A busy Maher continues to speak his mind

CHAMPAIGN — If you think our local politically correct or incorrect squabbles are at the center of the universe, you should know the original politically incorrect guy has never even heard of them.

Steven Salaita, who is either a betrayed genius academic or an anti-semitic knucklehead to one party or another, is not even a blip on the radar of Bill Maher.

Studio Visit: Gary Beaumont

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist, here with 67-year-old Gary Beaumont. The ceramic artist and retired communication specialist from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How long have you been doing ceramics?

Poundstone's shows are 'like a cocktail party'

Paula Poundstone is a funny lady who can be very serious at times.

Poundstone, who will play the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Saturday, has a book coming out Jan. 17 with the working title of "A Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness."

She's also the author of "There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say."

Getting Personal: Deb Frank Feinen

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Deb Frank Feinen, 48, the mayor of Champaign, a lawyer and a mother of two girls, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Feinen recently took a bun-making 101 class to learn how to put her daughter Cate's hair up for "The Nutcracker." The mayor says she's not a girly girl — "This is tough work for me."

Area history, Nov. 1, 2015

Today is Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 1, 2015

What is that little white vehicle artist Nina Paley is tooling around in (right)?

That is a Dutch Sinner Mango, or velomobile, a recumbent tricycle. It does not have a motor, other than Paley power. She doesn't plan to add an electric assist "because I don't roll that way," she said. "I'm not thinking about it as a car. It's a tricyle."

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 1, 2015

Before we close the books on Halloween ’15, we asked these familiar faces to think back to the most unforgettable costume they ever put on — by choice or mom’s orders.


Standup comic, playing Virginia Theatre on Saturday

Library events, Nov. 1-8, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Senior (building) boom

SAVOY — In a cozy, one-bedroom apartment furnished with some of their longtime belongings and family pictures on the walls, Ralph and Sue Ambler cuddle up next to each other on the couch and reminisce.

For the retirees, Nov. 1-8, 2015

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.