Wired In: Samuel Walder

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet recent University of Illinois graduate and Trala founder SAMUEL WALDER, whose app helps violin and viola players learn music faster and make fewer errors by tracking practice time and providing instant feedback.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.


Illinois Ancestors: U.S. has had poorhouses in the past

"Yes! There really was such a thing as a Poorhouse! It was not just something your parents made up, like a boogeyman, to frighten you into saving your money and spending carefully and to discourage you from making excessive, greedy demands on the family budget. County Poorhouses dotted the US throughout most of the 1800s."

Publisher of Better Homes, Family Circle buying Time Inc. for $1.8 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Magazine and broadcasting company Meredith is buying magazine publisher Time for about $1.8 billion to bulk up on readers as the publishing industry navigates the difficult transition to digital from print.

The Reluctant Townie: On robots, the singularity and our fate

In October of this year, Saudi Arabia granted the world's first citizenship to a robot. The humanoid, named Sophia, is the brainchild of Hanson Robotics, an American firm by way of Hong Kong, and it (she?) is controlled by an ever-evolving artificial intelligence.

Wired In: Brent Trenhaile

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet BRENT TRENHAILE, senior vice president of technology at Agrible. After earning his doctorate at the University of Illinois, he now heads up projects that include helping to produce Homer Simpson's favorite beverage.

Rich Warren: Use caution on Cyber Monday

Still hung over from Black Friday? Ironically, attaching "black" to a day used to denote an ominous or catastrophic day in history. Tomorrow is Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of Black Friday. Truth be told, mass hysteria ignites the shopping frenzy. Many people buy electronics they don't need or find themselves hoodwinked into bargains that aren't bargains.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 24, 2017

Don't worry, Tuscola and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football fans: NBC Sports Chicago has you covered for the state finals.

The former Comcast SportsNet (I never cared for that name) will have all eight state championship games from DeKalb's Huskie Stadium. It is the seventh year in a row for the network to carry the games.

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017


This weekend


What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

Famed UI professor still lighting the way

URBANA — Sitting in his comfy chair with a long, typewritten document he has been working on, Nick Holonyak recalls going to a local store with his wife, Kay, to buy a dimmer switch for their home.