Top of the Morning, April 23, 2018

Though our online comments are gone, reader engagement lives on, as evidenced by the reaction to a recent missive from one of them.

Wired In: Ujjval Patel

Each week, Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference maker. Meet UJJVAL PATEL a vice president at Synchrony, a huge credit card company, working with University of Illinois interns at its Emerging Technology Center to make things work such as cashless shopping. The $26 billion credit card company has plenty of room for brilliant interns working on innovative projects.

Rich Warren | Increasingly, with electronics, it's best to let pros make fixes

Professionals declare, "Do not try this at home." Whether sword swallowing or servicing your own electronics, leave it to the experts. A reader sent us his sad tale of attempting to replace the battery in his Garmin GPS. Garmin sold him the battery for $20. Garmin secured the battery inside the unit with double-sided tape.

C-U Astronomical Society ready to widen its window to the sky

On Saturday, the prairies of East Central Illinois will seem a little closer to the stars.

On its lot just southwest of Willard Airport, the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society will cut the ribbon on the Prairie Winds Observatory.

Top of the Morning, April 20, 2018

JENNY OLMSTED wasn't sure what career path she wanted to follow after graduating from Centennial High School.

"I was like, 'What am I going to do with my life?'" she said. "A lot of people don't know."

She seems to have found the right one.

Entertainment listings, April 19-26, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Amish handcrafted quilts, competition, exhibit and auction quilts, quilt vendors with materials and supplies. Quilts are displayed every day. Quilt auction on Saturday. Quilt classes, quilt/needlecraft and other vendors at the show itself and other displays downtown in the Gazebo Annex.

Procurement board recommends voiding contract for UI Health's records overhaul

SPRINGFIELD — A state procurement board has recommended voiding a multimillion-dollar contract for a new electronic records system at the University of Illinois health center and referred it to the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission for a conflict-of-interest review.

Illinois Ancestors | New books aid Scottish-heritage research

Noted author David Dobson has published two more books of information helpful to researchers with Scottish ancestry.

Top of the Morning, April 18, 2018

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SARA BOHLEN spent Tuesday producing radio commercials, chatting up MIKE HAILE on WHMS 97.5-FM and doing a TV spot on WCIA.

She's an 18-year-old senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It's the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers.