Students protest University of Illinois investments related to fossil fuels

  Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign staged a climate strike Sept. 23 to demand the institution divest from companies that profit from fossil fuel production.  The campus group Students for Environmental Concerns led more than 100 students around the U of I campus, chanting phrases like, “We will not rest until we divest.”  […]

A church in Urbana-Champaign reverses on promises to address abuse allegations

Former members say Covenant Fellowship Church has reneged on its vows to investigate allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse. URBANA — For Janet Park, the events of last year feel like a waste of time and energy. Park is part of a group that last year brought to light allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse […]

Move over, Bruce Willis: NASA crashed into an asteroid to test planetary defense

WASHINGTON — Nuclear bombs. That’s the go-to answer for incoming space objects like asteroids and comets, as far as Hollywood is concerned. Movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon rely on nukes, delivered by stars like Bruce Willis, to save the world and deliver the drama. But planetary defense experts say in reality, if astronomers spotted […]

Hurricane Ian strengthens to a Category 3 storm as it takes aim at Florida

WASHINGTON — Hurricane Ian is projected to bring a perilous storm surge and winds as strong as 140 mph when it nears Florida’s Gulf Coast in the middle of this week, the National Hurricane Center said on Monday. Ian strengthened into a major Category 3 storm as of 5 a.m. ET Tuesday, recording maximum sustained […]