14th PechaKucha Night C-U set for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The 14th PechaKucha Night C-U will take place Friday evening at the Highdive, 51 Main St., C. It will feature presentations from eight creative folks, among them filmmaker/artist Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") as well as music from DJ Mertz.

Studio Visit: Steve Drake

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Steve Drake of Urbana, creative specialist at the Beckman Institute in Urbana.

Q: Congratulations on your three consecutive Mid-America Emmy awards. I noticed you've won other awards as well. Which are the most meaningful to you?

Crop, Stock & Ledger: December a time for farmers to train

December will be full of meetings aimed at improving your farming operation.

Pesticide training and certification

On Black Friday, it's shop till you drop

Attention, bargain hunters: The season's most anticipated shopping day kicked off early this morning. The schedule for Black Friday and beyond:

Market Place Mall, Champaign

— Today: Staggered openings from midnight to 10 a.m.; mall closes at 9 p.m.
— Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Village Mall, Danville

Danville pushing to keep shoppers' money in town

DANVILLE — With the spurt of retail development in Danville, residents have more reason than ever to follow the local slogan "Think Vermilion County First" when grabbing Black Friday bargains today.

Illini astronaut getting turkey with all the dehydrated trimmings

When you sit down for your Thanksgiving Day meal, Mike Hopkins and his fellow crew members on the International Space Station may also be enjoying a turkey dinner and all of the trimmings 260 miles above the Earth's atmosphere.

The astronauts will feast on the traditional holiday dishes — but with a twist.

Rich Warren: Don't necessarily dive into Black Thursday insanity

Welcome to Black Thursday, once known as Thanksgiving. Since you're perusing an electronics/technology column instead of basting the turkey, you might be heading out to buy the latest toy/gizmo/must-have piece of electronics.

Early birds must adjust to new Thanksgiving shopping hours

Thursday kicks off the craziest shopping weekend of the year, when 140 million consumers are expected to line up for hot deals or risk shopper's elbow nabbing online bargains. The frenzy starts even earlier in 2013 with major retailers like Macy's and Bergner's joining big-box discount stores in opening Thanksgiving night.

Carle e-visits: 10 questions and answers

Now that you can get an e-visit through Carle, here are 10 questions about these medical encounters of the electronic kind, courtesy of staff writer Debra Pressey:

1. How do they work?

Doctor can now be a few clicks away

URBANA — Too busy or feeling just plain too miserable to go see a doctor in person?

Carle Physician Group is now offering e-visits, in which patients send their symptoms to a primary-care doctor and get a diagnosis and care instructions all through a secure Web portal.