Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Japanese-Americans see significance in Obama's Hiroshima visit

Erika Suzuki of Springfield recalled talking to an American who recently visited Hiroshima.

"He told me that they didn't expect an apology (from President Obama), that they only required three words: 'No more Hiroshimas,' in any places in the world," said Suzuki, program coordinator for International Student Services at the University of Illinois Springfield.

"In my feeling, the majority of Hiroshima people want him to see and learn what happened (as a result of the bombing) and to lead the world into the future."

The visit adds to the “Obama Doctrine,” especially the use of diplomacy rather than a unilateral approach, said Ali Nizamuddin, an associate professor of political science at UIS.

“It’s not just a cosmetic visit,” said Nizamuddin. “It sends a positive message that the U.S. is committed to Japan and the security alliance.”

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on May 22, 2016.

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Challenging ‘junk science’ in arson case

A Naperville man is asking a judge to overturn his murder conviction on the grounds that the prosecution’s case was built on junk science.

William Amor spent the last 21 years behind bars for the death of his mother-in-law in a 1995 condo fire that investigators ruled as arson. His exoneration bid hinges on convincing the judge that new scientific research debunks old beliefs about how fire behaves.

The Illinois Innocence Project, based at the University of Illinois Springfield, took on Amor’s case and is working to get his conviction overturned.

The story was reported by the Illinois Times on May 19, 2016.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

UIS' Supak ties for 79th in Division II men's golf nationals

University of Illinois Springfield junior Talon Supak finished the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship tied for 79th Thursday and shot a three-day total of 10-over-par 226 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.

Supak shot a 3-over 75 in the final round. He made birdies on the par-4, 348-yard No. 4 hole and the par-3, 190-yard 13th hole. Supak shot 75, 76 and 75 over three rounds.

St. Leo’s Hugo Bernard was medalist with a 13-under-203.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on May 20, 2016.

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