C-U haiku, Feb. 19, 2017


early spring sunshine

stirs sleeping daffodils

turning thoughts to fancy

— Jim O'Brien, Saint Joseph

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Kelly Strom: Examining World War II fiction

Andrew Gross has managed to pull together two of my favorite genres in the fantastic novel "The One Man."

For the retirees, Feb. 19-25, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Library events, Feb. 19-25, 2017

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Douglass Branch, readers of all ages are invited to share books by African-American authors at this year's African-American Read-In.

The Reluctant Townie: Updating your résumé for White House job

On Monday, Michael Flynn resigned from his appointed position as national security adviser after news outlets reported that he had communicated with high-ranking Russian officials in December about reversing sanctions the Obama administration had imposed in the wake of an intelligence report about Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

John Roska: Wage assignments can be revoked at any time

Q: I got a notice in the mail saying my employer would start making deductions from my wages because of a wage assignment. It said I could revoke it. If I do, can anything bad happen?

A: No. You'll still owe the debt, and could be sued. But you can't be punished for revoking a wage assignment, and it won't increase what you owe.

Ruth Sibert: 'The Bad Kid' follows trend of offering more diversity

Author Sarah Lariviere has a background in social work, and she brings that hands-on experience to her first novel for middle grades, "The Bad Kid." Published by Simon and Schuster in 2016, Lariviere rings the bell when it comes to the children's market's focus on providing more diversity of characters and situations.

Travel/Europe: A tale of two Mediterranean cruises


My daughter and I are travel addicts. Just the spark of an idea of a trip and the beginning stages of planning fill us with a giddy pleasure we get from nothing else. We have been fortunate enough to visit many countries, and through experience, we have found that the best way to see several places in a two-week time span is to go on a cruise.

Getting Personal: Joe DeLuce

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 59-year-old JOE DeLUCE, the executive director of the Champaign Park District and a football player turned golfer, chats with staff writer PAUL WOOD.

You've been with the park district for nearly two decades. How have parks changed their mission over all those years?

Whatever happened to ... UFO sightings

Although UFO sightings are down from their peak years, voyagers from space are still among us, and there's video over Champaign to prove it.

The skies here have had decades of brightly lit flying objects, to go by News-Gazette clippings.