Go figure: Jan. 5, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


It was fun while it lasted but ALEX DOZIER's record-long reign as Chief Illiniwek officially ended when he turned in his senior thesis at semester's end.

Top of the morning, Jan. 5, 2016

Monday started the 100-day countdown until Ebertfest No. 18 at the Virginia Theatre.

The lineup of films will be announced later this month, first-year assistant festival director Casey Ludwig said Monday.

Ludwig replaces Mary Susan Britt, who steered the festival for 14 years.

Those Who Served: 'They said I should never have been on active duty'

CHAMPAIGN — Bernard Puglisi could easily have avoided serving as a Marine in Vietnam — in fact, he had to appeal a medical discharge after completing advanced, and dangerous, aviation training.

Puglisi, 72, a Champaign attorney, served five years on active duty and four years as a reserve officer, reaching the rank of major.

Area history, Jan. 4, 2016

In 1916, city directory publisher Charles Samson said that a crew of workers has begun work on the 1916 directory of the twin cities. Samson published his first Champaign-Urbana directory in 1910, and since has done so every two years.

Circulation director passes torch to N-G veteran

CHAMPAIGN — The longtime circulation director for The News-Gazette is retiring, and a veteran of the circulation department with nearly three decades of experience is taking his place.

Getting Personal: Gene Robinson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 60-year-old Champaign resident Gene Robinson, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Robinson also is the Swanlund Chair of Entomology and Neuroscience.


Reluctant Townie: Set for takeoff: Best practices for drones

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that more than 1 million drones were sold during the 2015 holiday season. If, like me, you were one of the million who became a proud owner and operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle, you may have questions about what your rights and responsibilities are as a drone pilot.

Area history, Jan. 3, 2016

In 1916, residents of the twin cities and other communities in Champaign County met yesterday at the University Auditorium and organized the Champaign County Vigilance Committee. The object of the group is to rid the communities of the illicit sellers of liquor and the keepers of vice dens.

Letter from Birdland: Will the water ever go away?

Are the lifeboats provisioned? If this rain keeps up, we may have to set sail from Birdland.

Arctic expedition exhibition

URBANA — The Crocker Land Arctic Expedition of 1913-17, now the subject of a fascinating exhibition at the Spurlock Museum, would make good fodder for an adventure writer.