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Before he became president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln traveled more than 500 miles each year in the spring and fall as an attorney in Illinois' Eighth Judicial Circuit.
The future president rode through prairie grass on trails that were just wide enough for him and his horse as he headed from one central Illinois courthouse to another.
The University of Illinois College of Law is partnering with WCIA Channel 3 to broadcast a live one-hour broadcast called "Economy in Crisis: A Local Look" on Wednesday.
The show will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and broadcast from the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C, in front of an audience.
URBANA – Comcast is making five channel changes Nov. 11, and some subscribers will have to make changes to see those channels.
– C-SPAN2, now seen on Channel 16, will be carried only on Channel 446. It will continue to be part of Comcast's "basic" level of service, but basic subscribers will need a digital set-top box or compatible equipment to see it.
URBANA – Star Course, the University of Illinois student-run concert productions and promotions organization, will bring Carlos Alazraqui and Cedric Yarbrough's of Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" to Foellinger Auditorium on Nov. 9.
The two will perform sketch and improvisational comedy. Tickets go on sale starting next Tuesday at Ticket Central in the Illini Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling 333-5000. Service charges apply for phone orders. Tickets cost $18 for students and $20 for the general public.
CHAMPAIGN – Writer, filmmaker and actor Hadjii – on his cell phone with this reporter – was walking down the street in Athens, Ga., on Friday afternoon when a passer-by asked:
"You in that show?"
"Yeah, Tuesdays at 10. Spread the word," Hadjii replied.
That show is "Somebodies," a spinoff of Hadjii's independent feature of the same title that he brought to Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign in 2006.
The Ebertfest audience embraced it, and television critics who have seen the BET series – the first scripted series in BET's 28-year history – are giving it good reviews, with Associated Press television writer Frazier Moore calling it one of five new series to watch.
Antenna TV viewers will need an upgrade within the next year
Faithful viewers hop out of bed a year from now, turn on their TV sets and cannot get any of their local TV stations.
Landfills choked with old TVs and the dangers they bring to the environment.
While the federal government foresaw the public outcry with having to buy a converter box in order to watch digital TV by offering a $40 coupon, it has been shortsighted on another front.
URBANA – After graduating from Pepperdine University in 2001, Mike Marriner, Brian McAllister and Nathan Gebhard embarked on a cross-country road trip, hoping to discover their own paths in life.
They interviewed 85 eclectic people to find out how they arrived at their careers. Interviewees included Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a stylist for Madonna, a lobsterman from Maine, the chairman of Starbucks and the scientist who decoded the human genome.