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November 30, 2015

UIC Suspect Arrested In University of Chicago Threat

The University of Illinois at Chicago says a student living off campus, 21-year old Jabari R. Dean, is in custody related to a threat at the University of Chicago Monday. It led to the school canceling all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus.  Dean is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.

In this June 13, 2012, photo an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population.
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November 29, 2015

UI Prof Improves Upon Asian Carp Research

U of I Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Professor Cory Suski's latest research involves juvenile Asian carp.  Like the adults, he says high concentrations of carbon dioxide will make the eight-day old fish also feel 'woozy' and swim away.

Illini football coach Bill Cubit walks the sidelines during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign
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November 28, 2015

Illini Football Coach Cubit Signed To 2-Year Extension

The former Illini offensive coordinator, who took over after Tim Beckman's dismissal, will receive $1.2 million a year.  Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said the move "will allow Bill to make decisions regarding the program as the head coach without the interim title, and lead the Fighting Illini into Saturday's game without speculation." 

Fireman statue in West Side Park wearing one of Gretchen's scarves
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November 27, 2015

Scarves For Champaign-Urbana’s Residents - And Statues

Scarves are showing up on statues around Champaign-Urbana with a message to take one if you need it. It’s the work of Gretchen Warner. She wanted to find a way to help people stay warm this winter, so she started crocheting. 

Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago.
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November 25, 2015

Writer Tells How He Broke The Laquan McDonald Story

Chicago writer Jamie Kalven focuses on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago. He heard about an attempted cover-up of the details in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old wielding a knife.  Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot Laquan McDonald, a black youth, 16 times in 14 seconds.

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