Today is Friday, March 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1915: Voters in the city of Champaign will have the opportunity at next month's city election to decide whether to purchase $22,000 in firefighting apparatus, including a $10,000 ladder truck, a pumping engine, an ambulance and replacement hose.
CHAMPAIGN — A group of seemingly unrelated films — a Rudolph Valentino silent, Judd Apatow alum Jason Segel playing native son David Foster Wallace, a 3D movie by a French New Wave pioneer and a Robert DeNiro collaboration with Chazz Palminteri — might have amused Harold Ramis, to whom this year's Roger Ebert Film Festival is dedicated.
My weekend TV recommendations:
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall," 7 p.m., Bravo
The film's star, Jason Segel, is coming to Ebertfest. Here, he plays a sad sack who gets dumped by his actress girlfriend. Funny scenes, especially those with the usually annoying Russell Brand. Don't worry about Segel's character, who ends up with Mila Kunis.
MAHOMET — After four years at the helm of Mahomet's public works department, Gary LaForge is stepping down.
The public works director told the village board that his last day will be April 10. He's leaving to accept a leadership role at a private civil engineering firm in the Springfield area, he said.
Get to know ... Don Gerard
Home: 1403 W. Green St.
Family: divorced, two children, Will and Chloe, seniors at Champaign Central High School
Occupation: facilities manager for School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois
Academic degrees: high school graduate, 31/2 years of college (University of Illinois, Parkland College)
Today is Thursday, March 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
CHAMPAIGN — The scene will be a royal birthday party, and the actors circled around director Brian Hagy begin offering suggestions on what to include.
They could sing "Happy Birthday." They could do something with Silly String. And how about making one character a royal guard?
Here's your chance to see arena rock in an intimate setting.
Foreigner plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.
More information is at thevirginia.org
Achieving fame is sweet, but it has its dangers as well. What happens when you're no longer in Foreigner? Sometimes good things, sometimes bad. Only leader Mick Jones remains in the band coming to the Virginia Theatre on Sunday. Here's what happened to the rest:
With a new P.A. announcer on the way for UI men's basketball games next season (sports, B-3), I reached out to an old pro for advice. Jim Sheppard, 66, worked the mic at UI basketball and football games for 22 years, phrases like "That's a Three!" striking a chord with fans.
Still living in the area, he'd be interested in returning to his role. "They know my resume," he said.