The 21-year-old woman in the restraint case told Champaign police that about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 7, she was driving her car for Lyft when a man she identified as Jackson approached her at a gas station on North Prospect Avenue and said he would fill her tank with gas in exchange for a ride.

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An all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii. And every movie you’d ever want to see. For Edward “Bud” Hooser, 82, that was much of his experience in the Marines.

When we invited scores of area high school fall sports athletes to our studios on Aug. 18, I’m not sure they were ready for what we had planned.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the University of Illinois geologist who is part of a team that has developed new computer models to help researchers better forecast volcanic eruptions.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with Mark Wertz, 36, of St. Joseph, owner of Wertz Chiropractic Clinic, who's an outdoorsman, a family guy and a Christian.

In this week's edition: The grown-up edition of the Vermilion County Conservation District’s Outdoor School; bobcat hunting permits; and deer archery permits.

Today in Birdland it’s sunny and cool. Clouds bounce in a blue sky, and black-eyed Susans nod with the breezes that blow through the yard. The beans have set on, and the wind ripples the lovely green fields. All this belies the urgency our planet is under.

On the chance you don’t already know it, back in July, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, and that’s cause for celebration. The act is designed to protect the public interest in clean water by placing more stringent rules on coal ash disposal sites.

With debate No. 3 in the books and the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls about to dwindle, we convened a panel of political junkies from both sides of the aisle and asked: What campaign advice would you give the candidates if asked?

If past was prologue, a group of ambitious Republicans in the 15th District would have been lining up to announce their candidacies for a relatively rare open U.S. House seat. But a funny thing has happened — virtually nothing.

Three recently opened businesses will intravenously provide hydrating fluids to clients — sometimes with medications, vitamins and/or nutritional supplements added — and vitamin shots without fluids. And if you want a breath of fresh air, they've got oxygen to enjoy too.

That so many schools put on so many events to raise so much money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a wonderful thing. Especially to the organizations that benefit from the generosity, like Carle’s Mills Breast Cancer Institute.

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

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