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Champaign council to review Comcast contract

CHAMPAIGN – The city council this week will review a proposed 10-year cable franchise agreement, a document that lays out the terms and conditions and fees exchanged to allow Comcast to use public property for its infrastructure.

The contract will be presented to the council when it meets in study session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

UI grad wins Outer Critics Circle Award for Tony-nominated performance

University of Illinois graduate Jon Michael Hill, who is up for a Tony Award for outstanding featured actor in a play, on Monday won the Outer Critics Circle Award in that category, for his performance in "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts.

Getting Personal: Lisa Gaye Dixon

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
6:30 a.m. Blech. I am NOT a morning person. First, I feed my cat, Rudy, who seems to be STARVING even though there is still food in the bowl. Then I make coffee and just sit still for a bit. Then it's breakfast and the news and out the door between 8 and 9 a.m.

At 13, Champaign native has already found successful career

Dylan Minnette may be living a high-profile life. But at 13, he's doing the job he's always wanted.

You can watch the former Champaign resident at 9 p.m. Monday on TNT in the final nine episodes of "Saving Grace." He has worked on the show since he was 9, making it his longest job. He said cast members became close.

Getting Personal: WICD weather forecaster Matt Brickman

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
2:15 a.m., seriously. In the first hour, I shower, get dressed, eat, drive to work and start piecing together that day's forecast.

What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?
Grilled chicken and rice at home in Mahomet with my wife (This was at 7:45 a.m., however).

WILL program shows how railroad gave rise to Champaign

URBANA – As Champaign begins to celebrate its 150th anniversary this month, a new WILL-TV production, "Illinois Pioneers," looks at the creation of the city after the Illinois Central Railroad arrived in 1854.

Airing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the program hosted by John Paul will examine the factors that helped Champaign get its start. Dannel McCollum, former Champaign mayor and unofficial city historian, will be Paul's guest.

Donations taken for Vintage Vinyl sale starting March 30

Beginning March 30, the Vintage Vinyl used-record sale will accept donations of LPs, CDs or DVDs; video games and players; stereo equipment; speakers; and CD and DVD players.

Donations may be taken through May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the former Dr. John's School of Cosmetology in Urbana's Lincoln Square Village, and during business hours through April 30 to Busey Bank locations in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy.

Celebrities get creative for Danville library's Doodle for Literacy

DANVILLE – The fundraising committee of the Danville Library Foundation wanted to create an event that would be a first for the Danville community without reinventing the wheel.

In the process, the committee came up with the Doodle for Literacy Auction Gala event, which will be held April 10 at the Danville Country Club.

Ebert to appear on 'Oprah' on Tuesday with new 'voice'

Urbana native Roger Ebert will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, using a new text-to-speech computer-software generated voice based on his own.

Ebert told The News-Gazette on Friday via e-mail that he calls his new voice "Roger Jr."

"I'm writing a blog that will tell all," he added.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic posted last week at Twitter that he had taped an "Oprah" segment and it was to air on Tuesday. Locally, the program airs at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on WCIA Channel 3.

Comedian Dunham bringing his act to UI

Comic and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, famous for cracking jokes with a range of sidekicks, is coming to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall on March 4.

Dunham has certainly become a newsmaker and influential trendsetter in recent years. Recently named to Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list, he has been rated as "America's favorite comedian" by Slate and the top-grossing live comedy act in North America by Pollstar.

The News-Gazette asked Dunham recently about his comedy, characters and whether he'd be able to perform without them.