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Lion dies at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

CHICAGO (AP) — The 18-year-old male lion at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has died. read more

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Presenters sought for next PechaKucha Night C-U on April 7

CHAMPAIGN — Presenters are being sought for the next PechaKucha Night C-U, which will take place on April 7 at the Krannert Art Museum. PechaKucha presenters represent a wide range of fields and...

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For Mardi Gras float makers, next year is here

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Carnival builds toward its out-of-control crescendo of Fat Tuesday, Barry Kern and his team of float-builders and artists are already preparing for next year's parades. read more

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WILL hosts Inge, Quinn, producer retiring

URBANA — Two longtime hosts on WILL-AM and a producer at the radio station are retiring. David Inge, longtime host of the morning talk show "Focus," announced his plans to retire from the University of...

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Paxton to hold community sale Saturday

PAXTON — By the end of this week, Brad Strebeck might just become an honorary meteorologist. The lead organizer of Paxton's Community Sale has been constantly checking the weather forecast for the...

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'Hunger Games' fever makes archery cool for kids

NEW YORK (AP) — In schools and backyards, for their birthdays and out with their dads, kids are gaga for archery four weeks into the box office run of "The Hunger Games" and less than 100 days before...

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Savoy to vote on permit for brewing company

By JULIA LEATHERWOOD/For the County Star SAVOY — The village board is scheduled next week to vote on a special-use permit for a "nanobrewery." Before the Wednesday meeting, the board will hold a public...

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Lamon House opens Sunday

DANVILLE — The historic Lamon House in Danville's Lincoln Park will open for the season on Sunday. Visitors can visit the house between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays through the end of October. They...

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Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday. The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3,...

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Urbana woman delights in creating children's games; 2 win national acclaim

URBANA — It's not all fun and games for Gina Manola — even though they make up a large part of her work. The Urbana woman has developed six children's games — three already on the market and three more...

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Volition parent reports loss despite downsizing

CHAMPAIGN — Volition's parent company, THQ Inc., reduced the number of its video-game development studios from 11 to five and eliminated 370 jobs in a restructuring earlier this year, the company said...

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Shedd: Free admission week for Illinois residents

  CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago's top tourist attractions is offering a free week for Illinois residents. read more

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Reminder: Please share your favorite memory of the Assembly Hall

The University of Illinois Assembly Hall will turn 50 years old in March. In honor of that milestone, The News-Gazette will publish a book about the arena, by Fred Kroner. You’ll find dozens of photos...

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Woodworking school to open in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A new woodworking school will open in Champaign this month, and several celebrity woodworkers will be on hand to help launch it. The CU Woodshop School of Woodworking will operate from the...

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'Mid-American Gardener' host well-known for teaching - and love of plants and...

ST. JOSEPH — The logistics might make it impossible, but WILL-TV ought to film its weekly program "Mid-American Gardener" at host Dianne Noland's home and garden. She and her husband and son, Drew,...

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High-wire artist will keep his feet on the ground at Krannert

In 1974, Philippe Petit astonished the world by dancing across a cable stretched between the tops of the World Trade Center twin towers. The then 24-year-old French street performer spent a dazzling,...

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Bob Swisher: Take a drive to Saybrook, Monticello

Saybrook, population 725, is the home of an antique shop called Havenly Bliss, notice not heavenly. Haven like in home. Paula Hany, a Webber Grade School alumna, owns it. That is where all four of my...

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Annual stamp show to feature top Midwestern dealers

The Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club will welcome members of the American First Day Cover Society at its 39th annual show and exhibition next weekend at the Urbana Civic Center. An AFDCS society meeting is...

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Gallery opening, along with photo exhibit, set at Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — The first of several Krannert Art Museum galleries to be updated, the African Art Gallery will reopen Thursday evening with the new exhibition "Encounters: The Arts of Africa." read more

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Illinois Ancestors: Farm-related newspapers remain relevant today

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