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Could the Fischer once again become king?

DANVILLE — As does the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, the even older Fischer Theatre in Danville virtually stores the memories of countless folks.

One is Marvin Blanton, who worked as an usher at the busy Fischer in 1950-51, before most Americans would have televisions in their living rooms.

Studio Visit: Veronica Pham

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artis. Veronica Pham, a University of Illinois graduating senior in painting from Gurnee and Eden Prairie, Minn., recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What will you do now?

Getting Personal: Sami Anderson

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Sami Anderson, a 37-year-old Champaign lawyer, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Anderson is leading the development of a blog titled Girlfriends in Caregiving, where short, humorous and inspiring stories from caregivers are shared.

Did you grow up around here?

For the retirees, May 10-17, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Walt Robb: Worth the risk

Walt Robb, who received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951 and went on lead GE Medical Systems, has written a book "Taking Risks: Getting Ahead in Business and Life."

Area history, May 10, 2015

Today is Sunday, May 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Here's what's happening on the library scene

U.S. archivist in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — David Ferriero, official archivist of the United States, will speak on Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum,

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 10, 2015

BRIAN COOK
2003 Big Ten Player of the Year, Illini basketball All-Century Team member

The gift of hope

HOMER — On the really tough days, Lauri Umbarger looks for comfort outside. Especially on May 6, the day her son Brandon came into the world in a hurry, a towhead with an infectious grin who loved nothing more than hanging at home with his family.

Up for some fun?

CHAMPAIGN — VIP tickets are on sale now for "That's What She Said," a show in mid-October that will be anchored by a three-day She Said Lady Fest, with events for girls and women mainly in downtown Champaign.