Area history, April 12, 2015

Today is Sunday, April 12, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Where's James Ponsoldt going after his film screens at Eberfest? Take a guess.

James Ponsoldt never met Roger Ebert, but while he's here at the Roger Ebert Film Festival to show his film about native genius David Foster Wallace, he's going to pay the late critic a fitting tribute.

"I'm going to Steak 'n Shake after the screening," said the director.

Tom Kacich: Gerard talks election, future

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Don Gerard's re-election campaign already was on the ropes, but the big turnout generated by the $144 million Champaign schools bond issue delivered an early knockout punch to his mayoral hopes.

A wild ride: An 11-day trip to Tanzania

By Karen Walker

A 2011 visit to a safari camp in South Africa introduced me and my husband, Mike Halvorsen, to the fascinating experience of spotting wildlife and witnessing the drama of their lives in their natural habitats. We were eager to try a longer safari, so we asked our friends Rod and Jeannine Bertsch to join us for an 11-day trip to Tanzania last November.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 12, 2015

It's a tradition unlike any other — shanking a tee shot so bad, your playing partners can't contain themselves. It happens to even the area's finest golfers. These are their stories.


Superintendent/GM, Stone Creek Golf Club

Reluctant Townie: 2 vs. 3: Independent child sounding off

The main difference between a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old is that the 2-year-old will throw a hysterical, screaming fit in the footwear department at Kohl's, while the 3-year-old will turn around, without prompt, and tell her 8-months-pregnant mother, "Pretty soon, I'm gonna be big and I'm not going to need you any more."

Getting Personal: Carlo and Peggy Anzelmo

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Carlo Anzelmo, 82, and his wife, Peggy, 76, chat with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Carlo retired from the food industry 20 years ago, and Peggy retired from the Champaign Public Library in 2008.

Studio Visit: Molly O'Roark

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, University of Illinois student Molly O'Roark chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. O'Roark is finishing a master's degree in harp performance and will work on her doctoral of musical arts degree here as well.

Did you come here to study with Ann Yeung?

Top of the morning, April 12, 2015

I'm used to seeing Vashoune Russell in his role as Urbana High's animated varsity basketball coach, pacing and yelling and cajoling. So imagine my surprise when I saw him at this weekend's Boneyard Arts Festival, gently showing off his collection of photographs in downtown Champaign.

"I'm usually the angry guy on the sidelines," he said. "This is showing another side of me."