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Illini linebacker Wilson hospitalized

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore linebacker Martez Wilson was the victim of a stabbing early Friday, The News-Gazette has learned.

Wilson, 19, was in stable condition at Carle Foundation Hospital on Friday, according to Kent Brown, University of Illinois sports information director.

Brown declined to say what caused the injury or what kind of injury it was.

UI chemists carry on holiday tradition

URBANA – Five University of Illinois chemists ushered in the holiday season with a big explosion and a "kaboom" – after all, what's December without a fire sizzling?

They turned fire red and green, lit what looked like snowballs and snowmen on fire (and juggled them) and expanded and deflated marshmallows designed to look like Santa. They completed the tricks using chemistry at the department's Holiday Magic show at Noyes Lab in Urbana on Wednesday night.

UI police seek info on vandalism to golf carts at football facility

CHAMPAIGN – Campus police are investigating an estimated $15,000 damage to three golf carts at the University of Illinois football facility.

Lt. Roy Acree said the UI police would "greatly appreciate any help from the public who may know something about this." Anyone with information is urged to call the police department at 333-1216 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

Military families can link to loved ones in Iraq

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign University of Illinois Extension Center will host free "See Your Soldier" video conferences involving area families and their soldiers stationed in Iraq on Jan. 12 and 13.

Families must register online at http://www.seeyour no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 23 to be eligible for a time slot, and reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Judge accepts settlement in '05 bus death

URBANA – A Champaign County judge Friday approved a $1.25 million settlement in the case of a University of Illinois student hit and killed by a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus three years ago.

The parents and sister of Sarah Channick will get equal shares of $942,772. The rest – $307,228 – goes to their Chicago attorney for his fees and expenses in bringing the wrongful death suit against the MTD about two months after her death.

Family, MTD settle suit over student's death for $1.25 million

URBANA – The family of a University of Illinois student killed when she was struck by a bus on campus more than three years ago will collect $1.25 million in settlement of a wrongful death suit.


Arthur selected as one of 9 hosts for 2009 Illinois Dairy Days

ARTHUR – A state program highlighting Illinois' dairy industry is coming to Arthur.

Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist, announced Wednesday that Arthur has been selected as one of nine communities that will host 2009's Illinois Dairy Days.

Japan House Holiday Sale on Thursday to feature gift ideas

URBANA – The Japan House Holiday Sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 11 and 18.

Tours of the cultural and teaching facility will be available and gifts and artwork will be offered for purchase, including a commemorative Japan House 10th anniversary wool blanket woven by Pendleton Mills and designed by artist Laurie Jacobi, original artwork, books and calendars by Japanese artist Zenkyu Niwa, Japan House tea, and Japan House 10th anniversary commemorative book and note cards.

Holiday comedy closes Charleston Alley Theatre's 18th season

CHARLESTON – The Charleston Alley Theatre will close its 18th season with Christopher Durang's holiday comedy "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge." The play opens Friday.

"Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge" is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Dickens Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovering the true meaning of Christmas through the visitation of Three Ghosts.

Area police respond to dozens of accidents

Slick roads, streets, highways and interstates kept state and city police, sheriff's deputies and tow-truck crews busy all day Monday and into the night, responding to accidents and pulling vehicles out of ditches throughout East Central Illinois, according to area law enforcement officials.

From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Illinois State Police in Pesotum handled more than 45 accidents on the three local interstates, but the majority were on Interstates 57 and 74, according to Master Sgt. Mike Garza.