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Former Illini coach fired by New Mexico

Former Illini offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was fired by the University of New Mexico Sunday. Locksley had been the Lobos head football coach for the last three years. His teams won twice.

The firing was triggered by the DWI arrest, Saturday night in Las Cruces, of Champaign Centennial grad Joshua Butts. Butts, 19, was driving a car owned by the Locksley family.

Butts has a history with the Champaign County courts system, dating (literally) to the year he was born. In 2010 he was cited for fighting, resisting/obstructing a peace officer (both prosecuted as city ordinance violations) and operating an uninsured vehicle. In 2011 he was convicted for unlawful use of a black-jack.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Reitz says Butts "is on conditional discharge for a class C misdemeanor, less serious than the DUI in New Mexico, so we will let them deal with him."

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Community Forum on new super held tonight at Centennial High

From Unit 4's Website:

Champaign Unit 4 Schools will hold a community forum on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7 PM at Centennial High School regarding the search for a new Superintendent. The community forum will be led by the search firm, School Exec Connect. The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is assisting with the event.

 The public is highly encouraged to attend.

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Three Illini effed

Three Illini athletes will not likely attain All-American status, following their arrests, felony charges and suspensions.

Vanier Joseph, Justin Boone and Shujaa Benson were members of the track & field team until this morning. Now, each faces the prospect of 4 to 15 years in prison, the mandatory sentence for residential burglary.

The three are suspects in a number of dormitory burglaries. Last night, one of their victims woke up to find the three horking bills from his wallet (allegedly).

University Police responded, and reported finding stolen property on Boone (including cash, which is not easily identified as stolen property).

Disturbingly, the University's police spokesman divulged that a "foot chase" took place. This writer is either hopeful re: the fitness of our local constabulary, or depressed re: the track team.

 

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Scoutmaster with connections to WPGU murdered in Indiana

According to The News-Gazette & AP, Arthur Anderson, a Scoutmaster who helped found WPGU, was murdered for seemingly no reason in Bunker Hill, Indianapolis on Sunday.  Here's the lede. Read the rest here.

As a 76-year-old scoutmaster led two young charges on a nature hike, they stopped to identify a tree — a pause authorities say put them in the path of a man who emerged from a nearby home with a 12-inch knife and stabbed the group's leader, leaving him to bleed to death on the trail.

Our condolences to Mr. Anderson's family and loved ones.

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Gill’s congressional campaign mentioned on HuffPo

Dr. David Gill's next run for congress was profiled in "A Campaign for Congress Worthy of Our Attention" by Pearl Korn on Huffington Post:

Here is the campaign I am committed to outside of my own state:

Dr. David Gill, an emergency room doctor and intrepid campaigner, has launched his 2012 campaign for Congress; will his fourth run finally be the charm? In the past he chased an impossible dream by running in a very conservative district, but this is a new day and a new district, with the newly drawn 13th IL offering an evenly divided voter pool that boosts his chances of winning considerably.