Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2014

Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2014

Some radio reminders, weekend leftovers and online updates:

— Columnist JIM DEY, whose piece on former Symbionese Liberation Army member JAMES KILGORE in Sunday's News-Gazette resulted in considerable feedback, will join radio host JIM TURPIN in studio at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM. To join the conversation, call 217-356-9397 or 800-223-9397. Dey will take questions and explain his reporting until 10 a.m.

— As detailed in Sunday's sports section, Gifford Grade School's unbeaten seventh-grade boys' basketball team will play for a state title at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph. It's a neat story for a town that can always use a pick-me-up after November's tornado.

"It's been really good in that the games have brought together a lot of people you haven't seen in awhile," grade school principal Rod Grimsley said. "I expect another good crowd Thursday."

The Eagles, who wear "Gifford Strong" T-shirts during warmups, play Cissna Park at St. Joseph Middle School. It is the school's first appearance in a state championship game.

Another area junior high, Champaign Franklin, also is playing for a state title Thursday in Normal.

— "If you turn north into Country Fair from Springfield towards the bank, there is a pothole probably 1 foot deep and 4 foot wide."

That was a recent submission to our online "Seen A Pothole?" icon at, which is buzzing again as the snow melts. We'll keep it going until the patching is complete.

— At our News-Gazette Facebook page, we asked for your favorite Beatles song in conjunction with Sunday's 50th anniversary special. The unofficial winner: "Yesterday." There's still time to weigh in on that as well as the 1990 Valentine's Day ice storm that, judging by comments, impacted many of our readers.

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