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News agencies seek details on tool feds used to unlock iPhone

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters.

Whatever happened to ... pay phones

Pay phones used to be a common sight. But now, even in the places they still exist, hardly anyone uses them.

The Illinois Terminal in Champaign has three — two on the first floor and one on the second — that aren't drawing much business.

"I haven't seen anybody on them all day long," Illinois Terminal Director Stu Smith said.

Whatever happened to ... this modern marvel?

URBANA — The next time you pick up that supercomputer in your pocket, take a moment to consider its famous ancestor at the University of the Illinois.

The Illinois Automatic Computer, dubbed ILLIAC, went online in 1952, one of the first computers built with a design that is now ubiquitous in the computing world.

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.

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.

Ask 'Mimi,' Feb. 19, 2017

Does Parkland College have alumna Alicia Henry's student work on display as part of its purchase award program?

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:

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Ben Folds visiting the Canopy Club

Pianist Ben Folds, with vocalist Kadhja Bonet, will perform Saturday night at The Canopy Club in Urbana.

The show is sold out, but VIP tickets are available.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

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