Ask 'Mimi' Sept. 21, 2014

Mimi, did you go to the Rosanne Cash show at Krannert last weekend?

Reluctant Townie: The decline of my recliner

A couple of weeks ago, I used this column to make my feelings about the fall season known to the world (or at least East Central Illinois), and it appears that autumn got the message, because it has since done its very best to give me the reciprocal middle finger — and it's reached its bony arm throug

Business and professional briefs, Sept. 21, 2014

New jobs

Johnson to manage Fehr Graham office. Matthew Johnson has been appointed branch manager of the Fehr Graham engineering and environmental office in Champaign.

Doug Wilson is ready to tackle some new challenges

After acting in university and community theater productions here, Broadlands native Doug Wilson moved to New York to break into show business.

To support himself he worked as a handyman. Eventually he built a clientele that included Michael Bloomberg before he became mayor — for seven years Wilson maintained his Upper East Side townhouse.

Melissa Merli: Powers' spirits up in face of hard times

For the past 13 years J. Michael Powers has been a sort of Father Time fixture at the farmers' market in Urbana, maintaining a steady beat as a one-man percussion ensemble.

Hey bartender: At 84, Brass Rail owner has his routine down

Editor's note: This story kicks off our series of profiles highlighting Active Aging Week, which started Saturday and runs through Friday. Coming Monday: A look at an 80-year-old MTD driver, Franklin Delano Longfellow.

Letter from Birdland: Feathered friends

In Birdland, we're getting hints of autumn already. Broad hints. Fifty-degree hints.

The chill is in the air, and the daylight hours are shrinking fast. Oh, I like it, but it's a sobering reminder that summer doesn't last forever.

Leaves haven't started turning yet, and we still have some black-eyed Susans. The dark red chrysanthemums are blooming, but the sedum is in its glory.

Getting Personal: Peggy Patten

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 59-year-old Urbana resident Peggy Patten chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Patten retired June 30 after working for 30-some years in early childhood education as a teacher and a teacher educator. She spent most of those years at the University of Illinois.

Studio Visit: Melonie Mulkey

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melonie Mulkey of Champaign chats with Melissa Merli. Mulkey is a sculptor and photographer whose work is part of the two-person exhibition "A Little Touched, But Otherwise Alright" on view through Oct. 4 at Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St., C.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 21, 2014

In the case of Salaita v. University of Illinois, Alan Dershowitz finds for the defendant. "It will be uphill for (Salaita) to prevail," the lawyer who represented Mike Tyson, Claus von Bulow and Patty Hearst tells The News-Gazette.