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August 31

 Jackie Robinson Help
 Offers of help are pouring in after a newspaper story revealed that one of Chicago's Little League champions and his family have struggled with homelessness. The Sun-Times reported this week that Jackie Robinson West star Jaheim Benton and his family have been sleeping at the homes of friends and family since July. But the paper reported Saturday that Benton's family has received offers ranging from a free home and free rent for a year.

Asian Carp
 A barrier meant to keep invasive Asian carp out of Lake Decatur is again in place after it was damaged during bad weather in February. The Decatur Herald and Review reports that the 4-foot screen has been placed back on top of a dam. The invasive carp are a menace to aquatic food chains and are making their way up the Mississippi River.

Urbana Man Apologies to the Judge
 An Urbana man sentenced to six months in jail for yelling profanities at a judge has been released early after writing him another letter of apology. The Champaign News-Gazette reports that 30-year-old Willie Craft Junior was released Thursday after serving 50 days in the Champaign County Jail for direct criminal contempt of court. Craft's latest letter to Judge Richard Klaus said he had "utmost respect" for him, adding that he was in a "dark place" at the time of his outburst during a July 9th hearing for Craft's father.

Michael Sam
 St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp. Fisher says that releasing Sam was purely a football decision.