5 faces behind the scenes of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Somebody has to run next weekend's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon operation while everybody else is running. We found five faces who keep runners and spectators happy.

Sounds good

Pat Mills is a veteran runner, but for the marathon he'll be Mr. Music.

Reluctant Townie: Health alert: Don't catch the pornos

On Tuesday, Utah took a bold step and became the first state in the nation to declare pornography a public health hazard.

Signs that you have been infected with a case of the pornos include heavy breathing, pallid complexion and excessively checking over your shoulder to make sure your wife isn't standing in the doorway.

Getting Personal: Jessica Sempek

Here, 35-year-old Hoopeston resident Jessica Sempek, who heads up Hospice Hearts, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. She founded the animal rescue group, serving pets whose owners are no longer able to take care of them due to nursing home admission, illness or death.

What interests you most right now?

Flush with amenities

URBANA — A petite vanity, a sink with hot and cold running water, a mirror for primping and, oh my, a flushing toilet.

This is not your parents' port-a-potty.

Not even close.

"People say 'portable toilets, yuck,'" said Michelle Van Wynen, with Urbana-based Gulliford Services/Illinois Portable Toilets.

For the retirees, April 24-May 1, 2016

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.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 24, 2016

Is Rebecca McBride retiring from Krannert Center?

Yes, her last day will be May 2. The senior associate director has had a "tremendous influence on a lot of things: public engagement, sustainability, Ellnora: The Guitar Festival," said Bridget Lee-Calfas, Krannert's advertising and publicity director.

Wired for worship

If you're headed to East Bend Mennonite Church this morning, don't forget your iPhone.

Or your iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple Watch or laptop. It'll come in handy.

C-U haiku, April 24, 2016


Poetry is not

a spectator sport

Try this ancient art

— University Primary School student Ankita Bhargava, 9, of Urbana

Top of the morning, April 24, 2016

Chemotherapy treatments have kept Dr. Michael Hammer from sitting at the piano — but not thinking about it.

"I can still imagine myself playing," he said. "It's all in my head."

Sandra Mason: Spring showoffs

I'm a Midwestern girl. No other time of year stirs my deeply rooted heritage than in spring. Bodacious blooms abound. From bluebells to crabapples, every plant appears to join me in a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of a new season.