Those Who Served: Champaign family became literal brothers in arms

Today is Pearl Harbor Day, the 74th anniversary of the Japanese Imperial navy's devastating sneak attack on a U.S. naval base in Hawaii that caused Congress to declare war on Japan the next day, marking the beginning of U.S. involvement in World War II.

Top of the morning, Dec. 7, 2015

How much holiday spirit does your town have?

I hit a lot of downtowns this year, driving and shooting video for our weekly "Where Am I" segments — Catlin, Champaign, Danville, Monticello, Tuscola, Thomasboro, Urbana and Villa Grove.

But that was during warm weather. Now I'm looking for a reason to bundle up and hit one or more of these towns again.

'Gibraltar of the North' a great place to explore

By Vivienne Mackie

Sometimes it's nice to visit a well-known city, like Paris, London, Rome or Jerusalem. But other times, it's fun to visit one that is not at the top of tourist lists. That way, you get to see new buildings, lovely architecture and historical sights without the sometimes-oppressive crowds.

Area history, Dec. 6, 2015

Today is Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: 

In 1915: Charles Ashbrook was released from the Champaign city jail — after three months' confinement there — to the Champaign County Jail. The former police officer and fish dealer was charged with a state count of bootlegging.

Studio Visit: Austin Duncan

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Austin Duncan, 24, of Champaign. Duncan, a Parkland College student, musician and part-time sound engineer at WDWS Radio, recently chatted with Melissa Merli.

What will you be doing Friday at Mike N Molly's?

Letter from Birdland: Taking a little time to respond to readers

It's damp in Birdland, but yesterday's drizzle seems to be taking a breather. The sky, though, is full of low-hanging clouds, and the dogs are just as happy to lie around inside on their respective pillows.

Ask 'Mimi,' Dec. 6, 2015

Is Andy Warfel designing sets for the climate change conference in Paris?

Sort of. The former Champaign resident is in Paris, working with the NYC-based Production Glue on the set for the third annual C40 Cities Awards ceremony, honoring leaders in urban sustainability.

St. Patrick: Room to grow

URBANA — As the drywall came down at historic St. Patrick Catholic Church, a small miracle: stained-glass windows that had been covered up for decades.

"It was amazing to see what had been covered up," said Father Joseph Hogan, who helped oversee renovation and expansion of the 1901 church.

For the retirees, Dec. 6-13, 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.

Mass appeal

CHAMPAIGN — Actor Jim Dobbs didn't have to acquire much for the nun's costume he'll wear as Mother Superior in "Nunsense."

"This is my Edna equipment from when I did 'Hairspray,'" he said, lifting his fake bosom as costumer Esther Nixon adjusted his veil.