'Blues Brothers' top movie on Illinois' greatest list

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois residents have picked "The Blues Brothers" as the top movie in state history, making it the first item on a list of Illinois' top 200 people, places and things.

N-G sports section named among nation's best for eighth-straight year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the eighth consecutive year, The News-Gazette's sports section was named one of the country's best by the Associated Press Sports Editors in its annual writing and sections contest.

Rich Warren | Pursuit of Apple battery an uphill climb

Put an "i" before any electronic device, and it becomes the Apple of your eye. Most Apple owners regard the rest of the electronics industry the way the Crusaders of the Middle Ages felt about the infidels. Thus, few people complain about the faults and flaws of Apple, except for the following reader who wrote this in response to my Jan. 28 iPhone battery replacement column:

Wired In: Indu Rupassara

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker.

Robeson fourth-graders learn they really can change the world

CHAMPAIGN — It's a question from students that plagues educators everywhere: Will all this learning actually be relevant in the so-called real world?

Top of the Morning, March 2, 2018

How big of a deal is the Big Ten tournament in faraway New York? Based on the coverage in the city's major newspapers: Not very.

Entertainment listings, March 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: Urbana is holding an international-themed First Friday for March. Balinese gamelan music and dance by the Bali Lantari ensemble at the library. Special night of music at IMC featuring Congolese musician Jean RenéBalekita opening, followed by CU's new salsa band Timbalú.

When: March 2.

Top of the Morning, March 1, 2018

With BRIAN BARNHART in New York for the Big Ten basketball tournament, two veteran voices of The News-Gazette will fill in for him on "A Penny For Your Thoughts" on WDWS 1400-AM.

Illinois Ancestors | Another victory for Reclaim the Records

Reclaim The Records is a project whereby Freedom of Information laws are used to force government agencies and repositories to release copies of important archival records so that they may be given back to the public. The records are then made available on the internet — free. The latest successful release is the New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016.

Urbana council OKs doubling Pygmalion's funding for added day in city

URBANA — The Urbana City Council gave its initial approval Monday to a $5,000 funding bump for Pygmalion 2018, in exchange for an added Urbana day of the festival's activities.