UI student wins inaugural award named for Dave Benton

CHAMPAIGN — When Michael Hao came to the University of Illinois to study computer engineering in the fall of 2013, he wanted a part-time job to help with expenses but wasn't interested in bagging fast food.

Rich Warren: Comcast pulling a fast one

Time is money. If you live by that aphorism, then you'll appreciate Comcast's new offer. Comcast, the company you hate to love, announced that it will increase the download speed of its Blast! high-speed Internet service in east-central Illinois by 50% — to 75 Mbps — for no additional charge.

Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

Joan Griffis: Best little 'one-steps' on the Internet

It began in 2001 when Steven P. Morse created a one-step form to search Ellis Island records because the Ellis Island people designed a website that was difficult to maneuver. Morse called it a "one-step" and since then he has developed other shortcuts — also calling them "one-step" — and thus his one-step website was born.

DNA hit brings arrest for robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man's DNA left behind at an Urbana drug store late last year has led to his arrest for robbery.

Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have identified a "close cousin" to Earth that's orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life.

Rich Warren: A pair of positive repair experiences

Complaints frequently illuminate the Electronic Cottage. Consider the highly reputable Ars Technica website, where writer Sam Machkovech wrote in agonizing detail his over three-hour ordeal of setting up his Internet service with Comcast in Seattle. ( As they say in the ads, your mileage may vary. Strangely, when things go right they barely receive a mention.

Network agreement close in Mahomet

MAHOMET — After a discussion spanning months, the village of Mahomet, Mahomet-Seymour schools and Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network are on the road to approving a four-year agreement to provide high-speed Internet access to businesses in Mahomet.

Members of the school board OK'd the agreement this week, with preliminary approval by the village board following a day later.

Joan Griffis: State genealogical association accepting award nominations

Each year the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) presents awards to individuals/organizations in various categories:

— Community Service Award: Given to an individual, company or institution for service or contributions to genealogy.

Nominations may be made by local genealogical or historical societies.

Rockford police to use Tasers again

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford police will once again be armed with Tasers six years after the department stopped using them.