Wired In: Chris Moriarity

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet iMBA student CHRIS MORIARITY, who with wife LAURA recently acted upon inspiration and created a nonprofit called the Million Waves Project, which turns plastic litter found in the ocean and on beaches into prosthetics. He's also a former boxing champ.

Parkland's drone-flying classes seeing rise in attendance

CHAMPAIGN — At Parkland College's drone class, students manuever tiny drones around obstacles in the gym.

The contraptions are just a few inches long, similar to the ones seen in drone racing on ESPN.

Still, they can be difficult to fly and serve as good learning devices, said Mandy Briggs, an instructor with Parkland's Institute of Aviation.

Rich Warren | Black Friday deals may not be worth your time

Black Friday barrels down like a steam locomotive with a smoke stack belching bargains. Or perhaps it's a lot of smoke and not much locomotion.

Every year, retailers garner media photos of crowds eager to barge into a big box store to "steal" a TV or other big ticket electronics.

VW wants to storm car market with mass-market electric model

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) to develop autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered vehicles by selling its upcoming I.D. compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs.

Take a weight off: 'Grand K' kilo being retired

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — In a historic vote, nations on Friday unanimously approved a groundbreaking overhaul to the international system of measurements that underpins global trade and other vital human endeavors, uniting together behind new scientific definitions for the kilogram and other units in a way that they have failed to do on so many other issues.

Report: Russia has access to British visa processing

MOSCOW (AP) — Investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider are suggesting that Russian intelligence has infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company that processes British visa applications.

Facebook says it's making progress in detecting rule violations

NEW YORK — Facebook said it's making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them.

Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the previous six months.

New York site for Amazon's East Coast HQ in tax-break zone

NEW YORK — Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal "opportunity zone," a designation created by President Donald Trump's tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital-gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.

UI at 150: 'A safe and communal place'

Among the 1,494 (and growing by the day) alumni stories you'll find on our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website is one from Facebook rising star ARIELLE GROSS ('11), who continues to do her UI professors and teachers at five Champaign schools proud.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.