Weekend highlights, Feb. 15-16

Stories from Saturday and Sunday ranged from a chat with the new director of the Urbana Free Library to a look at development incentives in Champaign. And lots more.

Some examples, in case you missed them:

Patrick Wade had a follow-up on the new director for the Urbana Free Library.

Julie Wurth has the story behind the new name for the horseshoe drive at the State Farm Center.

Paul Wood wrote that the Champaign Park District's new Leonhard Center is close to opening.

Our reviewer jumped out of her seat at "Wait Until Dark." You might, too.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat column was about "one of the best integrations of technology and arts that I've yet seen."

A variety of opinion pieces, including John Foreman on James Kilgore, Jim Dey on school funding in Illinois, the Prairie Rivers Network's explanation for its opposition the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District's proposal to supply treated water to the proposed Cronus Chemical plant and an argument in favor of a faculty union at the University of Illinois.

Winning photographers told us the stories behind their pictures.

Mary Schenk wrote about one runner helping another overcome a disability to run the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

Tom Kacich explores whether the endorsements last week by Naomi Jakobsson and Laurel Prussing will make a split in the county Democratic party worse.

Patrick Wade looks at Champaign's policy of offering incentives to developers. (Want to weigh in? Send a letter to the editor.)

Don Dodson brings you up to date on a new sandwich shop coming to campus, in his It's Your Business column. 

After the Illinois men's basketball team loses the 10th of its last 11 games, Loren Tate says there's a sign that these players aren't quitters.

Melissa Merli answers questions about Vince Gill-Amy Grant concert at the Virginia and more. (Want to ask her something? Send email to mmerli@news-gazette.com)

An Urbana manufacturer that has expanded several times now is looking to add 20,000 square feet of space, writes Don Dodson.

Our Studio Visit is with Chris Taber, who got into theater in junior high, when she was "tall, taller than all the boys, with acne, braces, glasses and a Dorothy Hamill haircut."

And in our Getting Personal, Sanford Hess is making a big change

Freelance writer Vivienne Mackie takes you to a place that's not far from Orlando but an entirely different world.

John Roska tackles whether you can keep that cell phone you just found at that place. It's not always finders keepers, he says.

From Cecil Bridgewater to Viktor Krauss to Terry Luttrell, musicians tell Jeff D'Alessio what musician or group first got to them.

And check out these photo galleries, including the roller derby season opener, the Illinois-Ohio State game and the 2014 E-Fest of radio-controlled planes.

 

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