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New N-G Web site delayed

Unanticipated technical problems have introduced a delay in the planned launch of a redesigned Web site today.

New Web site compares local prices to help you save

It's time to buy milk, eggs and bread again. It's a few days until payday, and you'd like to save a buck or two. Which store in town has the lowest prices?, a new Web site launched last week, promises to help you figure that out.

Redesigned N-G Web site ready to launch Monday

Starting Monday, The News-Gazette will begin a transformation of its Web site.

The site,, was redesigned in-house with a new appearance and revised menus that are intended to make navigating easier.

Idea pays off for UI, prof with deal with Samsung

URBANA – Joseph Lyding says he's "pleased and a little surprised" that the semiconductor technology he helped develop 14 years ago has finally been licensed.

The University of Illinois announced Tuesday that Samsung Electronics has been licensed to use the patented technology that can extend the life – or improve the performance – of silicon chips.

Skepticism increases over Big Broadband

CHAMPAIGN – Amid growing questions surrounding the $31 million "Big Broadband" proposal, Mayor Jerry Schweighart on Wednesday said there may have been enough votes to kill the project – or at least its current form – before this week's city council meeting.

"It may be something that we need, but not now," Schweighart said. "Just the economy is not right to take on this kind of project."

Champaign's 'Big Broadband' discussion delayed

CHAMPAIGN – City officials Tuesday night deferred a discussion of the $31 million "Big Broadband" proposal until a Maryland consultant who critiqued the system would be able to speak in person with the city council.

A report that Doug Dawson, the broadband consultant, released to local agencies last week – a generally positive critique of the proposal – exposed some weaknesses with the high-speed telecommunications network, for which local officials are still awaiting federal grant approval.

Champaign council to vote on 'Big Broadband' grant

CHAMPAIGN – City council members will decide on Tuesday night if they would be willing to accept grant money for the multigovernment, multimillion-dollar "Big Broadband" project awaiting federal approval.

The discussion, which follows an independent consultant's assertion that there are still problems with the proposed high-speed telecommunications system, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Decision on Verizon's sale of lines expected in spring

SPRINGFIELD – It will likely be April before the Illinois Commerce Commission rules on Verizon Communications' proposed sale of land lines to Frontier Communications.

Verizon has proposed selling rural land lines in 14 states, including Illinois, to Connecticut-based Frontier so Verizon can concentrate on wireless communications and urban areas.

UI researchers use gamers' brains to analyze learning

URBANA – Maybe practice makes perfect when it comes to baking a loaf of bread. But it's your brain size that counts a lot when it comes to scoring high on a video game, researchers have found.

A study conducted at the University of Illinois looked at MRI brain scans of men and women trained on "Space Fortress," an approximately 30-year-old video game developed at the UI, and discovered that how well gamers performed could be predicted by the size of certain regions of their brains.

SafeLink offers low-minute cells for low-income residents

A free phone? Really?

If you've been watching late-night television in recent months you may have noticed commercials advertising free phones.

It's no joke.

The catch: They're for low-income residents (you have to qualify annually to receive the benefit) and the free air time maxes out at 60 minutes, meaning if you talk beyond that amount, you'll have to pay.

"Like any other deal on the market, it's a good opportunity for the right consumer," said Jim Chilsen, communications director with the Citizens Utility Board, the consumer advocacy group based in Chicago. That means: "know what you're getting into," he said.