Rich Warren: Examining the pros and cons of current tablets

Next to smart phones, tablets cause the greatest excitement and confusion in the electronics world. This reader query embodies that:

Illinois Ancestors: Writing contest entries sought

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors has announced that it is now accepting entries for its annual Excellence in Writing competition.

The contest is open to family history writers who are nonmembers as well as members, whose work is in any media (e.g., magazines, newspapers, journals, websites or blogs).

Monticello fiber-optic installation nearly finished

MONTICELLO — Fiber-optic installation is nearly complete and may be in use for local governmental entities by the beginning of the year.

Health insurance site going offline Saturday night

WASHINGTON (AP) The troubled health insurance website is going offline until Sunday morning.

The Health and Human Services Department says a technology team will be working on, so people won't be able to apply or enroll through the site.

The site will be down from about 9 p.m. Saturday to about 9 a.m. Sunday.

Rich Warren: Plasma TVs are fading; time to consider LCDs

Today we conjure the video spirits to answer a reader question concerning plasma versus LCD TVs. Once upon time, you could see ghosts on plasma sets caused by burn-in.

Arrangement made to repay UI for UC2B costs

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will want to be paid back by the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband nonprofit when officials know how much the school had to cover in expenses for work left undone after a federal grant expired.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogists interested in cemeteries — and witches — year-round

Thoughts of Halloween often conjure up visions of cemeteries, witches and ghosts. Genealogists welcome evidences of these entities; they are often the sources of clues to family information.

Alum speaks to UI students from space station

URBANA — Training on simulators is one thing. Orbiting the earth on a 925,000-pound space laboratory the size of a football field is something else altogether.

Two and a half years of training did not fully prepare astronaut Mike Hopkins for the thrill of his life aboard the International Space Station.

No digital billboards in Urbana

URBANA — Digital billboards seem not to be in the cards for Urbana — at least not the immediate future — after the city council could not get enough votes this week to initiate the process to introduce the electronic signs to city streets.

Tips offered to navigating health insurance website

CHAMPAIGN — Try using a different web browser.

Or consider logging on in the middle of the night.

Either of these tips might just get you past the roadblocks on the federal website on which millions of people are trying to enroll in health insurance, say counselors and navigators helping the uninsured.