A stone engraved with Yingying Zhang;s name in both English and Chinese in a memorial garden.

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February 07, 2019

Bloody Handprint Among Evidence In Chinese Scholar’s Case

Prosecutors are building a case, partly on a bloody handprint and the responses of a cadaver-sniffing dog, that former University of Illinois physics student Brendt Christensen killed Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017 at his off-campus apartment.


(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

January 29, 2019

Preparing For Cold Weather; Juvenile Life Sentences; Mosque Bombing Pleas; Antibiotic Overuse

On The 21st: Illinois is facing sub-zero temperatures for the next couple of days. How do administrators decide whether or not to close school? Plus, the Illinois Supreme Court is hearing a case today that asks: how long is too long when it comes to sentencing juvenile offenders? Also, two men from central Illinois pleaded guilty in Minnesota federal court last week for trying to bomb a mosque in August of 2017. And, a new study shows more than 80 percent of the time we’re prescribed antibiotics we don’t actually need it.


Republican political operative Roger Stone has been charged in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.

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January 25, 2019

Trump Confidant Roger Stone Indicted On 7 Counts Related To 2016 Election Attack

Roger Stone, the longtime Republican political operator and confidant of President Trump, has been arrested in Florida after being indicted on seven counts including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.


Mug shot of Joe Morris of Clarence in Ford County, Illinois

Sherburne County (MN) Jail

January 24, 2019

Two Change Pleas To Guilty In Minnesota Mosque Bombing & Attempted Champaign Clinic Bombing

Two members of a self-styled militia group from Ford County pleaded guilty Thursday in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque, admitting that they hoped the attack would scare Muslims into leaving the country. Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris , 23, of Clarence, Illinois, pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts that also included an attempted bombing of a clinic in Champaign that performed abortions. Each faces at least 35 years in prison.


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