Entertainment listings, June 21-28, 2018


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What: Fair features queen pageant, exhibits, dirt track racing, motocross, truck and tractor pull demo derby, livestock, carnival food and more.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. June 21-24.

Where: Fairgrounds, 1180 East Road, Oakwood.

Cost: Single day pass, $6; family 4 pack bundle, $20; weekly admission pass, $26.

Midtown Crossing developer details his wish list for complex

CHAMPAIGN — By this time next year, Midtown could have a new brewery, distillery and restaurant.

Those, along with 10 upscale apartments, are all part of bar owner Scott Cochrane's plans for his Midtown Crossing project at Chester and Water streets.

Wired In: Eddy Mejia

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different tech entrepreneur. This week, meet EDDY MEJIA, a University of Illinois MBA student, computer engineer and veteran who founded DisplayOne, which sells display solutions for people to showcase and protect their prized possessions.

Champaign council to vote on grants for new Midtown development

CHAMPAIGN — Bar owner Scott Cochrane wants to spend about $1.67 million to renovate a long-vacant building across the street from the former Chester Street Bar.

The Champaign City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to chip in $300,000 in Redevelopment Incentive Program grants.

Microsoft working on automated-checkout technology

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon's new cashier-less stores.

One firm building automated checkout systems, Ava Retail, said Thursday it is working with Microsoft on the technology for physical stores. Both companies have headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Retail sales boom in May, but inflation is lurking

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose by the most in six months in May, a sign that confident consumers are leading a strong economic rebound after a slow start to the year.

Yet with high gas prices and inflation eating away at income gains made by workers, Americans may not be able to maintain this level of spending.

Merger floodgates open after AT&T-Time Warner ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — After AT&T-Time Warner comes the deluge.

Comcast bid $65 billion for Fox's entertainment business Wednesday, a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

Entertainment listings, June 14-21, 2018


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Entertainment listings, June 7-14, 2018


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Rich Warren | Comcast store coming to Market Place Mall

Apple set the standard for single-brand retail stores. Microsoft soon copied Apple, although not as prolifically. Now, Comcast sets up shop. While not compensating for the vacant cavern that once was Bergner's, Comcast will make Market Place Mall more of a destination.