The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 6, 2016

With Sonia Sotomayor set to speak Monday night at Krannert, we asked area judges: Who's the U.S.

Joyful servant

CHAMPAIGN — As a man of the cloth, Father Joseph Santa-Bibiana sees good in an overwhelming majority of things — from people to nature.

But as Holy Cross' 82-year-old pastor looks out the window of a conference room off his office at the Catholic church, he struggles to find kind words to describe the freezing rain falling sideways on a cold, windy afternoon.

Alice B. McGinty: Warm themes evident in new releases

Now that the new year has gotten a firm foothold, it's time to introduce some 2016 releases. Here are two wonderful new picture books.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

A good number of people turned out for the screening of courageous artist Nina Paley's work in-progress, "Seder-Masochism," her irreverent animated take on Moses and the story of Exodus, at the Art Theater Co-op on Tuesday. The Urbana resident has finished 45 minutes and must complete another 30 or so to make it a feature.

For the retirees, March 6-13, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Hopeful for a bright antiquing future

I do not know what it means to the area's antique markets, but the Jan. 25 issue of USA Today had a column by Hadley Malcolm that said the shares of the auction house Sotheby's had fallen 45 pecent this past year.

Catlin weighs tavern's Sunday request

CATLIN — A request from a tavern owner in Catlin has officials in the Vermilion County village considering joining the majority of area communities in allowing Sunday alcohol sales.

Sandra Mason: Take the purple plunge

Add more color to our diet. Eat our veggies. I doubt chocolate brown and potato-chip beige are what dietitians have in mind. Dark green, red, orange and even purple vegetables are more than willing to do their part to provide color. Eggplant is not the only veggie with a preponderance of purple. Many other vegetables present passage into the passion for purple.

Area history, March 5, 2016

Today is Saturday, March 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 an 15 years ago:

Area update: Champaign considers rules for 'pedal pubs'

CHAMPAIGN — The regulations for so-called "pedal pubs" in Champaign have been laid out and will be considered by the city council on Tuesday night.