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Comcast to begin carrying Big Ten Network on Aug. 15

URBANA – Comcast cable subscribers who are fans of Big Ten sports can soon get their kicks on Channel 66.

Beginning Friday, Comcast will carry the Big Ten Network as part of its expanded basic lineup, with the network airing on Channel 66, said Melody Brucker, Comcast's Champaign-Urbana District director.

UI Alumni Association opens door for all students, alums

URBANA – The University of Illinois Alumni Association is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Every UI student, past or present, is now automatically a member, no dues required.

Suspicious letter at UI turns out to be harmless

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois police acting deputy chief Skip Frost said word of a suspicious letter at a campus administration office put him on alert Tuesday, but it turned out to be as harmless as it was odd.

A call to UI police came from the Office of Business and Financial Services, 801 S. Wright St., C, at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday, he said. "It came as a suspicious letter," said Frost, a long-time member of the UI-Champaign Police Ordnance Disposal team, commonly known as a "bomb squad."

It's Your Business: Discount Gas plans to expand, remodel

Discount Gas, 102 S. Mattis Ave., C, is planning to start a remodeling project toward the end of this month.

The Chicago-based owner, Salim Patel, said his plans include removing the old repair service bays and expanding the convenience store. A new liquor license courtesy of the city will allow him to begin package sales.

UI advisers helping African entrepreneurs test natural products

URBANA – For generations, African elders have taken careful note of plants that seemed to have health benefits.

Now, with the help of advisers from the University of Illinois and Rutgers, African entrepreneurs hope to bring those beneficial properties to the global marketplace – perhaps including them in pharmaceuticals or nutritional supplements.

Prosecutor: Smith told police he drank three beers

URBANA – University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith told police he drank three beers when he was arrested last weekend, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday. But Smith's lawyer denied the accusation on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Champaign County state's attorney's office filed a petition to revoke Smith's probation and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Police: Player smelled of alcohol, refused to stay away

CHAMPAIGN – Jamar Smith had an odor of alcohol and refused to stay away from a scene outside a campus bar Friday, according to Champaign police, in the incident that led to the move to revoke his probation.

Officers were sent to the 300 block of East Green Street in Champaign about 2:30 a.m. Friday to investigate a report of criminal damage to a local business, according to police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

Judge will rule on if Smith's alleged drinking violated probation

URBANA – If Jamar Smith's probation is revoked, it doesn't mean he'll be going to jail.

Smith, a 21-year-old University of Illinois basketball player from Peoria, was due to appear in court Wednesday. He turned himself in to the Champaign County jail Tuesday afternoon on a warrant for his arrest, stemming from a petition to revoke his probation. Smith was released after posting bail on $25,000 bond.

Smith is accused of violating his probation by drinking alcohol on Friday.

Jamar Smith turns himself in on warrant; revocation of probation sought

URBANA – Prosecutors Tuesday moved to revoke the probation of University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz told The News-Gazette the petition filed Tuesday alleges that Smith violated his probation by drinking alcohol over the weekend. A warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday morning, and bond was set at $25,000.

No decision yet on Tuscola golf cart ordinance

TUSCOLA – A proposed ordinance to allow golf carts on Tuscola streets stalled Monday night, with city council members agreeing that state law allowed too much room for liability.

The Illinois vehicle code states that golf carts cannot be operated on any street or highway unless a city, township or county authorizes their use on certain roadways. This means that any ordinance allowing golf carts in Tuscola would have to designate specific streets on which they could be operated.