C-U authors contributed to new book on motivation

URBANA — Failure is not final but rather pregnant with potential, according to a new book by eight African-American authors.

"The Reinvention Project," a self-published book, features eight chapters contributed by six Champaign-Urbana residents and two other writers.

Area history, June 26, 2015

Today is Friday, June 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Third time's the charm for Number 900

URBANA — Tandra Perkins has given herself a new nickname — T-900.

And she's feeling pretty good about that number, because it marks a milestone at the hospital where she got a new kidney and launched a new life, saying goodbye to 13 years on dialysis.

Top of the morning, June 26, 2015

There was no ESPN coverage (it was still 30 years away). No mock drafts. No trip to New York.

Ted Beach doesn't even remember a phone call. But in 1951, the Indianapolis Olympians selected the former Illini in the seventh round of the 1951 draft.

Census Bureau: Asian population growing here, nationally

The nation's fastest-growing minority is flourishing in Champaign County. New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, due out today, show Asians make up more than 10 percent of our population. More facts and figures:

In death, Wagner enriches life in Danville

DANVILLE — Robert E. Wagner lived a quiet, unassuming life.

He died just as quietly on April 4, 2014, at the age of 89 — not wanting a funeral, visitation or newspaper obituary, just a simple burial next to the graves of his parents and only sibling.

Area history, June 25, 2015

Today is Thursday, June 25, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: The Dystopians

Terry Miller Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans speaks with the band The Dystopians — Reece Niccum (guitar), Ian Clemmons (drums) and Matt Nale (bass).

The Dystopians is a very new band (a youth band), what is the goal for this band? Cover music or original music?

Chinese man planted roots in Rainbow Garden

CHAMPAIGN — Almost 20 years after moving here from China, Zhiyuan Song calls Champaign-Urbana his second home.

"I have a lot of family in Champaign," he said.

But in addition to his wife, children and extended relatives, there's his second family — the customers he's served at Rainbow Garden, the popular restaurant he took over a decade ago.

Top of the morning, June 25, 2015

I invite you to join three local authors — Donna Reed ("My Voice"), Lin Warfel ("Song of the Prairie") and Maureen Holtz ("Allerton Paradise" and "Robert Allerton") — in our downtown lobby at 4:30 p.m. today for a two-hour book-signing event.

Reed's book — her first — is a collection of columns that appeared in The News-Gazette.