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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Burgess Designation For Champaign Post Office Heads To President

By Jeff Bossert

James Burgess

A postal facility in the University of Illinois’ Campustown neighborhood is one stroke of the pen away from becoming “The James R. Burgess Post Office Building.”

Categories: Government, History






NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 06, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans

By Eleanor Beardsley

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(Duration: 4:32)

Lucien (left) and Germaine Rigault lean out of their home in La Cambe, a tiny village in Normandy a short distance from Omaha Beach. The couple, in their 80s, were in La Cambe during the Allied landing on June 6, 1944, and live there still. "We

Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.

Categories: Education, History

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 05, 2014 ~ Comment (1)

Last Living World Series Cub Returns To Wrigley Field

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 5:05)

Lennie Merullo and his son, Len ‘Boots’ Merullo at Wrigley Field.

Barring an unlikely turnaround this season, the Chicago Cubs are mired in another long year. But this weekend, the Cubs and their fans will be reminded of a time their team was at the top, getting a visit from their oldest living former player.

Categories: History, Sports


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 04, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Tiananmen Square Diary

Ron Yates is Professor Emeritus and the former Dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. He was reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989 as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

By Ron Yates

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(Duration: 3:51)

A young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 3, 1989. Pro-democracy protesters had been occupying Tiananmen Square for weeks.

China was the world’s biggest story in the summer of 1989 when several hundred thousand students, labor leaders and other dissidents occupied the 5 million square foot concrete piazza known as Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. 


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