B.o.B, Timeflies to perform at April UI concert

URBANA — A first-ever free spring concert for University of Illinois students on the Quad will feature a well-known rapper and an electro pop group April 26.

The rapper B.o.B rose to fame after his debut single with Bruno Mars, "Nothin' on You," reached No. 1 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

We meet again, Mickey

When I tell people what I did over spring break, I get a variety of reactions.

Laughter. Sympathy. And from some fellow parents, knowing smiles.

My vacation involved a trip to Florida with my daughter — and about 100 of her middle-school friends. Four days at the Disney World theme parks, two overnight bus trips there and back.

Spotlight on Service, March 31, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Hoopeston Rotary

About the club

President: Michael Drollinger

Origin: Founded in 1941.

Meets: 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center Community Room.

On tap: Jennifer Shelby will be the speaker at today's meeting.

Area history, March 31, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, March 31, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015.

There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

On this date:

Top of the Morning, March 31, 2015

— Like the Cubs and Cardinals, Adam Watson is anxious to get his season started.

"It's like we're in spring training now," the 36-year-old Villa Grove farmer said. "Spirits are good, the weather is beautiful, the shed doors are open."

Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday that American politicians in an era of partisanship should try to carry themselves more like Edward M. Kennedy, as politicians from both parties lauded the late senator's collegial spirit at the dedication of an institute that bears his name.

Ambitious actor

CHAMPAIGN — So you think being an actor is glamorous? Only if masticating cold mashed potatoes for three hours is your idea of glamour.

Kyle Klein II of Champaign was last in The News-Gazette because he was so into preparation for playing Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" in Sullivan that he personally tested out the "tongue to flagpole" scene in the original 1983 movie.

Area history, March 30, 2015

In 1915, at an adjourned meeting last night the Champaign City Council passed an ordinance providing for $22,000 in bonds to purchase a gasoline pumper, an aerial truck and more hose for the fire department, plus a combination motor ambulance and patrol car for the police department. The bond issue will be placed on next month's city elections ballot.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 30, 2015

We asked area firefighters. What's been your proudest day on the job?


27 years with Tolono Fire