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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 19, 2005

Capture the Flag - in Code

Computer hacking brings to mind the thief who tries to take over your system, stealing valuable information or rendering your machine useless. But hackers also help improve computing's best defenses - the security systems that prevent ill-intentioned attacks.

Recently a University of Illinois club known as "SigMIL" placed fourth in a worldwide hacking competition - the goal was to enter other teams' systems while keeping them from attacking yours. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked with Frank Stratton, an undergraduate member of the U of I team.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 09, 2005

Riding on the City of New Orleans

Folksinger Arlo Guthrie is using the fame of his hit recording, "City of New Orleans," as the focal point of a benefit tour to help New Orleans musicians devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The song is based on the Illinois Central train (left, in 1968) that has crossed Illinois for decades. AM 580's Jim Meadows got on Amtrak's version of the train with Arlo Guthrie in Chicago for this report.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 06, 2005

The Steroid Scandal Hits Home

The Champaign chemist who owns Proviant Technologies (left) faces charges in what's known as the BALCO investigation. The case has brought the fight against professional athletes taking performance enhancing drugs to central Illinois. A local physician specializing in sports medicine says it will take the continued pursuit of suspects -- and more severe criminal penalties -- before steroids become less of a problem. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports on the ongoing battle against steroids from a medical perspective.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 05, 2005

Stories from Iraq

AM 580's Jim Meadows reports on three Iraqi-Americans living in Champaign-Urbana (including Mohammad al-Heeti, left), who spoke against the U-S military presence in their home country at recent meetings held by a local anti-war group.

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