Letter from Birdland: Recent snowy day felt like a holiday

In Birdland, maybe we've finally rolled over into spring. The day is sunny and warm. After two days of climbing temperatures, the great mounds of snow we had last week are slipping away, a cap of ice on top, so that my feet crunch through a crust as I carry scoops of pellets to the coop and — hallelujah — let the chickens out for the first time since the big freeze that lasted so long.

C-U history lessons via lenses

URBANA — In his varied career as a photographer, Robert McCandless took countless photographs of celebrities, presidents and ordinary people, first in the military and then as a newspaper and portrait photographer.

He also photographed babies for Carle.

It's break time

The great escape.

After a dreary winter of slush and tests, there's that one week of Spring Break, sun and freedom and no locker combinations to remember.

Here are 10 students who each found a different way to mark their spring breaks. Some need the recreation this year; others will refresh themselves by helping others.

Top of the Morning, March 15, 2015

JoAnne Cabutti won't like this part of today's paper.

Because it's about her.

"It's difficult for her to accept credit," Mindy Slack said. "She always turns it around: 'No. no. no — it's not about me, it's about everybody else.' "

Area history, March 14, 2015

Today is Saturday, March 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Diagnosis clears up mystery of what caused amnesia

CHAMPAIGN — The three years of memories that have been erased from Travis Webb's brain may be gone for good, but at least now he knows why.

After waking up one morning this past November with a bizarre case of amnesia and seeing more than a dozen doctors, Webb got a lucky break when a local specialist recognized what was wrong with him.

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2015

Customer service is critical to our mission.

So when I receive a letter like the one subscriber Helen Mardis sent to N-G carrier Eager Brown, it makes my day.

'It keeps the devil that lives within me gone'

URBANA — A year and a half after the former governor signed into law a medical marijuana pilot program, it will be months before the drug is distributed — legally — in Illinois.

Luther Marlow couldn't wait.

Area history, March 13, 2015

Today is Friday, March 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: A husband who is a railroader returned to his Champaign home to find another man in a room with his wife and immediately pounced upon the lover, giving him a severe beating and throwing him down the stairs in the flat over 307 N. Neil St.

Top of the Morning, March 13, 2015

Lucky WDWS listeners who tuned in to Tuesday's Illinois-Chicago State baseball game got a special treat: analysis from the guy who knows the team as well as anyone this side of Dave Loane.

Jeff Huth, who recently retired from The News-Gazette, helped Loane call the Illinois win.

He covered the Illinois baseball team for 34 years and wanted to stay involved in the sport.