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Reluctant Townie: A turning point in the battle for sustenance

One morning, not long ago, my kid approached me and asked for a bite of my breakfast Hot Pocket. I tried feeding it to her like one might a goat in a petting zoo (hesitantly and through a fence), but she demanded to hold it herself. In the end, I relented to her tiny, willful hands and persistent cries for "Bites! Bites! Biiiiiitessss!"

Letter from Birdland: As the crow flies, it is with a sense of purpose

This morning I took a few moments to stand at the window looking out at the rosy morning. The day was silent because I hadn't yet put in my hearing aids. The sky held a silvery rose and the low sun painted a pink tinge on the trees. The snow put a silver smoothness on the expanse of the yard.

Getting Personal: Robert Isham Auler

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with veteran attorney Robert Isham Auler.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Lottery winnings will enable family reunion

MAHOMET — A couple plans to use their lottery winnings to visit their son, a U.S. Navy pilot, in Hawaii — and then get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sail with him on an aircraft carrier as he returns from deployment in the Middle East.

4 honored at Freedom Fund event

CHAMPAIGN — Four people were honored Friday night at the 2013 Freedom Fund Banquet presented by the Champaign County NAACP.

The Rev. Claude E. Shelby, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, received the Inter-Faith Service Award.

Sam Banks, executive director of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, received the Youth Advancement Award.

Rutgers prof to give Wells-Barnett lecture

URBANA — A Rutgers University history professor will deliver the annual Ida B. Wells-Barnett Lecture at 6 p.m. Monday in the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

The lecture, sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of African American Studies, is free and open to the public.

Local billionaire is list's 490th-richest

CHAMPAIGN — Flex-N-Gate Corp. owner Shahid Khan ranks No. 490 among the world's billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion, according to a new ranking by Forbes magazine.

The magazine's online version lists Khan's residence as Naples, Fla., even though he has a home in Champaign and Flex-N-Gate is based in Urbana.

Jordan files for paternity lawsuit to be dismissed

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Reluctant Townie: Six strikes and you're out, apparently

This week, the United States' five largest Internet providers — AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon — implemented their long-threatened, er, promised Six Strikes program. The move purports to be an educational tool to combat Internet piracy but is really just a way for your provider to charge you extra fees.

Business and professional briefs March 3, 2013

New jobs

Wavering gets promotion. Matt Wavering of Champaign has been named director of commercial brokerage for the Champaign office of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

He has been with the firm since 2006, becoming a commercial real estate broker before being promoted to assistant director in 2010.