Reluctant Townie: A tale of two 'Christmas Vacations'

Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season to Midwesterners of a certain age (younger than the senior discount at McDonald's, older than the free Wi-Fi) like the 1989 film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Prosthetics project lands UI student scholarship for London

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student who launched a project to provide prosthetic arms to amputees in developing countries has won a prestigious scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

Jonathan Naber, 23, of Waterloo was one of about 40 students in the U.S. selected as Marshall Scholars.

Studio Visit: Eszter Sápi

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Eszter Sápi.

Q: I read that your artwork concerns immigration and the gay experience. Did you and your family immigrate to the United States?

Getting Personal: Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessey

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Mary Ellen O'Shaugnessey, who recently retired from the University of Illinois, where she was the executive assistant dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. 

Life Remembered: Priest made everyone feel special

RANTOUL — The Rev. Stanley Malinowski loved football. He loved the outdoors. But he loved people even more, according to Carolyn Taylor, who worked with him at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Rantoul for 25 years.

Rantoul and Thomasboro area residents are mourning the death of Father Malinowski — a man who many say had the knack of making everyone feel special.

Drug court has turned his life around

CHAMPAIGN — More than a year ago, Roscoe Brown Jr. found himself sitting in jail for theft after spending 40 years of his life abusing drugs.

Brown longed for a way to make a change in his life when his attorney, Amanda Riess, told him about the Champaign County Drug Court program. Brown went before Judge Heidi Ladd, who approved his participation in the program.

Hardy's a part of state lottery commercial

RANTOUL — Illinois Lottery officials will use a tourist site that draws visitors to the Rantoul area to draw interest to the lottery.

17th Annual Festival of Trees

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's 17th Annual Festival of Trees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.


Ninety Miles at KCPA

Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris on vibes, Nicholas Payton on trumpet & David Sánchez on saxophone on Sanchez  in the Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

Reluctant Townie: How to spot a midlife monkey crisis

Last month, the American journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (which I will have to take on good faith is an actual thing) published a study that claims chimpanzees and orangutans suffer from midlife crisis.