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No word yet on UC2B competition

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are still waiting for word on whether Champaign-Urbana will be selected for an expensive high-speed Internet build-out while nearly $400,000 hangs in the balance.

Internet lets mentors keep contact after moving

CHAMPAIGN — In a town known for people moving in and out, it's often hard for a mentor moving away to part with a student.

Now, at Champaign's two high schools, Central and Centennial, mentors who move can still talk face-to-face to the students they mentor with a little help from modern technology.

Rich Warren: Plasma TV owner isn't warming up to a switch to LCD

Just when plasma televisions looked like a reflection in the rearview mirror, the following reader email arrived:

PBL expects $1 million boost from wind farm

PAXTON — The school district should see a $1 million spike in revenue next year, while homeowners in the district should see a savings on their property tax bills next summer, thanks to the construction of a wind farm near Paxton.

40 North has redesigned website

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council, has launched a redesigned and updated website at

It offers a clean and contemporary look with interactive features for users, according to a news release from the council.

Staerkel Planetarium asks for your vote on top astronomical discovery

CHAMPAIGN — To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College wants local folks to vote on what they believe is the most fascinating astronomical discovery of the last quarter century.

Rich Warren: Fix for poor sound balance on TV shows?

Our recent exploration of TV sound elicited this reader question:

Monticello looks to fiber optic 'net

MONTICELLO — The laying of fiber optic cable for faster Internet in the next two years is expected to be an economic boon for Monticello, and Piatt County government could be one of the first recipients.

Rich Warren: On Samsung, Windows 8, more

Choose your cliche: Don't bite the hand that feeds you, or don't shoot yourself in the foot.

UI Engineering institute to work with firms, government

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Engineering has launched a new research institute that aims to partner with companies and federal agencies to conduct applied research such as designing and testing products.