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Cartoon distorts Obama's record

I see The News-Gazette has jumped on the "King Obama" bandwagon with the Feb. 23 editorial-page cartoon, singling out our current president. As of Feb. 17, President Barack Obama had issued 170 executive orders. So let's just see how much he has been running amuck historically: George Bush, 291; Bill Clinton, 364; Ronald Reagan, 381; Richard Nixon, 346; etc. read more

UI women will open tourney vs. Iowa

The Hawkeyes bounced the Illini on Sunday, but Illinois gets another shot Thursday at the Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. CHAMPAIGN — No need for Matt Bollant and his Illinois coaching staff to scramble for recent video of the next opponent.The same Iowa women’s basketball team that visited State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon for a regular season finale will be the first team the Illini face in the Big Ten tournament later this week in Indianapolis. read more

'12 Years a Slave' wins best picture at Oscars; 'Gravity' wins...

Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards. JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer read more

Baseball team tops Florida again

Johnson, Jay take bite out of Gators’ offense. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pitching is one of Illinois’ strengths this season. No. 23 Florida will attest to that.Starter Drasen Johnson posted 61/3 scoreless innings and reliever Tyler Jay earned his third save of the season, leading the Illini (6-4) to a 5-1 victory Sunday against the Gators, who lost 6-0 to the UI on Friday. read more

Fred Kroner: STM learned to enjoy the ride

St. Thomas More made it look easy. There is not a better testament to the greatness of the state’s Class 2A girls’ basketball champions than in their ability to make a difficult challenge seem effortless. Those who have followed the team throughout the journey know it was anything but simple, even though the final scores show otherwise. NORMAL — St. Thomas More made it look easy. There is not a better testament to the greatness of the state’s Class 2A girls’ basketball champio

Alfonso Cuaron wins Oscar for best director

Alfonso Cuaron has won the Academy Award for best director for the visually groundbreaking lost-in-space spectacle "Gravity." JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer read more

Show bits: Selfie crashes Twitter

Ellen's selfie crashes Twitter.     LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. read more

Banks: My 'work's not done yet' [$]

Jeremy Werner goes in-depth with Illinois defense coordinator Tim Banks, as the Illini prepare to take the field for spring practices this week.

Fred Kroner: IHSA bumps up Sabers

The IHSA offered the expected congratulations on an outstanding season and a job well done. There was another message. It was not spoken, but existed in the minds and thoughts of many familiar with the recent IHSA revision of policies regarding non-boundaried schools such as St. Thomas More. “Now, see what you can do in Class 3A.” NORMAL — The Saber Pack is a student-orchestrated group from St. Thomas More that leads the cheers at athletic events.It has consisted of a vocally

Show bits: Taking Pink to Oz

Hey TV watchers: Bet you wondered how they pulled off that "Wizard of Oz" tribute that showed Pink in Kansas and later in the Land of Oz as she sang "Over the Rainbow" during the Oscar telecast.      LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. read more

Bill Murray pays tribute to Harold Ramis

Bill Murray used his Oscar presenter's role to offer a tribute to the late comedy visionary Harold Ramos.    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. read more

Nyong'o, Leto, 'Gravity' win at Academy Awards

First-time winners Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto took supporting acting honors, while the 3-D spectacle "Gravity" amassed a force of technical awards in an Oscar ceremony punctuated by politics, pizza and photo-bombing. JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer read more

M. Golf. Campbell's 64 Puts #6 Illini in 4th at USF

Brian Campbell posted the second-best score in school history with an 8-under-par 64 to lead No. 6 Illinois into a tie for fourth place at the USF Invitational on Sunday. Round 2 Live Scoring |

Stars do their 'Happy' dance

Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. read more

Jared Leto, 'Frozen' win early at Academy Awards

The Academy Awards started smoothly with a breezy opening from host Ellen DeGeneres and a best supporting actor award to the velvety "Dallas Buyers Club" star Jared Leto. JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer read more

Kilgore served time; students will be OK

I don't know James Kilgore, but I do think he is entitled to his beliefs in the U.S. We have a pretty good track record protecting free speech and thought. read more

M. Tennis. #7 Illini Start Big Ten Play With 4-1Win at #23 Northw...

The new, highly ranked No. 7 Illini men's tennis team (7-4, 1-0) started Big Ten play Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 win over No. 23 Northwestern (10-6, 0-1). Box Score | Printable Box |

Sunday Snow

Chamapign-Urbana is again blanketed by snow on Sunday March 2, 2014.

U of I Women's Basketball vs Iowa

University of Illinois Women's Basketball vs Iowa, Sunday March 2, 2014 at the State Farm Center.

W. Basketball. Illini Fall to #25 Iowa in Regular Season Finale...

The Illini (9-20, 2-14) fell 81-56 to #25 Iowa (23-7, 11-5) in its regular season finale Sunday afternoon. Ivory Crawford reached the 1,000-point milestone. Box Score | Printable Box |

GOP gubernatorial debate set in Champaign Monday

CHAMPAIGN — Three of four Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to be in Champaign for a debate Monday night. The debate is sponsored by WCIA-Channel 3 and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. read more

College scholarships available locally

I am pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for the Champaign-Urbana community. To begin with, I am offering my annual scholarship award for graduating high school seniors, living in the 103rd District. I will be awarding a $500 scholarship to one senior from each of the high schools in my district. read more

C-U Branch plans annual fundraiser Saturday

The Champaign-Urbana Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual Wine, Women and Song fund-raiser from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Milo's Restaurant, 2870 S. Philo Road. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $20 for the first ticket, $18 thereafter. read more

And the funniest movie of all-time is ...

Today, we pay homage to the forgotten genre by asking movie buffs: What's the one flick that still makes you crack up, no matter how many times you've seen it? When it comes to honoring comedic classics — from "Airplane" to "Animal House" — Oscar has been a real grouch. So today, we pay homage to the forgotten genre by asking movie buffs: What's the one flick that still makes you crack up, no matter how many times you've seen it? ANGI FRANKLIN Principal, Jefferson Middle S

Latest on Sunday weather

Champaign County may have dodged the latest blizzard bullet but counties to the south could still get snow accumulation this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service at Lincoln says snow and freezing rain are beginning to taper off in central and southern Illinois. read more

Baseball. Dominant Illini Pitching Drops #23 Florida, 5-1

Illinois received its fourth dominant pitching performance of the weekend, as it completed the sweep of the Sunshine State with a 5-1 win over No. 23 Florida.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 2, 2014

Today, we pay homage to the forgotten genre by asking movie buffs: What's the one flick that still makes you crack up, no matter how many times you've seen it? When it comes to honoring comedic classics — from "Airplane" to "Animal House" — Oscar has been a real grouch. So today, we pay homage to the forgotten genre by asking movie buffs: What's the one flick that still makes you crack up, no matter how many times you've seen it? ANGI FRANKLIN Principal, Jefferson Middle S

Getting Personal: Michael Miller

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 54-year-old Champaign resident Michael Miller. He is a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitar player for the Boat Drunks.   Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 54-year-old Champaign resident Michael Miller. He is a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitar player for the Boat Drunks. So ... what's new with you? read more

Missouri junior has big upside

Jimmy Whitt has put up big numbers for his high school all season, but he took a backseat to his older teammates on senior night.

LIVE! Iowa at State Farm Center

Welcome to our live report from State Farm Center for today’s Big Ten women’s basketball game between the Illini and No. 25 Iowa. read more

Pet Talk: Don't be careless with unwanted meds

By Sarah Netherton/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine read more

Rutherford good man to run for governor

There is a lot of ads that feature Bruce Rauner calling for term limits, like he is going to do it all himself. To do that, Mr. Rauner is going to not only need a Republican majority in both the House and Senate but also needs a state referendum on the ballot for the people of Illinois to vote on. read more

Business and professional briefs, March 2, 2014

New jobs Park district promotes three. Megan Kuhlenschmidt, Kevin Crump and Jameel Jones have received promotions at the Champaign Park District. Kuhlenschmidt was named director of recreation. She has been with the park district for two years. Crump has been named director of planning, design and construction. He has been with the district for 21 years. read more

Davis impressive in 1st year in Congress

I became interested in political science in college, over 50 years ago. In all that time, I have never witnessed a freshman congressman who has risen to the level of achievement as our current congressman, Rodney Davis. read more

Ask 'Mimi' March 2, 2014

Melissa "Mimi" Merli answers questions about renovations at the Virginia, music for Unofficial, and hey, who is Jeff Dunham, anyway? 1. How are the projection-booth renovations going at the Virginia Theatre? Will they be completed by Ebertfest? There are actually two projects being done simultaneously, theater director Steven Bentz said. The projection booth has been enlarged and renovated, and a digital projection system is being installed. read more

Danville City Council needs fiscal restraint

What ever happened to the pay-as-you-go and pay-for-what-you-use form of a government? The current Danville City Council has some members who do not listen to the voters who elected them. They only listen to the cry of the money-hungry monster they had a hand in creating by voting yes when they should have voted no. read more

Spring drills kick off on Wednesday

Orange and Blue News breaks down the best position battles, break-out performers, and more in our spring preview as practices are set to begin on Wednesday.

Kimme's proposal failed on its merits

In Sunday's paper, Dennis Kimme expressed his anger at James Kilgore for working against Kimme's proposal to conduct a space study for the county's jail facilities. It's easy to see why he is angry; his firm is nationally known for designing jails for small cities and they would have made close to $2 million if Mr. read more

HQ prediction: Iowa 72, UI women 67

The Illini are coming off one of their best performances during their current nine-game losing streak. If not for a 3-of-10 performance at the foul line Thursday, Illinois might have pulled off a shocker at No. 16 Nebraska instead of falling 72-65. That dropped the Illini’s record against ranked opponents this season to 0-8. (N-G prediction record: 23-5). Sneak PeekNo. 25 Iowa at Illinois3 p.m. todayLineupsIOWA (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten)STARTERSPos.    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPGG    

Dissecting the political campaign for governor

Several readers have asked me to comment on the increasingly nasty campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. read more

Chaz Ebert on who should win at tonight's ceremony

By Chaz Ebert I have to admit right up front that I am terrible at guessing who will win the Oscars. The good news is that a lot of worthy people have been nominated, so I will probably be pleased with whomever wins, except for two categories. read more

Softball. Illinois' Final Game in California Cancelled

Continued wet weather has rendered the field at Mayfair Park unplayable this morning, so Illinois' final game of the weekend, vs. Long Beach State, has been cancelled. |

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, March 2, 2014

Li-Young Lee is an important American poet of Chinese parentage who lives in Chicago. Much of his poetry is marked by unabashed tenderness, and this poem is a good example of that. I Ask My Mother to Sing She begins, and my grandmother joins her. Mother and daughter sing like young girls. If my father were alive, he would play read more

Don Follis: Baghdad pastor ready to lead church during Lent

With Lent beginning on Wednesday, March 5, I've been thinking of the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Andrew White, the Anglican chaplain in Iraq and the Vicar of St. George's Church in Baghdad. For 10 years, the 50-year-old British-born pastor has been serving at one the few remaining Christian churches in Iraq. read more

John Roska: Getting auto insurance after ticket can reduce fine...

Q: I got a no-insurance ticket. Will getting insurance make any difference at this point? A: Yes, if this is your first offense. If you didn't have insurance, getting it can reduce the fine from $500 to $100. read more

Mitchell's predictions for Oscar winners

News-Gazette reporter Tim Mitchell's Oscar predictions: BEST PICTURE: "12 Years a Slave" read more

C-U among most promising tech hubs

Techie.com selected the 10 most promising tech hubs to watch for 2014: Among the criteria: physical infrastructure such as fiber-optic rings; high-tech industrial parks and incubators; startup culture with meet-ups and co-working spaces; presence of a university; supportive programs. read more

W. Basketball. Parking Changes for Sunday's Game

Because of Saturday night's snow, only the northwest and northeast parking lots around State Farm Center will be available for fans coming to Sunday's Illinois-Iowa women's basketball game at 3 p.m.

Reluctant Townie: I'm pretty good at making Oscar predictions...

Had I been in charge of writing the slogan for this year's Academy Awards, it probably would have read as follows: The Academy Awards. Something that is happening this year. March-ish? Hosted by Ellen. read more

Jehovah's Witnesses' victory a golden one

Headlines tell us that the Russian Federation won the final medal count victory at the recent 2014 Winter Olympics. Another quieter victory for the Russian people was won on Jan. 22, when an appellate court reversed an earlier ruling by a lower court that banned jw.org, the official website of Jehovah's Witnesses, throughout Russia. read more

Purple Colorado picking GOP pols more wisely

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In today's unforgiving politics, both parties often think: "If at first you don't succeed, don't darken our door again." Ken Buck, however, had another idea. read more

Tom Kacich: Dems back opponents of 2 county board incumbents

Citing the "betrayal" of the Democratic Party electorate in Champaign County, party chairman Al Klein said the party is backing the opponents of county board chair Alan Kurtz and veteran board member Ralph Langenehim. Citing the "betrayal" of the Democratic Party electorate in Champaign County, party chairman Al Klein said the party is backing the opponents of county board chair Alan Kurtz and veteran board member Ralph Langenehim. read more

Richard J. Leskosky: Oscar nominees trending toward real people,...

This year stands out in Oscar history for having the most best picture nominees based on real people and events. This year stands out in Oscar history for having the most best picture nominees based on real people and events, both in quantity and percentage — six of the nine 2013 films nominated or 66.67 percent. read more

2014 Academy Awards

The Academy Awards will be presented tonight. Here are predictions, including the thoughts of Chaz Ebert, as well as related stories and links and a printable ballot. The Academy Awards will be presented tonight, starting at 7:30 on ABC. Here are predictions, including the thoughts of Chaz Ebert, as well as related stories and links. read more

Concerts mark 30th anniversary of Computer Music Project

URBANA — Two concerts, one this week and the other in April, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Computer Music Project, which is part of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios. read more

Area history, March 2, 2014

Today is Sunday, March 2, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date: In 1914, Champaign schools are back in session, pool halls have reopened and scores of University of Illinois students who fled the town at the first mention of the scarlet fever scare have returned. But two new cases, one in Champaign, and one in Urbana, were reported over the weekend. read more

Fixing Illinois: Making tough, but informed, fiscal decisions...

By David Merriman Illinois' economy has been slow to recover from the Great Recession of 2008. Like in other states, Illinois saw huge drops in housing values and sweeping job losses. But unlike many other states, the Great Recession exposed long festering fiscal imbalances in Illinois. read more

Wine tasting to benefit Friends Fore Life group

Travel With Beth will hold its 2014 wine tasting to benefit Friends Fore Life, a local nonprofit organization that helps children and families with grave illnesses. The event will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club, 2000 Byrnebruk Drive, C, and the master of ceremonies will be Mike Haile of WHMS 97.5-FM. read more

Library events, March 2-9, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries: Champaign Public Library Main library, 200 W. Green St. Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St. read more

Sunday Conversation: Jimmy Fitzgerald

Jimmy Fitzgerald says he can still go places in Champaign without getting stopped or looked at curiously. That might change in the next year. The Centennial quarterback, who orally committed to Illinois on Feb. 1, was the first Class of 2015 prospect to give Tim Beckman’s program a verbal pledge. The junior — who sports a 4.0 grade-point average at Centennial — sat down recently with staff writer Matt Daniels to talk about why he committed early, what he likes about Bill Cubit’s offense and his

Latest from National Weather Service

The Winter Weather Advisory is Now in effect Until 6pm CST This Evening. * Timing, Snowfall will Continue to Spread Southeast Across Central Illinois this Morning. The Snow will End from Northwest to Southeast Sunday Afternoon and Evening. * Accumulations, 3 to 6 Inches, with Isolated Higher Amounts are Expected During the Period. read more

Letter from Birdland: Taking a short walk during a thunder snow...

The sun shines on Birdland. I woke to a bright sky, light bouncing off the expanse of white snow, diamonds scattered over the surface, the trunks of trees silvered. I stepped outside with Ursula to a warm, melting world. Icicles grow longer as they drip from the roof. read more

Leskosky's Oscar picks

Here are critic Richard J. Leskosky's Academy Award picks for this year, based on the nearly unanimous results of the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards presentations. Best actor: Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") read more

Family of new citizens

Alan Hansen, his wife Jan and their children Ricky and Amy were part of a group of 50 people from 24 countries who became citizens in the morning ceremony with United States Magistrate Judge David G. Berhthal during a Naturalization ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana Friday February 28, 2014.

Rosenberg worthy to serve in Springfield

I am voting for Sam Rosenberg for state representative in the Democratic primary. As in many contested primary races, we have two candidates who agree on most issues. They differ in types of experience, interests and personality. While those dimensions keep the blogs buzzing, they don't factor much into my decision. What matters to me is how a candidate will approach the job. read more

$50 million up in flames

Policy problems and political imperatives crashed head-on in the election-year summer of 2010, and the resulting conflagration consumed roughly $50 million of Illinois taxpayers' money.   Governor has some explaining to do. Policy problems and political imperatives crashed head-on in the election-year summer of 2010, and the resulting conflagration consumed roughly $50 million of Illinois taxpayers' money. read more

CUDO exhibit brings board gamers together

A dragon battle game where the dragon is the hero, aliens stealing cows, a struggle with the deadly Titan prison ships, a daunting memory test and a chance to evolve as something very different from Homo sapiens. A dragon battle game where the dragon is the hero, aliens stealing cows, a struggle with the deadly Titan prison ships, a daunting memory test and a chance to evolve as something very different from Homo sapiens. These were the games that premiered at the Champaign-Ur

Little Theatre brings musical comedy to stage

SULLIVAN — The Little Theatre On The Square will present the musical comedy "Smoke on the Mountain" from Friday through March 16. The play tells the tale of a traditional church revival in 1938 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina. read more

Melissa Merli: Guerrilla Girls still making their point

The Guerilla Girls broke onto the New York art scene in 1985, working at night (to avoid arrest) to put up street posters pointing out the gender and racial disparities in the museum and gallery world. In 2002 a group of Hollywood female filmmakers asked the Guerilla Girls to take action on the paucity of women and people of color working behind the scenes in the movie industry. The filmmakers showed the Guerilla Girls "unbelievable statistics," and the Girls took it on as a c

Callis, Gollin are not what America needs

I want to thank The News-Gazette for its co-sponsorship of the debate on Feb. 20. read more

New manufacturing center has UI Labs' big shoulders

By Pat Quinn What will the Midwest economy look like in a few years and what will Illinois' place in it be? Will the region, ridiculed decades ago as the Rust Belt, continue its renaissance as a center for innovation and risk-taking, leading the nation into a new age of American manufacturing in the 21stcentury? Or will others claim that mantle? read more

For the retirees, March 2, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500. RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County. read more

Building permits, March 2, 2013

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, location, description and cost. CHAMPAIGN Armstrong Construction, new single-family home at 3902 Patriot Lane, $287,000. read more

Danville post office needs more workers

I realize that the post office has cut its workforce to the bone. The Danville post office has no one sweeping the sidewalks for customers and often only one window clerk when opening. read more

Oso Technologies prepping product for delivery

Oso Technologies has won plenty of acclaim for its idea of a system that monitors how much water your lawn, garden or houseplant needs. Now it's time to provide the actual product to customers. CHAMPAIGN — Oso Technologies has won plenty of acclaim for its idea of a system that monitors how much water your lawn, garden or houseplant needs. Now it's time to provide the actual product to customers. For the last couple weeks, the company's five full-time employees have been pr

Teaching U.S. adults is key to whipping obesity

CHICAGO — If the recently announced dramatic decline in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds holds steady, then in about 18 years it will be fair to say a dent has been made in the obesity epidemic. read more

Hundreds of youths visit Champaign for a day of learning

CHAMPAIGN — Registered nurse Mary Butzow is teaching the boys in uniform about CPR. "Don't choke the patient," she advises one intense Boy Scout. read more

C-U Haiku, March 2, 2014

Sub-zero morning Another cup of disappointment In the forecast — Marilyn Gehant, Chicago read more

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was...

Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was: Art appreciation, Part I read more

Business listings, March 2, 2014

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office: A&K Mega Service, 1401 N. Prospect Ave., Suite #3, C, by Andres Gomez, 1102 Pomona Drive, C, and Chris Westenhaver, 207 Hartle Ave., U. Agape Hearts and Hands Massage, 615 Castleton Road, C, by Susan Ray, same address. read more

Fixing Illinois: Across-the-board cuts good politics, bad managem...

By CHRISTOPHER Z. MOONEY The state of Illinois is in a serious budget crisis, spending more money than it takes in every year, with that gap projected to increase greatly every year. Cutting state spending will be on the political agenda for the 2014 gubernatorial race and legislative session. But how should these spending cuts be done? read more

Family of four proud to become Americans

The song has played hundreds of times before, but this time, for the first time, it moves Jan Hansen to tears. The song has played hundreds of times before, but this time, for the first time, it moves Jan Hansen to tears. She hadn’t expected to get emotional. Yes, she is about to become a U.S. citizen, a momentous day for most. But the mood so far has been lighthearted as she and her family reminisce about their journey to America from South Africa. read more

Book about dancer features energetic text, illustrations

"Josephine" (2014, Chronicle Books, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson, ages 6-14) proudly heralds in Josephine Baker with these words: "Knees SQUEEZE, now FLY, heels flap and chop, arms scissor and splay, eyes swivel and pop. Josephine, all RAZZMATAZZ, erupted into the Roaring Twenties — a VOLCANO." read more

Actor from 'Breaking Bad' to speak at Illini Union

URBANA — Actor RJ Mitte, who starred on AMC's "Breaking Bad" as Walter White Jr., will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Illini Union I-Rooms in the west wing of the building, 1401 W. Green St. Like his character on the Emmy Award-winning show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, albeit a milder form. read more

Business calendar, March 2, 2014

Wednesday, March 5 read more

MTD contributing to parking lot potholes

I think the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District should be responsible for filling the potholes in Country Fair Shopping Center from the Springfield Avenue entrance to the Country Fair Drive entrance. This is the route they take through the Center. read more

Jim Dey: Man's sober-but-guilty verdict on appeal

When Dana Hasselbring was involved in fatal 2010 motorcycle accident in Champaign, he was sober as a judge. But that didn't stop a judge from sentencing Hasselbring to 11 years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence for his role in the accident that caused the death of a friend, 26-year-old Eddie Piat of Champaign. read more

Better tech makes fake IDs harder to detect

Bouncers in Campustown are veterans at spotting fake IDs. But the job is getting tougher as technology improves and offshore suppliers peddle fake IDs over the Internet, Ease of access to forgeries has prompted police to step up their enforcement efforts Bouncers in Campustown are veterans at spotting fake IDs. They know the signs — the logo isn't quite right, the color is off, the card just doesn't have the right feel. read more

Author gives us sequel to popular novel

Claire Cook has written a sequel to her bestselling novel "Must Love Dogs," which was made into a movie starring John Cusack and Diane Lane. "Must Love Dogs" put Cook on her way to a successful writing career at the age of 50. Since she fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author at 45, her books generally have the theme of reinvention. read more

Exhibit opens this week at University Y

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition "Invisible Fences," featuring new works by Maria Lux, will open Thursday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Murphy Gallery at the University Y, 1001 S. Wright St., C. In it, Lux explores what dogs have to do with the borders humans create and maintain. read more

Oscar predictions: What will win and should win

JAKE COYLE, AP Film WriterJESSICA HERNDON, AP Film Writer read more

Weather and Mechaniccal Problems Hampers N-G Delivery; E-edition...

Winter weather conditions and a mechanical problem are causing some deliveries of The News-Gazette to be delayed on Sunday, March 2, 2014.. The newspaper is making its electronic edition available for free today. Go to: http://www.news-gazette.com/eedition and enter the username badweather and the password free. Your device will need the Adobe Flash player to be able to use the electronic edition. Users with mobile devices can get the 10 most recent stories at m.news-gazette.com. “We know there

Top of the Morning, March 2, 2014

I look at March as the start of baseball season. My wife sees it as the start of open house season. I look at March as the start of baseball season. My wife sees it as the start of open house season. That's why the first section she'll grab from today's paper is H. Then she'll head out the door — weather permitting — at 2 p.m. even though we're not looking to move (as far as I know). read more

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