Linebacker's love story goes up in smoke


Deadspin broke the story of the non-death of Manti T'eo's fictional girlfriend.

Who cares if year-ahead predictions are wrong? No one remembers them anyway

Here's a few things to think about as we begin 2013.  A columnist from The Street predicts the future.

Interesting if not necessarily accurate. But who can say it's wrong?

The business behind the burger

If you haven't made it up to North Prospect Avenue in Champaign lately, there's a new burger joint.

It's called Five Guys, and it's the hottest "better burger" franchise in the market. Business is booming nationally for Five Guys, and the new one in Champaign is going great guns.

The life and troubles of Jesse Jackson Jr. --- another perspective

New York Magazine is the latest to take an in-depth look at the emotional problems of Jesse Jackson Jr.

The onetime king in waiting isn't doing too well.

Some people are taking all the fun out of "Bond, James Bond."


It's not supposed to be this grim. But some people can't resist. Love how Matt Damon contends the cold-blooded killer he plays is more acceptable than the one played by Sean Connery et al.

The life and troubles of Jesse Jackson Jr.

The famed Chicago news columnist Mike Royko used to sarcastically call the Rev. Jesse Jackson  "Jesse Jetstream," a sardonic take on the senior Jackson's lust for public attention.

Maybe even Democrats will find this amusing

American popular culture is irrepressible. No matter how serious a subject may be, there's always time to have a little fun with it.

In 2008, Barack Obama had the "Obama girl."  And now we have the 2012 equivalent.

You don't have to be a UI hoops fan to appreciate this

It's old news, but anyone who hasn't seen the video of the surprise reunion between UI hoopster Meyers Leonard and his U.S. Marine brother, Bailey Leonard, will enjoy watching this. For those who do not know, Bailey Leonard, who was serving in Afghanistan, showed up in C-U last spring and popped into an Illini pre-game practice. Meyers was, to say the least, taken aback.

Local immigrant makes good

Shahid Khan first hit the big-time in Champaign-Urbana, when he struck gold in the auto parts manufacturing business. But the immmigrant from Pakistan kept a fairly low profile, with the exception of Champaign-Urbana and its environs. Locally, he has been a very generous philanthropist and businessman.

Soap opera continues for former UI assistant Gillispie

Texas Tech head basketball coach Billy Gillispie, a former assistant coach at the University of Illinois, is out of the hospital, but not out of the woods.
He remains on the hot seat, and his coaching career is in doubt following complaints by players to the school’s athletic director about player abuse and violations of NCAA rules on the length of practice.