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UI urges vigilance following Halloween threat

CHAMPAIGN – Campus police are reminding people who plan to be on Green Street on Halloween to be careful, but not to panic, in the wake of a shooting threat discovered earlier this month.

A note was found on Oct. 5 in a bathroom at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library in which the author threatened to shoot someone on Green Street on Halloween night.

Former Washington Post editor earns UI journalism award

URBANA – Benjamin Bradlee, the Washington Post editor who helped break the Watergate scandal and topple the Nixon presidency, has won a lifetime-achievement award from the University of Illinois.

Bradlee, executive editor of the Post for more than two decades, received the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism at a reception Friday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Rantoul woman earns agency's Employee of the Year honor

Georgia Womble's boss says she is the type of person you would want by your side in troubled times.

"She's just very compassionate and a very gentle person," said Rosalie Adkins, area administrator for Community Care Systems, where Womble works as a caregiver for elderly clients.

Womble was recently recognized as an Employee of the Year by the Illinois Department on Aging. There were nine statewide recipients of the award honoring older workers who continue to play a very important role in the workforce.

UI study-abroad students learning to reduce carbon footprint

PHILO – The Vienna Woods it isn't, but Jim Evans' walnut grove gave participants in the Austria Illinois Exchange Program a lesson in conservation.

Seven students and two University of Illinois faculty members pedaled bikes from campus to the Evans' home near Philo on Sunday to get ideas of how to make Champaign-Urbana a greener place.

Voters to decide method for choosing Oakland fire board

OAKLAND – Voters in the Oakland Fire Protection District in northern Coles County will decide on Nov. 4 whether they want their fire department board members appointed or elected.

Brian Bower, an attorney for the district, said that the three fire department trustees have been appointed by the Coles County Board for many years.

Champaign County sales tax: New approach to school funding

Randy Johnson doesn't live in Champaign County – he's in Vermilion – but he's hoping the proposed 1 percent sales tax for Champaign County school facilities passes Nov. 4.

He does most of his shopping in Champaign, so he knows he'll pay more at the cash register, but Johnson – the representative for Carpenters Local No. 44 in Champaign – thinks the new tax will help boost the economy by generating local jobs in the trades and help local education.

"I know people are going to look at it as 'Oh, here we go, another tax,'" he said. "If this is a good way to help education with our kids, then it's a plus for all of us."

UI Varsity Men's Glee Club tuning up for year's big show

It's Tuesday evening, and that means the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club is singing in one of the lower-level rehearsal rooms at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This night, their session lasts a little longer, as the young men prepare for their biggest concert of the year.

That would be the Dads Day event on Saturday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. It draws not only fathers and sons but also alumni of the Glee Club, the oldest choral ensemble on campus.

Friends, family hold birthday fete for LED inventor

CHAMPAIGN – A shadow box of achievements, a $300,000 graduate student award and a cake with LED candles capped a day-long symposium Friday that celebrated Nick Holonyak's birthday.

Dozens of friends, family and colleagues came to honor the life of Holonyak, inventor of the first practical light-emitting diode in the visible spectrum, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors.

UI announces police chief selection

URBANA – Barbara O'Connor has spent most of her life in her home state of Massachusetts but said she's ready for a change of scenery – in the Midwest.

O'Connor, 47, director of public safety at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst since 2001, was announced Wednesday as the new University of Illinois police chief, pending approval by UI trustees in November. If approved, she will begin her duties Jan. 1 and earn $160,000 annually.

Experts: It will take sacrifices to fight global warming

URBANA – Americans can fight global warming and its causes, but they'll have to make some sacrifices to do so.

That was the gist of the message three experts delivered during a Wednesday discussion about global warming and the public policy necessary to fight it. The conversation took place at the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, the sixth annual Craig S. Bazzani Lecture in Public Affairs. After experts gave 10-minute talks on their primary findings concerning global warming and the policies needed to regulate it, Moderator John Foreman and audience members questioned them about the subject. Foreman is the editor and publisher of The News-Gazette, Inc.