Richard J. Leskosky: A fun evening with a comedic legend

In October, John Cleese and Eric Idle toured in a sit-down talk show, "John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time," with half of their 22 shows in Florida so that, they claimed, they could score a free vacation, as England is so dreary in October.

Rob Kanter: Beavers again common in the Prairie State

On a recent walk at River Bend Forest Preserve, someone I met on the trail asked if I knew a good place in Illinois to see beavers. After a moment's thought, I answered, "Anywhere," because there are unmistakable signs of them in so many places.

Top of the morning, Nov. 30, 2015: From the archives

Funny how some things play out.

Consider the Virginia Theatre marquee.

Five years ago today, it was front-page news that members of the Champaign Park Board were starting to make decisions on the design of a new marquee for the historic theater in downtown Champaign.

Just two weeks earlier, the 1940s-era marquee had been removed from the building.

Those Who Served: For St. Joseph vet, WWII 'not something I can talk about'

ST. JOSEPH — Bruce Voges enlisted in the Navy in 1944 at the age of 17, landed Marines from a small craft on Iwo Jima and Okinawa, witnessed atom-bomb testing and, at the age of 74, brought a restored LST home from Greece.

Voges, 89, served on a Landing Ship Tank, a 328-foot-long vessel designed to take troops, vehicles and cargo directly onto the shore.

Area history, Nov. 29, 2015

Today is Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Arrangements have been completed transferring controlling interest in the Home Telephone Co. of Champaign from Julius and Herman Kiper of Chicago to Frank Woods of Lincoln, Neb. and Manford Savage of Champaign. Savage will be the company's new president.

Don Follis: First Sunday of Advent starts at the very end of time

On this First Sunday of Advent we start at the end — the very end. The gospel reading for this Sunday is from Luke chapter 21 where Jesus is teaching on the temple precincts in Jerusalem. He tells his disciples what to expect in the future, both the near and distant future.

Arena ready for its close-up

CHAMPAIGN — The construction dust has settled, the new Lou Henson court is in place and the arena is awash in cushy Illini orange and blue.

"State Farm Center Renovation: Phase 4" will debut at Wednesday's true Illini home opener against Notre Dame, and fans who paid a pretty penny for their new seats are eager to see the new digs.

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 29, 2015

Is former Champaign resident Dylan Minnette in the "Goosebumps" movie?

Business listings, Nov. 29, 2015

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

Do Re Mi Data, 1705 Melrose Village Circle, Apt. 821A, U, Sarah Chen, same address.

Luxury Nail, 115 Calvin St., Savoy, Hung Diep, 3213 Katie Lynn Drive, C.

SAGES Quizbowl Questions, 2516 Fields South Drive, Apt. 205, C, Alexander Dzurick, same address.