Area history, Aug. 3, 2015

In 1915, Urbana Mayor O.L. Browder again appointed Thomas Long chief of police, and again the council refused to confirm, by a vote of 6 to 2.

Those Who Served: USS Idaho's guns 'really turned those docks into splinters'

OGDEN — Dale Sullivan never found out why the Japanese lit up his battleship with flares one night in the South Pacific.

Once, a Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bomber lit up topside, and the crew waited for an attack that never came.

"You could read a newspaper by the flares topside," he says.

Studio Visit: Mark Enslin

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Mark Enslin, 59, of Urbana, a composer, performer, activist and teacher, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

You are involved in so many creative activities. What was the first one you took up?

Getting Personal: Jeffrey Brown

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Jeffrey Brown, 47, of Champaign chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 2, 2015

How much longer do the Friday Night Live events last this summer?

Four more. Despite this summer's fickle weather, 40 North 88 West has had to cancel only one Friday Night Live, which features local music acts at three outside locations in downtown Champaign.

Business listings, Aug. 2, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Afrimart, 3102 Old Warson Road, C, by John Chuzu, same address, and Kennedy Mushika, 1902 Karen Court, #6, C.

Bravo Music Services, 907 W. Marketview Drive, Suite 10 #340, C, Chen-Yu Huang, 102 N. Lincoln Ave., #4, U.

Book offers strategy for seeking serenity

"Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules For Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety" by Amanda Enayati is a terrific book for everyone who feels stressed out about anything. It offers science and research on the effects of stress as well as self-help advice and even better, practical lifestyle changes.

Don Follis: Give someone the privilege of feeling loved

A new pastor in his first month of service got me cornered in one of my favorite coffee shops last week. "All right, you've been at this ministry thing a long time. What's the magic bullet?"

"The magic bullet?" I asked.

"Yeah," he said. "What's your go to? What's the one thing you return to over and over when ministering to people?"

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 2, 2015

We asked this week's panel of 10: What's the story behind the name of your brand, band, book or bloodhound?


UI faculty lecturer, on her Twitter handle — @sciencegoddess

Reluctant Townie: The heat is on, and the inhibitions are off

The central air in my house stopped functioning last week, on my wife's birthday no less, which also coincided with one of the hottest days of the summer. I hesitate to say that the air conditioning broke — for if I so much as utter that word in my subconscious, my wife will intercept the thought and finally make good on her threat to "call a professional."