People packed the streets for Pride Fest, with this year’s theme being “What the Health? Fighting, Surviving, Thriving" and C-U Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde — dressed as her alter ego, “Ms. Anita Break" — serving as grand marshal.

“Gary (Stamp) was certainly a great tutor to many of us, because he really had a wealth of knowledge,” said fellow veterinarian Dr. John Byrd. “He always seemed to have the right words of encouragement for you if you looked a little down. He’d volunteer the words to really make you feel good."

Questions about the number of traffic tickets written in Champaign County, Illinois athletics Hall of Famer Bob Richards, a new ice cream shop in Champaign, a possible new apartment building in Campustown, who Pond Street is named for, HD radio, Allegiant airplanes at Willard Airport and wildflowers in Thomasboro.

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Julie Pryde, who'll be honored Thursday with the Girl Scouts' 2021 Woman of Distinction Award, tells us about a few of her favorite things, including her collection of rainbow masks. "I ordered 10 at the start of the pandemic. They were being sold as a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth programs."

Yianni Laros realized his video of a cat surviving a scary fall from the upper deck of Hard Rock Stadium had gone viral even before Saturday’s game in Miami had ended.

My business role models are ... 'the former owners of the salon I purchased. Many business practices I agreed with, so I adopted them. They never left my side after purchase. Now it has been three years and I rarely need to call them for day-to-day operations but I know if I ever need them, they will be there.'

Champaign’s Lyla Nofftz preferred to keep her 95th birthday on the downlow, despite pleas from the local newspaper to tell of her lifetime of good deeds.

The Gibson City native, whose body had been buried in Europe for nearly three-quarters of a century after he fell during World War II fighting between U.S. and German forces in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, now rests beside his family.

Eryn Taylor, a sixth-grader at Franklin STEAM Academy in Champaign, served as The News-Gazette's Junior Reporter at Saturday's game against Texas San Antonio.