Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy series looks at court records

The Genealogy at a Glance series, begun in 2011 by the Genealogical Publishing Co., and offering guidance on principal record sources in a handy format — four laminated 8-by-11-inch pages — has added "Court Records" to its list of dozens of such guides.

Jet Propulsion Lab engineer to speak about Saturn mission at UI

URBANA — A senior engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who has led explorations to Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will deliver a talk Tuesday on the University of Illinois campus.

Todd Barber will present "Lord of the Rings: The Cassini Mission to Saturn" at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1404 in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, 201 N. Goodwin Ave., U.

High-tech help

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Deppen and Nishana Ismail were determined to do something after a friend of theirs was mugged in January 2013.

At the time, both Deppen and Ismail were mechanical engineering students at the University of Illinois.

50 years after its debut, Ford's Mustang is still kickin'

The first Ford Mustang rolled off a Michigan assembly line 50 years ago Sunday. The News-Gazette's PAUL WOOD talked to some committed 'Stang fans to find out what endears them to the iconic car.

Peter Alexander of Peter B's Automotive in Urbana owns a Mustang 2011 California Special and is redoing a 1967.

Rich Warren: Reader asks me to bark up the subwoofer tree

Home theater confuses people with its nomenclature. Dolby Laboratories established the 5.1 home standard about 30 years ago. Now we also have 6.1 and 7.1.

Illinois Ancestors: Illinois Archives' 2013 acquisitions are announced

Genealogists, historians, attorneys and others are indebted to the Illinois State Archives for continuing to house and make accessible state and local government records that document various activities within the state.

C-U from space

Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins posted a photo of Champaign-Urbana today from space.

Hopkins is aboard the International Space Station. 

UI meteorologist to speak at safety event

URBANA — University of Illinois meteorologist Jeffrey Frame, who takes students to the Great Plains each spring to observe tornadoes and thunderstorms, will speak at a free weather-safety event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Beckman Institute auditorium, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

Concerts mark 30th anniversary of Computer Music Project

URBANA — Two concerts, one this week and the other in April, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Computer Music Project, which is part of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios.

C-U among most promising tech hubs selected the 10 most promising tech hubs to watch for 2014:

Among the criteria: physical infrastructure such as fiber-optic rings; high-tech industrial parks and incubators; startup culture with meet-ups and co-working spaces; presence of a university; supportive programs.