In Birdland I have changed my point of view. Quite literally. My mother recently gave me her father's desk, and so I have rearranged the furniture. I now sit oriented in a different direction as I write: facing north.
DANVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER — About 20 young men dressed in blue sit in a classroom inside this medium security prison.
Not one chatters, wiggles, giggles, kicks his desk or appears distracted.
An inmate reads slowly from a book in a Hispanic accent.
"Hand-ker-chief?" he asks uncertainly.
DANVILLE — For most of his adult life, 49-year-old Sean Patrick Adams had no family and no place to truly call home.
The New York singer-songwriter was born in Dallas, where he lived for a short while with his mother, Patricia Adams, and spent time as an infant with his father's side of the family.
Getting Personal appears in Sunday's News-Gazette. Here, a chat with Chris Berube, who hosts "Morning Edition" and "The Afternoon Magazine" on WILL radio.
RANTOUL — The money won't come close to replacing what they lost, but in a way, Chuck and Nancy Padilla gained perhaps something just as valuable.
The knowledge that people care.
The Rantoul residents, who were bilked out of $109,000 last year by telephone scam artists, received more than $5,000 recently from a fundraiser staged by the Rantoul VFW post.
CHAMPAIGN — It's the end of an era in Champaign.
As retiring City Manager Steve Carter packs up and leaves the City Building, incoming City Manager Dorothy David said she's ready to pick up where he leaves off.
DANVILLE — A former Danville alderman and the chairman of the Danville Humane Society board of directors was being remembered on Thursday as a community leader who was "extremely" passionate about the causes in which he was involved.
Peter Lary died Wednesday. He was 63.
CHAMPAIGN — After a life of service to his community, his church and his family, local attorney and former Champaign Mayor Robert Dodd died early Thursday.
Mr. Dodd died at his Champaign home, which was his wish, said his daughter, Brenda Nelson. He died of pancreatitis at age 75.