Top of the Morning, Feb. 14, 2014

The Olympic ban continues. But even though you can't write about a topic, you can still watch. And we have been, hour after hour. Enough to see Bob Costas in his Harry Potter glasses before he wisely took a break. Enough to realize the Dutch like the color orange. Enough to know the U.S. isn't as dominant in men's snowboarding, dude.

Student show at Union on hiatus

URBANA — If you planned to take in Esteban Gast's Illini Showcase talk show today at the Illini Union, hold your horses.

The live show in late-night talk-show format is on hiatus.

"It's been postponed until further notice," said Juan Acevedo, programming coordinator at the Illini Union, adding that he was not speaking on behalf of the university.

Area history, Feb. 14, 2014

Today is Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Illini Showcase offers mix of comedy, music and news

Editor's note: Esteban Gast's Illini Showcase is on hiatus but he hopes to be back on the set soon.

All budding talk-show host Esteban Gast needs is a desk and a mug of ... whatever it is TV talk-show hosts drink.

VFW honors Villa Grove teacher with state award

Villa Grove social studies teacher Kyle Osborne has been recognized as the state's Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award winner for the high school level.

Area history, Feb.13, 2014

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EDC will keep finalists' names private

CHAMPAIGN — A new executive director for the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. is expected to be chosen in March and on the job in April.

But finalists for the job won't be introduced to the community before a selection is made.

Bitter cold? Gone fishing!

OAKWOOD — Believe it or not, some central Illinoisans have loved spending hours outdoors in this woeful winter weather of ours.

Sound fishy?

It is.

Ice fishy.

While the bone-chilling cold has meant a lot more school snow days than usual, it's also meant a lot more prime ice fishing days.

Jim Dey: Ex-Big Ten player pushing for Congress, pressing the president

When you're a political outsider, you have to rely on the outside shot. Or, to put it another way, when you're on your own, you have to bust the zone.

At least that's what former Purdue University men's basketball player Curt Clawson decided when he hit upon an unusual way to announce he's running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida.

John Frayne: CUSO delights audience with program, performance

The Feb. 1 concert by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, led by Stephen Alltop, presented a delightful piano concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a polished and stylish solo performance by pianist James Giles.