Top of the Morning, April 3, 2014
— Tickets to individual movie screenings at Roger Ebert's 16th Film Festival went on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. It took all of 10 minutes for three movies to sell out: Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," and "Life Itself," an Ebert documentary. Two more films — "Young Adult" and "Wadjda" — sold out later.
— As of Wednesday afternoon, 16,758 had registered for this month's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Co-director Jan Seeley said registrations are down by about 700 from a year ago. She also said many runners are opting for shorter races. Blame a brutally cold winter.
"They haven't been able to train," Seeley said.
The four races with the most entrants: half-marathon (5,873), 5K (5,340), 10K (2,431) and marathon (1,979).
— On Sunday, we profiled our boys' basketball All-Area Player of the Year Michael Finke, highlighting his participation in Centennial's spring musical "Damn Yankees." On Tuesday, Finke and 20 members of the cast performed for Jim Turpin during his "Penny For Your Thoughts" show on WDWS 1400-AM. Listen to the podcast at news-gazette.com.
After stopping by our radio center on South Neil, the "Damn Yankees" crew headed to Illinois Field for a group photo.
— The Severe Weather Spotters Training Class that was to take place tonight in Tilton has been postponed because of, well, severe weather. Rick Harper of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency said the class has been rescheduled for April 16.
"Personnel involved with this training course will most likely be unavailable due to the severe storms expected," Harper said.