Music Q&A: Marissa Nadler

This week, Paul Wood chats with Marissa Nadler, whose latest recording is "July." She appears at Mike N Molly's on July 17.

I've heard your music described as "dream folk." Did you invent the genre?

Top of the Morning, July 3, 2014

They've performed at Soldier Field and the Rose Bowl. But for local band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, playing on July 4th in Champaign is as good a gig as it gets.

"There's no better place in the universe to be," band member Roger Prillaman said.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy's top 2 sites hit by attacks

According to an article in the online Genealogy in Time Magazine Newsletter (June 21, 2014), and Find A Grave both experienced extended website outages recently. They were flooded with fake traffic in what is known as a distributed denial of service attack, a method popular with Internet pirates.

Ebert statue back for good

As the statue of Roger Ebert comes back for good:

UHS alumni group sets planning meeting

URBANA — The Urbana High School Alumni Association will have a planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 8 at Bunny's Tavern in downtown Urbana to plan the alumni homecoming event in October.

The annual event on Oct. 3 will be for alumni of all classes and take place at the same time as the school's homecoming.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Multiple medalists

Caleb Crede of Urbana and Emily Eisenmenger of Tolono won multiple medals with Team Illinois at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

Crede, competing in aquatics, earned a gold medal in the 100 relay, silver in the 25-yard breaststroke, a bronze n the 100 freestyle and finished fourth in the 50 backstroke.

Youths in the news, July 2, 2014

Celebrating the achievements and accolades of young adults in East Central Illinois. 

Volunteering impact

Three area youths have been recognized by the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact in their communities though volunteering.

My Amish Home: Dreaming of a patio while canning

"The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination of the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant words. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous." Proverbs 15:26, 27, 29

Area history, July 2, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Slice of Life: The nose knows


CHAMPAIGN — Thad Morrow swirls the wine glass in tight circles in his right hand. Exposed to the air's oxygen, the dark red 2010 Marsannay Pinot Noir bubbles and comes to life — at least for a palate as sophisticated as Morrow's.