The Reluctant Townie | Pitching virtual-reality apps for Oculus Go

In May, premiere virtual-reality company — and $2.3 billion Facebook acquisition — Oculus VR released its game-changing virtual-reality headset Oculus Go.

Local cybersecurity expert who worked on DNC hack: Russians were sloppy

CHAMPAIGN — Early in the summer of 2016, before the public knew about leaked Democratic Party emails or Russian hackers, John Bambenek and other cybersecurity experts were brought in to help confirm the source of the breach.

Robotics expert to be first woman to lead UI computer-science department

URBANA — Nancy Amato, a computer-science professor and robotics expert from Texas A&M, has been chosen to lead the highly ranked University of Illinois Department of Computer Science — the first woman to hold that position.

Entertainment listings, July 12-19, 2018


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Top of the Morning, July 12, 2018

Passers-by can see the studios of our three radio stations — WDWS 1400-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM, WKIO 107.9-FM — from outside The News-Gazette in downtown Champaign. Now they can hear them, too.

Facebook faces British fine over its data privacy scandal

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is facing its first financial penalty for allowing the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal data of millions of unknowing Facebook users.

Illinois Ancestors | State genealogical society's website update helpful

Researchers who have recently viewed the website of the Illinois State Genealogical Society ( have, no doubt, been pleasantly surprised at the recent (June 2018) updates.

Russian cargo ship makes its fastest trip to space station

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian cargo ship delivered a fresh load of fuel, food, and other supplies for the International Space Station on Tuesday, making it in record time.

UI pledges $25 million to cover fundraising shortfall at med school

URBANA — A slower-than-projected fundraising pace for the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine has prompted the University of Illinois to pledge up to $25 million of UI discretionary funds over the next decade to support medical-school operations.

Top of the Morning, July 9, 2018

Sunday marked the latest installment in a series that provides a visual treat online.

For the past six months, staff writer PAUL WOOD has been chronicling the history of architectural marvels around the area as part of his "Significant Structures" series, and our staff photographers have matched his words with careful documentation of each one, inside and out.