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Trio names new supercomputer after NCSA pioneer

CHAMPAIGN – If you're going to name something after Larry Smarr, why not a supercomputer?

Smarr – best known in Champaign-Urbana as the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – returned to town this week for a ceremony dedicating a supercomputer in his honor.

Minor problems mar school's transition to ''

URBANA – Type in a professor's name on the University of Illinois Web site's "people" search, and the familiar "" e-mail address pops up.

No big change there, but that's the problem. The UI is in the process of switching to a new Web address and domain name, "," one more closely identified with the campus, according to market research.

Car-sharing business gets green light in C-U, Campustown

CHAMPAIGN – City council members gave their enthusiastic backing Tuesday night to creation of a car-sharing program in Champaign-Urbana, despite the fact that it could wind up costing the city thousands of dollars if drivers don't use it.

Meeting in study session, Champaign council members voted 8-0 in favor of directing staff to complete an intergovernmental agreement with Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, all of whom will share equally in the costs, and risks, of the car-sharing program.

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.

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.