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Bond set at $10 million for murder suspect

URBANA - Authorities believe a woman slain in her Urbana apartment Friday morning feared the man accused of killing her.

Champaign County Judge Michael Jones set bond Saturday at $10 million for Yongfei Ci, 29, a University of Illinois Ph.D. student from China being held on a preliminary charge of murder for the fatal stabbing of Mengchen Huang, 25, a foreign national from China.

Davis: 'No instantaneous solutions'

CHAMPAIGN — Patience and passion.

Longtime civil rights activist Angela Davis urged a crowd of young and old visitors to her talk on Friday that if they want to create a world without racism, sexism or homophobia, there are no short-term solutions and people must teach themselves to think "beyond the moment, beyond the decade, beyond the century."

Student helps bring head of state from her native land to visit UI

CHAMPAIGN — Medina Spiodic was just 7 when her family left war-torn Bosnia for a new life in Chicago.

UI gets federal money for rail research

The University of Illinois is getting a financial boost to study rail transportation and engineering.

The school's National University Rail Center will receive $1.4 million from the Department of Transportation.

Online information about Hopkins

University of Illinois engineering graduate and former Illini defensive back Mike Hopkins will spend six months aboard the International Space Station.

Here are links to more information about his mission, including his exercise training program:

Hopkins' Twitter feed:

Hopkins won't quit exercising just because he's in orbit

The public can follow Mike Hopkins’ mission preparations and exercise regimen in space through NASA’s “Train Like an Astronaut” program.
Hopkins has shared his workouts and fitness demonstrations through NASA videos and social media and will continue to do so throughout his time on

UI grad realizes dream of flight into space

URBANA — Mike Hopkins had been preparing for this moment since high school, when he first set his sights on becoming an astronaut.

At 3:58 p.m. Central time Wednesday, the University of Illinois engineering graduate and former Illini defensive back realized his dream, blasting into space aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy.

Ex-band director arraigned on theft charges

URBANA — The former University of Illinois director of bands, accused of stealing instruments from the UI, has been ordered to be back in court Nov. 12.

Robert Rumbelow, 48, formerly of Champaign and now living in Texas, made a brief appearance in county court in Urbana Tuesday afternoon, where he was arraigned on two counts of theft over $10,000.

Author to deliver keynote at symposium

CHAMPAIGN — Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture Thursday at "Writing Another Future," a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities at the University of Illinois.

In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will feature several concerts.

Angela Davis to give lecture on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — Political activist, educator and author Angela Davis will be on the University of Illinois campus Friday to deliver a lecture called, "Abolishing the Prison-Industrial Complex."

Davis holds the title of distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz.