Flying Machine, Pizza M both leaving downtown Urbana building

URBANA — A pizza place and coffee shop are moving out of their space in downtown Urbana at the end of March.

Flying Machine is closing March 28, but will keep its Avionics coffee shop in midtown Champaign.

And Pizza M is closing at the end of March and moving a block north into the 25 O'Clock Brewery on Griggs Street.

South's slow-motion freeze leaves vexing blanket of snow

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The deep freeze that killed 10 people and shut down much of the South began to relent Thursday, but several states were still dealing with the lingering effects of the slow-moving storm that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in central North Carolina.

Couple shocked by reports of their 13 starved grandchildren

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.

This Globetrotter's the cat's meow

His name is Orlando "El Gato" Melendez, he has made it to two Final Fours as a power forward, played pro ball overseas and now hams it up for the Harlem Globetrotters. They perform Friday at the State Farm Center. El Gato never even heard of the Globetrotters until he saw them on "Scooby-Doo," he told staff writer Paul Wood.

1. What was the cartoon about?

Notes-Worthy: What was your turning-point moment?

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown asked on the group's Facebook page: What was a turning-point moment for you?

Bryton Carmack: Getting made fun of by all the older bands, so we turned it around and toured across the country regularly while the rest of them stayed playing bars at home.

East Lynn toddler getting needed kidney transplant thanks to aunt

EAST LYNN — In many ways, Mason Steiner is a typical 2-year-old.

He loves dinosaurs and Nerf guns. He loves getting into things. He loves his big brother, William — and occasionally fights with him, as siblings do.

"If you didn't know about the kidney disease, you wouldn't think anything is wrong with him," mother Holly Steiner, of East Lynn, said of her younger son.

Motorcycle club's bowling tournament to raise funds for C-U at Home

Calling all bowlers who want to have fun while helping the homeless this weekend.

The Blue Crew Motorcycle Club of Central Illinois is hosting a bowling tournament Sunday to benefit the C-U at Home' One Winter Night project, intended to help the homeless in Champaign and Urbana.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 18, 2018

Not everyone is complaining about the latest cold spell. Like VANESSA DUNCAN, who puts on the Polar Plunge in these parts for Special Olympics Illinois.

"Polar Plunge wouldn't work in Florida," she said. "We need it cold."

Area history, Jan. 18, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, a steady flow of coal into famine-stricken districts in the eastern United States was reported by federal fuel administrator Garfield. Even ships that had been waiting for shipments for coal were at sail again.

This day in history, Jan. 18, 2018

Today is Thursday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2018. There are 347 days left in the year.