Wired In: Mani Golparvar

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, MANI GOLPARVAR, CEO and co-founder of Reconstruct Inc. At 35, he's an associate professor, Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow and Excellence Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois's engineering schools.

The Reluctant Townie: The Campustown shooting and beyond

It seems negligent for me to write a Reluctant Townie column this week without mentioning the Campustown shooting last weekend. There isn't a humorous angle for me to approach this topic, at least as far as I can presently see.

Getting Personal: Joaquin Vieira

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 38-year-old Champaign resident Joaquin Vieira talks with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood about his career in astronomy at the University of Illinois, where he leads Astronomy On Tap, and setting up a telescope at the South Pole.

Tell us about Astronomy On Tap.

Area history, Oct. 1, 2016

Today is Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Space on monument to Olympians, Paralympians has filled up fast

CHAMPAIGN — With five new medal-winning athletes, the Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Monument is running out of space for names.

"And that's good news," says Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce.

Weekend Planner: Let the sunshine in

For the fourth time, the Willenbrock home in Champaign will be part of the 10th annual Illinois Solar Tour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Scott Willenbrock, a University of Illinois physics professor, looks forward to it again. And so does his mutt, Coco, the friendliest dog you'll meet.

The #MJs, Sept. 30, 2016

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Religion calendar, Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2016

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Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


What's in a name: Yankee Ridge Elementary in Urbana

First-year Yankee Ridge Elementary School Principal Brian Anderson was once a student walking the very halls he's in charge of today. To this day, he's still looking for the ridge.

"It's pretty flat here in central Illinois," he said.

His school, though, was founded in 1875 by a group of Yankee settlers from New England.

One of courthouse's bright spots heading into sunset

URBANA — In the midst of the sadness attendant with criminality, there's been a constant bright spot at the Champaign County Courthouse for the last 33 years.

That's Bill May, who for 30 years has served as the public service work coordinator for the Champaign County Court Services department.