Resurfacing work begins on several downtown Champaign streets

CHAMPAIGN — It's single-lane traffic and delays for drivers in the center of downtown Champaign these days — and it's going to remain that way for about another week.

The city launched some resurfacing improvements Friday as part of a broader project aimed at improving safety downtown.

Musk tells newspaper he's cracking under stress of Tesla job

What do you do when your CEO confesses that he's cracking under the stress of his job?

That's the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company's impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in what he described as the most "difficult and painful year of my career."

Ford Tri-Motor offers flights over C-U — and back through time

1,000 FEET ABOVE C-U — At this cruising height on the Ford Tri-Motor, you can see Champaign-Urbana yard by yard — and you're also moving in another dimension.

"This is a time machine," pilot Steve Lambrick said. "Hot and loud."

Equipment failure eyed in D.C. airport outage

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Officials are investigating whether an equipment failure is to blame for a power outage at Reagan National Airport.

Dominion Energy Virginia spokesman Chuck Penn said Thursday that the cause of Wednesday night's nearly 90-minute outage is still under investigation, but preliminary assessments point toward an equipment failure.

C-U's first shareable bikes expected to hit streets at start of UI semester

URBANA — With agreements almost finalized, VeoRide is set to become the first dockless-bike-share service in Champaign-Urbana.

Lily Wilcock, active transportation coordinator at the University of Illinois, said the Indiana-based company gave her serial numbers for 500 bicycles — the biggest fleet size allowed. The goal, she said, is to roll them out around the start of the semester.

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UPDATED: Pesotum firefighter killed in Interstate 74 crash

Update 8:59 p.m. Wednesday:

The victim, Charles McCrone, was a Pesotum fire captain, according to the Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, which responded to the accident.

Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Wednesday focused their investigation into the Genoa highway bridge collapse on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance, as the death toll rose to 39 and Italian politicians looked for someone to blame.

Campus Conversation: Mari Anne Brocker Curry

It's one of the biggest transitions for students (and parents): college move-in day, scheduled this year for Aug. 23 at the University of Illinois.

What should you bring? How do you work out those roommate issues? And what's the best way to get through the day without a meltdown?