Centennial teacher stays flexible, innovative

CHAMPAIGN — She may be up for a classroom teacher award from the state board of education, but A.J. Griffith doesn't even have her own teaching space at Centennial High School.

Not that it's a problem, the special education teacher says. Flexibility and patience are the name of her game.

Area history, Oct. 24, 2014

Today is Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history: Oct. 24, 2014

Today is Friday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2014. There are 68 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 24, 1939, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra recorded their signature theme, "Let's Dance," for Columbia Records in New York.

On this date:

Google's 'Security Princess' a hacker's nightmare

Forget all your stereotypes about computer engineers.

First, Parisa Tabriz is a woman. Not that she makes a big deal about it, but that's still a rarity in the upper echelons of the computer hacking world (the legal kind).

College honors NASA researcher and UI grad Greenleaf

CHAMPAIGN — It was the mid-1960s, America was enthralled with the space program and NASA researcher John Greenleaf knew men weren't the only ones who would want to be astronauts.

An officer and a trailblazer

URBANA — As a teenager growing up in Oak Park in the late '60s, Debbie Read was a sweet, blue-eyed blonde who got good grades, wrote for the school newspaper and smiled a lot.

Not exactly the Most Likely to Join the Military type, her classmates have told her at high school reunions.

Even Read wouldn't have guessed it.

"Absolutely not," she said.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 24, 2014

In the old days, Scott Hamilton might have thought twice about accepting the special assignment. Not now.

Notes-Worthy: Blues singer Jackie Scott

This week, Paul Wood chats with blues singer Jackie Scott, who’s from Virginia but has done her homework in the Chicago blues style. She’s usually backed by the Housewreckers, but in her performance Friday, she’s with Kilborn Alley at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U. The show starts at 9 p.m. Both Scott and Kilborn Alley won Blues Blast Magazine awards in 2010. 

Making his comeback

Maybe you saw Nick Sullivan a couple years ago on the push-up brigade, one of the kids in camouflage pants and T-shirts lining up to do push-ups after every Illini football score.

The political science major admits the workout was not too difficult.

Area history, Oct. 23, 2014

Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: