Back-to-school event features unlikely pairing

HOMER — It's not often that you hear of an event headlined by a former Miss America and a former WWE superstar — in a village of 1,193, no less.

UHS junior seeks smoother trash hauling routine

URBANA — If you've ever been awakened before dawn by the beep-beep-beep of a truck in reverse or the piercing clank of machinery outside your window, you probably know that the trash hauling business in Champaign-Urbana is not so orderly.

Area history, Aug. 15, 2014

Today is Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 15, 2014

The cover of Wednesday's New York Daily News — devoted to Robin Williams' death — left Rich Martin, the head of the UI journalism department, shaking his head. The Daily News used a banner head under Williams' face that read "HANGED" and used four subheads revealing details about the suicide and Williams' personal struggles.

Jim Dey: Nelson caught in debate's crossfire

Prof takes heat for stand on nonhiring

As he crossed Washington, D.C., in a cab to his next appointment, Cary Nelson was remarkably circumspect about being caught in the crossfire of an academic food fight that he didn't start.

Rich Warren: Collectors spinning a profit with turntables

Cleaning out vintage audio components cluttering your basement or attic?

One reader expressed curiosity about whether old electronics retain any value.

"Do you have any idea of the second-hand value of a hi-fi system consisting of a Dynaco pre-amp, power-amp and FM tuner, kit-built and all tube, with a Thorens turntable and Shure SME arm, with 2 ARX speakers from 1968?"

Salute to veterans: Anzelmo saw war up close

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CHAMPAIGN — Carlo Anzelmo drives a Korean car.

To him, the Hyundai is a reminder of how South Korea was when he spent 16 months there — sometimes under mortar fire — and how it is now.

"Seoul is so prosperous now. It's so different from how it was in the war," he says.

Area history, Aug. 14, 2014

Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Music Q&A: Cole Rabenort of the Fights

This week, Paul Wood chats with Cole Rabenort of the Fights, which also includes Clayton Deering, Nicholas Stine, David Pride and Joe Gerard. They've just released "Off Your Horse" on Parasol Records

Tell us about "Off Your Horse," your first full-length album.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 14, 2014

The star of Sunday's Hymn Festival in Gibson City is on the tall side, a bit overweight and is as popular as the town's high school football team.

While you might have to squeeze into a pew at United Methodist Church to get a good look at the monstrous 100-year-old Moller pipe organ, you could be strolling Sangamon Avenue and still hear it.