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BrewLab offers chance to ‘espresso yo’ self’

BrewLab offers chance to ‘espresso yo’ self’

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
July 20, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

Fans of espresso, craft soda and modern decor can come together at BrewLab, a recently opened specialty coffee shop. Located at 630 S Fifth St in Champaign, BrewLab is currently operating on weekdays under soft opening hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with plans to open at 7 a.m. beginning in the fall...

Illinois Athletics to host free movie night at Memorial Stadium

Illinois Athletics to host free movie night at Memorial Stadium

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
July 19, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Illinois Athletics is hosting a free screening of the Disney film Moana and an autograph signing at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, July 30. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the Fighting Illini Football team will be signing autographs at 5:15 p.m. The film starts an hour later at 6:15 p.m. Participants...

PygHack added to Pygmalion Festival

PygHack added to Pygmalion Festival

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
July 18, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

This year’s Pygmalion Festival will include PygHack, a free hackathon that is open to professionals and students alike. PygHack will be taking place at EnterpriseWorks, located in Research Park.  “PygHack is our inaugural hackathon that we've dreamed up this year to implement into the TECH p...

SMOKED joins ranks of local food trucks

SMOKED joins ranks of local food trucks

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
July 17, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

A new food truck recently joined the C-U food scene. It’s called SMOKED and will be serving an assortment of sandwiches and tacos. Adam Shallenberger, owner, was raised in the Champaign-Urbana area. He has been a part of this community’s food scene for over half of his career as a chef, making...

Christensen indicted by grand jury for kidnapping

Christensen indicted by grand jury for kidnapping

Daily Illini Staff Report
July 12, 2017
Filed under Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

A federal grand jury has indicted Brendt Christensen for the kidnapping of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, who went missing from campus June 9. On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney's office charged Christensen. The indictment stated he "willfully and unlawfully seized, confined, inveigled, ...

University alumni launch ‘smart oven’

University alumni launch ‘smart oven’

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
July 11, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase

A team of 13 people, including five University graduates, have created a smart oven that makes it possible to balance convenience, health and taste perfectly in every meal. The Tovala Smart Oven, which launched on Tuesday for $369 on the company’s website, can cook Tovala’s pre-prepared meal...

Alleged kidnapper denied bail; once described his ‘ideal victim’

Alleged kidnapper denied bail; once described his ‘ideal victim’

Samantha Jones Toal and Wren Wheeling
July 5, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Brendt Christensen, the man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, was denied bail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long during a hearing on July 5. After prosecutor Bryan Freres laid out evidence, Long denied Christensen bail, stating he is a flight risk and a potential threat to the community. While ...

Missing scholar’s alleged kidnapper has first court appearance

Missing scholar’s alleged kidnapper has first court appearance

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
July 3, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old former Physics student accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, will be held without bond at least until his next court date on July 15. U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long ordered the decision in a hearing that lasted nine minutes, as a large crowd gathered outside wit...

Community walks in support of missing scholar

Community walks in support of missing scholar

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 29, 2017
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

It’s been nearly three weeks since Yingying Zhang went missing from campus. Her last known whereabouts were revealed through surveillance footage, which showed her getting into a Saturn Astra. The vehicle was located by the FBI on Tuesday, but Zhang’s still missing and Brad Ware, FBI spokesman,...

FBI finds vehicle involved in missing scholar abduction

FBI finds vehicle involved in missing scholar abduction

Jacob Singleton and Samantha Jones Toal
June 27, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

The FBI has found the black Saturn Astra that was involved in Yingying Zhang's abduction, according to an FBI press release. However, the visiting scholar is still missing. Brad Ware, FBI spokesman, could not comment on where the car was found and could not comment further on the case. "We have...

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 23, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, State

The University of Illinois Police Department confirmed today that the FBI has made the disappearance of Yingying Zhang a national priority, according to a release. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jon Holloway said he has access to the full resources of the FBI. More agents are working o...

Sounds at Sunset continues in Champaign

Sounds at Sunset continues in Champaign

Wren Wheeling, Contributing Writer
June 14, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

The Champaign Park District continues its Sounds at Sunset series June 18 with live music from jazz and cabaret singer Katie Flynn. The concert will be held at Toalson park, and there is no admission fee. Every summer, the park district hosts multiple concerts featuring local music artists in vari...

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