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Top of the Morning, Aug. 5, 2014

Lou Liay, for 15 years the executive director of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, was quick to weigh in on the passing of James Brady. A 1962 graduate of the UI, Brady was a guest of Liay's during homecoming in 1984 and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1991.

"He was from Centralia, a huge Cub fan.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 4, 2014: From the Archives

Since 1998 — except that year the grass was dead — the Fighting Illini have made Rantoul the center of the universe for a hot couple of weeks in August.

Camp Rantoul is getting ready to open again as the summer home of the football team.

Founder: Sony Biotechnology had 'fantastic employees' here

CHAMPAIGN — Sony's stay in Champaign lasted not much longer than a single presidential term.

Sony acquired Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology in 2010 and two years later changed the name to Sony Biotechnology.

Hendrick House hopes food on the roof plants a seed

URBANA — The smooth, dark purple eggplants are ready to be picked and made into eggplant parmesan or baba ghanoush. Bunches of basil have been clipped for pesto, and Janet Knesek is thinking the salsa and jalapeno peppers would be good stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. She's got Sam Cooke turned up on the radio singing "Chain Gang."

UI plans to open office in India

URBANA — The University of Illinois plans to open an office in India, possibly by the end of the year or the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The university submitted its application for office space with Indian officials last week and, if approved, will begin the search for a small office in New Delhi.

UI Ice Arena closure forces team to prepare elsewhere

The temporary closure of the University of Illinois Ice Arena will likely have a big impact on one local sports team.

The university's campus recreation department announced last week that mechanical issues have caused the rink to shut down, likely until mid-September.

UI grad takes tech to parking

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois alum Bob Youakim settled into investment banking after graduate school, but left it a few years ago to pursue a career in parking.

Not as a parking valet, but as managing partner of a venture that helps cities and other entities manage parking better through technology.

Outside's his comfort zone

University of Illinois theater Professor Daniel Sullivan knows a lot about the myriad technical problems of outdoor theater.

After all, he's now directing his eighth Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park play — "King Lear" — at the open-air Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.

UI Extension surveys farmers markets prices

A roundup of agriculture news, compiled by The News-Gazette's Don Dodson

URBANA — Illinois produce farmers can get a better handle on what the market is bearing, with University of Illinois Extension staff collecting data on what's charged at farmers' markets.

New manager solidifies agreement between WILL, WTVP

Ties between WILL public media and a partner TV station in Peoria just got a bit stronger with the hiring of a new executive to oversee both companies.