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.

News-Gazette Photo Boot Camp

The News-Gazette teamed up with Allerton Retreat Center and hosted a Photo Boot Camp for 11 aspiring photographers on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Assignments required the photographers to work in teams for portraits and group photos and then pursue individual assignments ranging from extended depth of field to an image that reminded them of home.

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.

Guild takes last crack at decorating eggs

CHAMPAIGN — Easter has always been a special time for the Altar Guild at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church.

From the building facing West Side Park, colorful hand-decorated eggs, many with a silly sensibility, have been hatching since 1927.

This might be one of the most special Easters ever: the last time the guild, which has an aging population, crafts the eggs.

Letter from Birdland: When the snow comes, so does the fun

Wednesday in Birdland: A glance out the window reveals the brown trees of winter dipped in russet. The low rays of the morning sun have lit them all on one side, like they are the start of the show. The west side is all in shade, and the contrast makes a lovely picture, the shadow tangled in the trees.