Cubs' playoff push a home run for business

CHAMPAIGN — Don't like the Cubs? Can't stand the sight of Cubbie blue and all things North Siders? Then steer clear of MC Sports inside Market Place Mall.

Letters from Birdland: Wisconsin trip offers a little barn inspiration

It's a chill morning in Birdland, and we walk back and forth, back and forth to the car. The dogs know something's up.

We see clouds of dust rising from the far western field. Jim and Sean are already out harvesting the beans. The shaved corn fields are golden in the morning sun.

Exceptional exhibits: Five unique museums in Illinois

Looking for a museum that's off the beaten path, or perhaps you've never heard of? Here are five unique ones in Illinois — and two are right in C-U's backyard — courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli. Know of another can't-miss museum?

Wired In: Landon Frye

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, LANDON FRYE, 27, who earned a degree in agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. He's now the market manager of Granular, which started in San Francisco and opened an office in Champaign last year.

Reluctant Townie: The seven-year sitch: Don't give advice

I would like to take a moment to wish my wife a happy anniversary, since it is occurring this week, and should I otherwise forget to acknowledge its passing, I will need to count on this paragraph to serve as a notarized stay of execution.

Getting Personal: Ruby Mendenhall

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Ruby Mendenhall chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Mendenhall, who has many interests, is an associate professor in sociology, African American studies, urban and regional planning, and social work at the University of Illinois.

John Roska: New law decriminalizes marijuana, but that doesn't mean it's legal

Q: How does the new marijuana law work? Does it legalize marijuana use in Illinois?

A: The new law doesn't legalize marijuana. It "decriminalizes" possession of small amounts, by eliminating the possibility of jail time. Now, it's a civil offense, with a small fine, like a traffic ticket.

Film on USS Indianapolis disaster to be shown Oct. 22 at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — A documentary about a World War II disaster at sea that features local survivors will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Admission is free for veterans and service members, and University of Illinois ROTC program members will attend.

WorkSource dedicates Hegeler-funded building expansion

DANVILLE — About 20 years ago, WorkSource Enterprises was facing tough financial times, and officials at the agency, which has long served people with disabilities, weren't sure they could even meet payroll.

Area history, Oct. 15, 2016

Today is Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, Colgate's red-sweatered warriors defeated Zuppke's Illini by a score of 15-3 Saturday. It was the first defeat for the Orange and Blue since 1913, but Colgate earned its victory.