Polar Plunge 2012

Scenes from the 2012 Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet.

Gearhead: John Dunn

Monticello's John Dunn has been racing his whole life. A few years ago he went professional and runs a funny car that can 243 mph

Polar Plunge 2012

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Mahomet Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Innovation awards honor those 'foolish enough to try'

URBANA — What's the common bond of most innovators and entrepreneurs?

According to Nuvixa founder Sanjay Patel, they're "foolish enough to try things they shouldn't be trying" and have "the stubbornness of mind" to persist in those efforts.

On Thursday, Patel and 10 other entrepreneurial leaders won awards for their work at the seventh annual Innovation Celebration.

Danville commemoration of civil rights legacy slated for Saturday

DANVILLE — Dr. Walker L. Robinson, physician adviser at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, will speak at the 47th Lincoln-Douglass-King Banquet on Saturday.

Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Danville is hosting the banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St., Danville. The ticket donation for the banquet is $25.

Program lets students share their talents, take patients' focus off of stay in hospital

CHAMPAIGN — Sometimes sick kids and their families need more than modern medicine can provide: They need relief from the stress of being in the hospital.

And for stress relief, some say there's nothing like the calming notes of harps.

Journalist Roberts to speak at commencement

CHAMPAIGN — A nationally prominent journalist will again be the keynote speaker for the University of Illinois commencement this spring.

News analyst Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News, will deliver the commencement address at both campuswide ceremonies on May 13 at the Assembly Hall, the UI announced Wednesday.

Urbana council urged to back naming courthouse for Burgess

URBANA — Saying that James R. Burgess was “even-handed” as a prosecutor and “a man of integrity,” supporters asked on Monday night that the city council support renaming the federal courthouse in his honor.

Super-couponing: Store has right to set overage policy

Last week, I answered some frequently asked questions about multiple coupons. In this week's column, another beginner has a question about coupon overage — when the value of a coupon exceeds the cost of the item you're trying to purchase.

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Studio Visit: Bob Watson

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.