Rich Warren: The dog days aren't over -- and the dog's for sale

How much is that doggie in the window? Recently, we narrated the sorry tale of RCA, which owned the Nipper dog trademark in North America. Recently, the HMV Corporation in Great Britain, which owned the Nipper trademark for the United Kingdom, turned paws to the sky.

Help available to those seeking info on African-American ancestry

From The News-Gazette's Black History Month 2013 section, published Feb. 10, 2013.

Gearhead of the Week: Darryl Cochran

Darryl Cochran of Paris talks about his favorite car, his 1950 Ford Custom coupe.

A preview of the Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO — When the cold winds blow in early February, it's tempting to let the Chicago Auto Show media preview slide by without attending.

But this year, like every year, I'm reminded what a great venue it is for "gearheads," with more than 1,000 cars on display and some of the best people-watching in the Midwest. (Automotive journalists are a varied and unique group.)

Central Illinois Daily Life Feb. 4 - Feb. 11

Images of events and every day life in Central Illinois as seen through the lenses of News-Gazette photographers.

UI Research Park may get more Net provider options

CHAMPAIGN — Tenants in the University of Illinois Research Park may soon have more choices of Internet providers, and potentially service at lower rates.

The research park also is moving ahead with plans to eventually hook up to the Big Broadband fiber optic network being installed around Champaign-Urbana as part of the $31 million UC2B project.

Twitter users can now chat with Unit 4 schools

CHAMPAIGN — If you use Twitter and have questions for the Champaign school district, take note.

The school district is hosting the first in a series of chats on Twitter from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

Gigabit Squared renews interest in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — City officials say Gigabit Squared has renewed its interest in expanding a high-speed, fiber-optic network throughout Champaign-Urbana months after its "competition" for which more than 500 people committed nearly $400,000.

Students misbehaving? Submit tip online at RTHS

RANTOUL — It didn't take long for a new tips site to pay off.

The same day that it went online.

The tips location on the site was established Jan. 22, and that evening a tip came in about a fight involving two Rantoul Township High School students.

Gearhead of the Week: John Serd

John Serd of Danville talks about his Ford Fairlanes.