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INDIANA: Backyard tents for homeless worry neighbors

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana man is running afoul of his neighbors by letting several homeless people spend the night in tents he's set up in his backyard.

Ebert makes special point of presenting thumb-up to director of 'Synecdoche'

CHAMPAIGN – Calling Charlie Kaufman the most creative screenwriter of his generation, Roger Ebert made the unusual move on Friday night of coming onto the Virginia Theatre stage to introduce him and hand him his "Golden Thumb" award.

Melissa Merli's Ebertfest notebook: sketches, youth, sublime writing and crowds

Most of us know Roger Ebert is a fabulous writer. Some of you might not know he's a visual artist too.

One of his sketches graces the cover of the 12th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival program as well as the festival poster, souvenir mugs and T-shirts.

Business giant says energy tech is future

URBANA – If you're looking for opportunity over the next 25 years, look to energy technology.

That field is poised to succeed information technology as the next big economic driver, said Thomas Siebel, the founder of Siebel Systems.

Ebertfest notebook: Of volcanoes, unbreakable thumbs, heroes and more

Another Ebertfest guest won't be making the trip to Champaign because of the flight-stopping volcanic ash over Europe.

More runners means need for more volunteers for Illinois Marathon

CHAMPAIGN — The second Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon set for next Saturday is proving so popular that organizers need more help, fast, to cover intersections.

Archived chat on Illinois Marathon available

Here is a link to the chat held earlier Friday with Jan Seeley, co-director of the Illinois Marathon. No more questions are being accepted.

Senator who plans university probe: 'I don't really have a hidden agenda'

SPRINGFIELD – The state senator who intends to investigate tuition increases and spending at Illinois public universities said Thursday he has no ulterior motive and is only looking out for taxpayers.

"My colleagues are all ornery about this," said Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago. "They're all saying, 'Why is he doing this?'

Ebert film center at UI halfway there after anonymous donation

URBANA – A Roger Ebert film center here is now halfway to reality.

The University of Illinois College of Media needs about $5 million for a center to honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and local hero. Ebert and his wife Chaz gave the first million; this week the college announced an additional anonymous bequest for $1.5 million.

No 'bunkers' for these far-flung correspondents gathered by Ebert

URBANA – When Roger Ebert's "farflung" correspondent Geraldo Valero of Mexico City was told he would stay in student housing during Ebertfest, he figured he would be sleeping in "student bunkers."