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Open-air bar proposed for parking deck

URBANA – The second floor of the downtown Urbana parking deck could be transformed into an open-air bar on summer weekend nights, under a proposal before the Urbana City Council.

Urbana bar owners Scott Glassman and Ian Goldberg are proposing to convert part of the upper deck into a Friday and Saturday night outdoor entertainment site, with live "world beat" music, umbrella table seating, portable bars and a small live music stage. The temporary bar would be called The Upper Deck.

Students shred in 20 steps

Sure, to shred a piece of paper you could just tear it into strips with your hands, and if you don't want to do that, any office supply store sells automatic paper shredders these days.

But where's the fun in that?

Search for new visitors bureau director narrowed to 4 finalists

CHAMPAIGN – Four finalists have been chosen in the search for a permanent executive director for the Champaign-Urbana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The candidates include:

Provena Covenant still being kept in suspense

SPRINGFIELD – The suspense continues for Urbana's Provena Covenant Medical Center, which is waiting to hear whether its tax-exempt status will be restored.

Illinois Department of Revenue Director Brian Hamer on Thursday refused to say when he might issue his final decision, despite repeated questioning at a Senate confirmation hearing.

Tolono's Sunday bar hours will not change

TOLONO – An overflow crowd packed the Tolono Village Board meeting Tuesday, with most speaking out against a proposed change in the village liquor ordinance.

As many as 35 people crowded into the board room and spilled over into the hallway to show their concern about a proposal made last month by bar owner Angie Fry that bars be allowed to open as early as 11 a.m. on Sundays. The village ordinance currently forbids bars from opening until after 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Calculator on Web site takes look at airport competition

CHAMPAIGN – Willard Airport might pick up one of every three travelers it loses to competing airports if those passengers consider driving costs and the value of their time.

That's what recent data from the CMI Tripster cost calculator seem to indicate.

Grievance filed over automated meter plan

This spring Ameren will start installing new automated meters in the area, eventually reducing the need for meter readers.

In response, local meter readers and their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, have filed grievances.

Software shows Mona Lisa to be neither man, nor da Vinci

Mona Lisa probably wasn't a man, and it's even more unlikely that the famous artist who painted the famous painting used himself as the model.

So conclude University of Illinois researchers, who created a buzz last year when their facial-recognition software was used to analyze the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile. (Conclusion: The model was happy, with touches of disgust, fear and anger, at least as Leonardo da Vinci painted her.)

It's your business :Banquet center open at old tavern in Danville

An old building in Danville has been transformed into a new banquet center, but the owners have kept the wood floors and high tin ceilings in the new, traditional-style decor.

Called Vermilion Place, the banquet center at 14 N. Hazel St. last housed The Big Barrel tavern.

Good to the last slurp

CHAMPAIGN – Slurp-and-spit.

That's how Mark Herriott describes the process of coffee "cupping" – a method coffee connoisseurs use to evaluate different varieties and blends.