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A Life Remembered: Dan Perrino stood for harmony

URBANA — Friends and fellow musicians remembered Dan Perrino as a man devoted to developing musical talent and a person who reached out to build goodwill in the community.

Mr. Perrino, 91, a longtime UI music professor, saxophonist and the founder of Medicare 7, 8 or 9 Dixieland jazz ensemble, died Friday morning in Urbana.

UI replaces Business Instructional Facility's 4-year-old floor

Private donations used to switch out wood that buckled after moisture caused expansion

CHAMPAIGN — One of the newest and "greenest" buildings on the University of Illinois campus is already getting a replacement floor, at a cost of more than $300,000.

UI ag economist: Soybean, corn prices may stay high

URBANA — Corn and soybean prices could remain high for "an extended period," a University of Illinois agricultural economist said following the Agriculture Department's release of new crop estimates.

The department on Friday cut its estimate of the U.S. corn crop by 17 percent and the U.S. soybean crop by 12 percent.

Workshop on dyslexia scheduled

URBANA — A free workshop about looking at dyslexia from different perspectives is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28, at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 200 W. Green St., U.

Topper Steinman, a local counselor and educator, will moderate the workshop.

Documents show impression Holmes made at UI

URBANA — Described as a candidate with "outstanding" personal and professional qualities, James Holmes was accepted into the University of Illinois Neuroscience Program in 2011 and was offered financial support through a combination of fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and tuition and fee waivers, The News-Gazette has learned.

Vigil held for students killed in Wisconsin, mosque burning in Missouri

URBANA — Simran Singh, a University of Illinois student who belongs to the Sikh faith, said he became scared when he first heard of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

"My parents called me in the middle of the night from India and asked if I was OK," he said. "I was scared when I turned on the news."

Woman attacked, car stolen in UI parking garage

URBANA — University of Illinois police are looking for a man who attacked a UI employee in a parking garage on campus and stole her car Thursday morning.

Sgt. Tom Geis said about 7:10 a.m. a woman was walking down a side ramp in parking deck B-4, the large garage at 1201 W. University Ave. between Goodwin Avenue and Mathews Street, when she was grabbed from behind.

Students use writing camp to hone craft

URBANA — The weeks of summer are dwindling, but 13 local students are so passionate about writing that they're spending the week in a classroom, learning more about their craft.

They're attending a writing camp put on by the University of Illinois Writing Project, where they are expanding their knowledge about genres, how to be inspired and how to share their work.

Alternate Mater: How a statue's pose was recreated

You may have seen a photo making the rounds, of a group of people recreating the pose of the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus, after the statue was removed on Tuesday from its pedestal for renovation that will take the next several months.

Former EIU official fined for state ethics violations

A former Eastern Illinois University testing center director has been fined for ethics violations stemming from a state investigation into the hiring of her husband to administer tests to students.