Letter from Birdland: Wonderful experiences in nation's capital

We left Birdland this week to drive across the country to the nation's capital.

I was heading to a writers' conference, and Michael went along for the ride. My husband is always up for a road-trip adventure.

We drove across the prairie into the sunrise and were in the mountains by the time the sun was overhead.

Whatever happened to ... UFO sightings

Although UFO sightings are down from their peak years, voyagers from space are still among us, and there's video over Champaign to prove it.

The skies here have had decades of brightly lit flying objects, to go by News-Gazette clippings.

Wired In: Mayank Kale

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet MAYANK KALE, 21, a senior in computer science at the University of Illinois and founder of Invoq Health.

The Reluctant Townie: Updating your résumé for White House job

On Monday, Michael Flynn resigned from his appointed position as national security adviser after news outlets reported that he had communicated with high-ranking Russian officials in December about reversing sanctions the Obama administration had imposed in the wake of an intelligence report about Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

For the retirees, Feb. 19-25, 2017

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.

Rich Warren: A question about varying TV picture sizes

TV used to be so square. We've become so accustomed to wide screens that the old 4:3 aspect ratio seems as quaint as old sepia photographs. Yet, sometimes even on our new 16:9 widescreen TVs, pictures don't always fill the screen.

Here's a reader query about that:

John Roska: Wage assignments can be revoked at any time

Q: I got a notice in the mail saying my employer would start making deductions from my wages because of a wage assignment. It said I could revoke it. If I do, can anything bad happen?

A: No. You'll still owe the debt, and could be sued. But you can't be punished for revoking a wage assignment, and it won't increase what you owe.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 19, 2017

Whatever happened to ... State champion Hickory High School's gym

This day in history, Feb. 19, 2017

Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2017. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Area history, Feb. 19, 2017

Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, more and more voters in Champaign were announcing their support for the commission form of government. The Loyal Women's Class of the University Place Church expressed its preference for the commission form, which was to be on the Feb. 20 ballot in the city.