UI staffer objects to mass email; Davis' office says message was approved by House panel, not political
CHAMPAIGN — A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said that a mass email sent to thousands of residents of the 13th Congressional District last week had been approved by the House franking commission and was not of a political nature.
But a University of Illinois staff member said that he objected to receiving the personal message on his UI account.
My recent battery column elicited a few sparks, but I cannot confirm the veracity of the two emails I received concerning exploding lithium batteries. These emails won't be printed until I can be sure of their honesty and objectivity.
SPRINGFIELD — Despite opposition from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, a bill restricting law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, cleared an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday.
ARMSTRONG — An "isolated manufacturing issue" caused two wind turbines in East Central Illinois to break last year, the manufacturer of the towers said Monday.
URBANA — Oso Technologies is collecting oh, so many prizes.
On Monday, its CEO and co-founder, Eduardo Torrealba, won the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for innovation.
By F. AMANDA TUGADE/For The News-Gazette
Monday, March 4
'Are You Ready to Buy a Home?' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 homeownership community education class include: "How Do You Buy a Home?"; "Mortgage Payment and Other Costs of Ownership"; "How Much Can You Pay for a House?" Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
This week, the United States' five largest Internet providers — AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon — implemented their long-threatened, er, promised Six Strikes program. The move purports to be an educational tool to combat Internet piracy but is really just a way for your provider to charge you extra fees.
Unmanned drones are an issue not only at the national and international level but also in Illinois and even Champaign County.
And an official with the American Civil Liberties Union believes they will become a greater concern as the use of inexpensive, technologically advanced radio-controlled planes and helicopters, as well as more expensive drones, expands.
CHAMPAIGN — Parents getting ready to register their children for kindergarten in the Champaign school district have a new online tool that may help them.