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Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Outside's his comfort zone

University of Illinois theater Professor Daniel Sullivan knows a lot about the myriad technical problems of outdoor theater.

After all, he's now directing his eighth Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park play — "King Lear" — at the open-air Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.

For the retirees, July 27-Aug. 3, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Top of the Morning, July 27, 2014

She told me she learned the Pledge of Allegiance more than 50 years ago as a grade-schooler in Atwood.

So I asked Sue Falk if she still remembered the words.

It took her all of eight seconds to prove it, getting from "I pledge" to "justice for all" lickety-split.

Reluctant Townie: I'm starting to develop a fear of flying

This past week was the kind of week I will tell my grandchildren about when I am old and gray, as I recount the tale of how it was socially acceptable to enjoy the music of "Weird Al" Yankovic for exactly eight days in 2014, and what a glorious time it was to be alive on planet Earth, full of gentle ribbing, popular music parody and all-around merriment.

Area history, July 27, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 27, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

New manager solidifies agreement between WILL, WTVP

Ties between WILL public media and a partner TV station in Peoria just got a bit stronger with the hiring of a new executive to oversee both companies.

Open house set for Paxton shops

In the days to come, Robin McNish will have her hands full. She will celebrate her third year in business in Paxton with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1-2.

Vet-assistance group’s funds flying out door

By KEENAN CHEN and CLAIRE EVERETT/CU-CitizenAccess.org

Unable to pay her rent after losing her job, Air Force veteran Anna Robinson turned to the Veterans Assistance Commission in Champaign County last year. She brought her bill to the commission's office and got $744 in financial assistance that same day.

Area history, July 26, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 26, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: