Today is Sunday, July 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
Thirty years ago in the back of a coffee shop where I hung out with my coffee, Bible and journal at 6 a.m., I developed an unexpected relationship with a construction worker nearing retirement. While I'm not sure he ever knew it, he got me thinking about my own emotional well-being in ways that I have been exploring ever since.
We asked 10 grown-ups: What's the roughest, toughest summer job you had growing up?
1995 News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year
In Birdland, we've had good soaking rains almost every day. Normally, that's welcome this time of year, but today's clear skies and sunshine are more welcome.
Maybe these mild dancing breezes will take up some of the moisture that lies in the fields and the gardens.
All is green and blooming though, and today the humidity is low and the air is sweet.
Q: How many court dates will there be if I file for bankruptcy? What happens at those court dates? What can I expect at those court dates? What are the steps?
A: In a routine "Chapter 7" bankruptcy, there's only one appearance, for the "meeting of creditors." They're held lots of different places, so it's not necessarily a "court" date.
Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 84-year-old Champaign resident Rudy Frasca, who was the grand marshal in Saturday's Champaign County Freedom Celebration Parade, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.
'Magic Flute' presentation
Grand opera returns to the prairie this weekend for the 13th year with the Watseka-based Sugar Creek Opera's presentation of "The Magic Flute" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clifton High School's Harold and Jean Minor Auditorium, about an hour north of Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN — Powerhouse vocalist Sara Hall and her band Upshot were based in major cities — Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Los Angeles — before they moved to Champaign two years ago.
It wasn't as if the funk-blues-rock band that played a July 4th show at Navy Pier in Chicago wanted to slow down.
Happy hangover, America! Hope you found time yesterday to blow some stuff up real good while wearing your American flag T-shirt with the cut-off sleeves and matching booty shorts. Don't worry about what everybody else says — it's totally you.