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Organizers in Roger Ebert’s hometown announced plans Tuesday to try to raise $125,000 to build a life-size bronze statue of the late famed film critic. The statue would go in front of Champaign’s Virginia Theatre, which has hosted the Ebertfest film festival for 15 years. Ebert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning movie reviewer and television personality, grew up in neighboring Urbana and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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Franco Harris is going from Super Bowl champ to ‘‘Champion of Champions.’’ The Pittsburgh Opera says the Steelers’ Hall of Famer will be featured in its season-opening production of ‘‘Aida.’’ The Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh reports the retired running back will be ‘‘Champion of Champions,’’ a silent, ceremonial role found in the second act.

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