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UI researcher shares her insights into the life and death of her daughter, best-selling author Iris Chang

URBANA — Urbana author Iris Chang's life burned brightly, with enormous success for her book "The Rape of Nanking," a happy marriage, a beloved baby. She was a natural beauty who succeeded at everything she tried.

Her life also had its lows.

Firefighters rescue UI worker from lift truck

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue a University of Illinois employee from a malfunctioning lift Tuesday.

Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said about 11:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the Psychology Building, 603 E. Daniel St., where Eric Quinley, a brick mason for the UI, was stranded about 40 feet in the air.

Consultant: Willard might be better off without UI

SAVOY — Willard Airport may have a better shot at success if it's governed by something other than the University of Illinois, an airport consultant says.

Possible alternatives include creating an airport authority or making the airport a department of city or county government, said Jack Penning of the Sixel Consulting Group.

Consultant to outline options on Willard Airport

CHAMPAIGN — A consultant is expected to outline six options for the future governance of Willard Airport in Savoy at the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.'s annual meeting Tuesday (Oct. 18).

New chancellor took her own path

URBANA — Phyllis Wise's father was a physician and her mother a nurse; both were professors at Ivy League universities.

No pressure here.

The parents didn't have to tell their daughter, the future chancellor, that they wanted her to earn an M.D. after her name.

LED inventor Holonyak joining hall of fame

URBANA — A University of Illinois inventor will join Thomas Edison, Enrico Fermi and the Wright Brothers in a very exclusive club.

Nick Holonyak Jr., who invented the LED, will join the scientists and inventors inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame on Nov. 3.

Getting Personal: Paul Hergenrother

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Meg Dickinson chats with Champaign resident Paul J. Hergenrother. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Oct.

25th annual Food for Families kicks off Saturday at Memorial Stadium

The Food for Families Drive brings in tons of food and more than $100,000 annually for the hungry, but the first attempt at a Champaign-Urbana food drive didn't go so well.

Computer project uses media coverage to see political patterns

Kalev Leetaru wants to forecast political crises, like a meteorologist does the weather.

The assistant director of text and digital media analytics at the University of Illinois Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Leetaru said his supercomputer project can't predict uprisings and downfalls.

Ex-Illini lineman, Urbana teacher/coach Gremer dies at 75

URBANA — John Gremer, a former Illinois lineman and Urbana High teacher and coach, died Wednesday. He was 75.