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UI horse dies from West Nile Virus

CHAMPAIGN – In 2002, when crows everywhere died of West Nile Virus, horse owners learned a hard lesson – horses are very susceptible to the disease.

No University of Illinois horses died that year, but vaccination for West Nile became routine. So animal scientists were stunned in September when a new filly who recently had her booster went down in a field.

Popular UI apple lab may be last for some years

URBANA – Put slices of 30 different types of apple on tables in the Mumford Hall lobby, send in 200 University of Illinois students and what happens? They taste them, they rank them, they get credit for one quiz and they have a lot of fun.

Wednesday, horticulture specialist Bob Skirvin conducted his popular annual apple lab, asking for students to compare varieties and pick their favorites. This year, the event was a bit nostalgic for regular participants because it may be the last one.

Group opposes chemical dumping in Clinton landfill

CLINTON – A group of DeWitt County citizens is opposing a change in the operation of the solid waste landfill in Clinton that they could fear could lead to PCB contaminants getting into the Mahomet Aquifer that flows beneath the site.

The group is known as WATCH (We're Against Toxic Chemicals) and is headed by Matt Varble of Clinton. He said what started out as "fairly strong" opposition has grown to "almost universal and unanimous" feelings against turning part of the landfill into a disposal site for chemical waste.

Illini fans scramble for seats to watch team on satellite TV

Sitting in a sea of orange and blue shirts at a sports bar in Savoy, Jennifer Downs was part of a crowd cheering Illinois to victory over Penn State.

Downs, a Champaign resident, was one of many who flocked to local bars to see the game. Comcast doesn't air the Big Ten Network, so many bars got DirecTV or DISH Network.

UI's new initiative gets first billing

URBANA – University of Illinois faculty members convened for the annual faculty meeting Monday, at which they could hear from administrators and raise any issues or questions on their minds.

One of the first topics brought up by faculty members was the new Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund, an initiative started by donors and alumni to support teaching and curriculum development, research, lectures, scholarships and more. The academy fund launches on campus later this week with a forum featuring Robert Novak and Steve Forbes.

C-U baseball franchise in works

CHAMPAIGN – Since its opening in 1988, Illinois Field typically has sat empty during much of the summer.

That would change if a group intent on bringing minor league baseball to Champaign-Urbana reaches final agreement with the University of Illinois on use of its baseball facility.

New facility planned for UI's $200 million supercomputer

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois plans to build a new facility to house the planned $200 million supercomputer on campus.

In August, the National Science Foundation board recommended the petascale computer system, capable of 1,000 trillion calculations per second, be built at the UI, under the direction of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The system, to launch in 2011, would be 500 times more powerful than the supercomputers currently being used.

UI's annual faculty meeting set for Monday

URBANA – University of Illinois faculty are invited to attend the annual faculty meeting on Monday afternoon.

The event will begin at 3:10 p.m. on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

Howard to be hired by UI basketball

CHAMPAIGN – Jerrance Howard's career has been on the fast track since he finished his playing career at Illinois.

The path has led him back to his alma mater.

UI visitors use production to tackle race issues

CHAMPAIGN – When director Rene Moreno first heard the writers and performers of "N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK" talking about their show on his car radio, he sat in his driveway and stayed there.

"I had to finish listening to them," said the visiting director from Dallas. Moreno was struck by the cast members' stories and how "they were talking about my life ... how race provides some opportunities, but also stops you at the door."