bowling all planned to raise money over the next few weeks may help the cancer society hit its target.

State comptroller continues push for funding for non-profits

Illinois' comptroller is making it clear:  Non-profit groups shouldn't be a casualty of the state's financial mess.

Giveaway of school supplies planned

CHAMPAIGN — Local churches will give away more than 900 backpacks stuffed with school supplies and other items to families in need on Aug. 4 at Salt and Light, 1512 W. Anthony Drive, C.

The free items are part of the 10th annual Family Resource Day held by the Christian Mercy and Justice Network, a ministry of local churches.

The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.