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Office Hours with Aldo: Florin and Sanda Dolcos (w/ video)

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: University of Illinois psychology Professors FLORIN and SANDA DOLCOS.

Willard's parking upgrade comes with rate increase

SAVOY — Willard Airport is raising its daily parking rate by $2 as it moves to an automated system that doesn't require a parking-booth attendant.

The new daily rate is $7, up from the $5 it had been for more than a decade.

300 days after she disappeared, UI scholar hasn't been forgotten

URBANA — It's been 300 days since visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang was last seen entering a vehicle at the corner of Goodwin and Clark streets, but the memorial there still occasionally receives fresh flowers.

Citations for Unofficial 2018 down almost half over last year

CHAMPAIGN — The number of citations issued during this year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day went down by almost half from 2017.

Multi-talented autistic UI alum thrives at tickling the ivories

URBANA — Classical pianist/composer/tango dancer Charles Joseph Smith fell in love with soft rock, played Latin and swing music in the 1990s with the Dancing Illini and now has reinterpreted pieces by Chopin and Liszt.

UI student group hosting town hall meeting on gun violence Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois organization is planning a town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss gun violence.

UIUC Students Against Gun Violence will host the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

'Critical conversation' on Chief to feature two prominent guest speakers

CHAMPAIGN — Next week's "critical conversation" about the Chief Illiniwek controversy and Native American imagery will feature a former Chief portrayer and the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

UI seeking help with tick research from outdoor workers

URBANA — If you work outdoors at least a few days a week, you can help University of Illinois researchers learn more about ticks in the state and the diseases they spread.

Anyone signing up for the I-TICK program will be supplied a collection kit, which includes an informational form and a vial in which to place any ticks found on the body to send to the research team.

Rosemary Laughlin/review | 'Barbecue' is funny, clever, thought-provoking


Robert O'Hara's "Barbecue" debuted in 2015 in New York City. It was seen both as a spoof on "Saturday Night Live"-type skits and as a classic on the American family playing with language, race and social class.

The Way We Were: Willard Airport

MARILYN MONROE wowed fans when she passed through in 1955, having accepted an unlikely invitation to attend a celebration in Bement. The University of Illinois Airport, dedicated in 1945, has never seen anyone sexier get out of a plane. However, there have been other celebrities, President GERALD FORD among them.