By Phil Johnson/For The News-Gazette -- Cutting hair in the barbershop no one ever expected him to own, Seon Williams entertains in frenzied, fluid motions. In front of him rests a client, to the...
By Thomas Bruch One Jessie Bushman's back grazes the top rope of the ring, making it vibrate gently in contrast to the violence all around. Her hands, mummy-wrapped and fitted with two red...
By Claire Benjamin -- I'm a farmer's daughter, but I can't navigate the grain elevator, grease the combine or repair fence lines. I have never mucked a hog pen or delivered a...
By Richard Anderson -- Frances and Mitch Harris treasure these five minutes. They have plodded through the evening, trading partners and sharing laughs, surrendering to the spirit of community...
By Megan Graham -- In his old room in his parents' home, a pretty house in the Cherry Hills subdivision of Champaign, Chike Coleman is poking through his shelves. He wants to find a Blu-ray disc...
By Zina Bhaia -- So many lights! I knew that America would be big, but as I looked out my Royal Jordanian Airline window at the sprawling nightscape of Chicago and the towering cityscape of its...
By MARISA GWIDT -- "Oh, boy," Charlie High sighs as he watches a college student drag in four heaping bags of laundry. "She won't finish in time." It's 9:50 on a Monday...
By Robert Holly -- Bishop Morris Paul Lockett sits patiently in the former crack house at 205 E. Garwood St., C, waiting for his congregation to arrive. It's a cold, gray winter afternoon. But...
By Aske Denning -- From morning to late afternoon, Monday through Saturday, Charlie Sweitzer works in his shop, next to his home on West John Street in Champaign. He is 78 or 77... no, 78 years old...
By EMILY SINER/For The News-Gazette -- Some things he wants to remember; some things he tries to forget. Isaac Neuman remembers a pretty woman who prepared the meals for the supervisors at St....

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