Rich Warren: Apple/Samsung showdown on the horizon

Samsung and Apple duked it out in the suddenly declining smartphone business. Soon they will square off in the home TV/video ring.

Illinois Ancestors: Irish genealogy magazine online

Anyone who is interested in Ireland or who had ancestors who came from there is sure to enjoy the latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine. The July issue is available free to view and/or download at

DACC receives largest gift ever

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will break ground on a much-needed expansion to the Harry J. Braun Technology Center this fall, thanks to a donation of upwards of $3 million from an area resident with strong ties to the college.

Champaign schools' lunch, waiver applications now online

CHAMPAIGN — Parents of students in the Champaign school district can now go to the food service page on the school district's website to access the new online free and reduced-price meal and fee waiver applications.

You can find it online at

Updated: New director named for NCSA

CHAMPAIGN — The man who helped launch the Blue Waters supercomputing project at the University of Illinois has been recruited back from Moscow to lead the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Photographer captures tiny subjects

URBANA — As one of the world's foremost insect photographers, Alex Wild tries to avoid easy shots of bugs feeding on nectar.

Instead, he might travel to remote locations in Uganda, Brazil, Australia and Colombia. Once there, he lies on the ground to shoot from low angles — or crawls into caves to hunt down his subjects.

Teachers tackle computer science

URBANA — On the third floor of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science on the University of Illinois campus Friday morning, 20 Champaign high school teachers turned their tables into nodes, simulating how information travels along specific paths.

Douglas, Piatt residents don't want Ameren line reroute

ATWOOD — Residents of Douglas and Piatt counties are up in arms over a proposal to reroute Ameren's proposed high-voltage transmission line through their counties.

Since late May, 100 comments from area residents have poured into the Illinois Commerce Commission's website, with most of them opposing the new route.

Twitter chats set for school district, economic development agency

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. and Champaign school district will kick off a new series of Twitter chats during the first week of August.

Rich Warren: Acoustics genius Bose will be missed

Amar Bose, founder and chairman of the company that bears his name, passed away July 12 at age 83. He was among a small circle of great men who graced my life.