The #MJs, Feb. 10, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Clergy Corner, Feb. 10, 2017

A path that started with a stretch as an altar boy at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Mo. — and was interrupted in his 20s by addiction to drinking and drugs — continues today for the Rev. ERVIN WILLIAMS, founder of Champaign's Restoration Urban Ministries.

This day in history, Feb. 10, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2017. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Feb. 10, 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.

On this date:

Area history, Feb. 10, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 10, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ex-UI researcher who shared Nobel dies at 83

LONDON (AP) — Physicist Peter Mansfield, a former University of Illinois researcher who won the Nobel Prize for helping to invent MRI scanners, has died at the age of 83.

The University of Nottingham released a statement from Mansfield's family on Thursday confirming his death a day earlier.

Coat exchange open in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — John and Lauren Biggan of Champaign saw a need, acted and now downtown Champaign has an open-air coat exchange for people trying to stay warm in the late winter.

And the Grammys will go to ...


Blue Ridge High School freshman also a published author

FARMER CITY — Ever since she can remember, Kelsey Crowley has been a writer.

"I've always been into making worlds out of words," the Blue Ridge High School freshman says. "It comes naturally to me."

So it was no surprise to her family and close friends that Crowley has published her first novel at just 14 years of age.

Notes-Worthy: Trish Stumborg

C.U. Bands and Fans' TERRY BROWN chats with Vivacious Audio's TRISH STUMBORG:

You are lead vocals in Vivacious Audio; how long has this band around and where did the name come from?

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Fame hasn't gone to his head (w/ video)

CHAMPAIGN — Enjoying a cup of coffee at the Stephens Family YMCA on Wednesday morning, Carl Meyer is greeted by former Illini linebacker Matt Sinclair, who playfully tells him to "stay humble."

As if anyone needs to remind the community stalwart that. The soft-spoken Meyer is as humble as they come.