Top of the morning, April 12, 2016

The circus was in town Monday. The Chicken Whisperer is on deck.

Andy Schneider, touted as "the go-to guy for anything chickens," will take your poultry questions April 20 at FS Farmtown in Urbana (reserve seats by calling 217-384-8303). He answered ours over the weekend:

Three things I need to get started before raising backyard chickens?

Those Who Served: WWII sailor 'so thankful for the atom bombs'

CHAMPAIGN — Morris Hecker was bombed and strafed on his LST — an acronym that he jokes stands for "Long, Slow Target."

Landing Ship Tanks were boats that delivered men and materiel in beach landings under fire, and Hecker saw more than his share of them.

Area history, April 11, 2016

In 1916, a preliminary statement on the census of Danville showed that manufacturing there had grown, as had the number of people employed in manufacturing. The number of industrial plants in the city grew from 76 to 100 between 1910 and 1914. The number of employees grew from 2,044 to 2,481.

Business listings, April 10, 2016

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

Beautiful Balance Salon & Spa, 109 N. Main St., St. Joseph, Pamela Wells, 803 E. Douglas St., St. Joseph.

CI Healthy Vending, 1304 Woodland Court, Mahomet, Paulette Sullivan, same address.

2016 Ebertfest Primer

CHAMPAIGN — The buzzword for Roger Ebert's Film Festival: diversity.

The annual event has always strived for that but is paying particular attention to it this year, following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

2016 Ebertfest schedule

After Tuesday's 7 p.m. screening of "Everybody Wants Some!!" at Foellinger Auditorium, it's showtime at the Virginia in downtown Champaign. The 12-film lineup for Ebertfest 18:

'Titan of the Telecaster' coming to Rose Bowl

URBANA — Bill Kirchen plays the Rose Bowl Tavern April 16 with another guitar god, Redd Volkaert.

Kirchen, a Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter, is probably best known for the six-string work that powers the Commander Cody classic "Hot Rod Lincoln." The song made it into the Top Ten in 1971, a distinction for a song that's been around since 1955.

Studio Visit: Caitlin Skelcey

Caitlin Skelcey, 27, of Urbana is a second-year master's of fine arts degree candidate in the metals program at the University of Illinois.

Do you make all your jewelry using a 3-D printer?

Area history, April 10, 2016

Today is Sunday, April 10, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Reluctant Townie: What we know about the Panama Papers

Last week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a collection of millions of financial documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm. The 2.6 terabytes of data, which span over 40 years worth of the company's records, have been dubbed "The Panama Papers." It's the largest leak of its kind in history.