Rich Warren: A sad day: Sony getting out of TV business

Long before the Walkman, long before the compact disc, even before Betamax, Sony established its reputation with the Trinitron TV.

Illinois Ancestors: Article traces Irish ancestors in New Jersey

The January 2014 issue of the free online genealogy magazine Irish Lives Remembered focuses on New Jersey in the first of a series of American resources for tracing Irish ancestors. Joe Buggy's sites and sources may even be helpful for "seasoned researchers."

Prussing, others want state to raise cellphone 911 fee

URBANA — Mayor Laurel Prussing hopes she can make some headway for state legislation that would increase cellphone 911 surcharges — money which local officials say is desperately needed to keep the lights on and the phones ringing at the county's emergency dispatch center.

Reddit co-founder: Entrepreneurs should focus on users, not competitors

URBANA — The Internet is a wonderful technology that can help people fulfill what they imagine, the co-founder of Reddit said.

But to succeed, they'll have to plunge ahead with their ideas, even if things aren't letter-perfect, even if they have "no idea what they're doing," according to Alexis Ohanian.

Melissa Merli: There's an app for that dance

The University of Illinois dance department's dances tend to be hyper-conceptual. But that wasn't the case last week.

February Dance, presented over three nights at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, featured solid movement without the usual postmodern twists.

And the dance majors — there are more young men than usual — were solid.

Getting Personal: Sanford Hess

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 42-year-old Champaign resident Sanford Hess. He has just been hired as the information technology director for the city of Urbana, but is better known as the former operator of the Art Theater.

So ... what's new with you?

Smarr to be honored for Web browser work

CHICAGO — A former University of Illinois physicist and supercomputing expert will be honored with an award for his early work in developing Web browsers.

The Golden Goose Award honors those whose federally funded research may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted but has resulted in major economic or other benefits to society.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 13-20, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Rich Warren: Offer too good to be true? Read the fine print

Many times readers send email questioning services from their cable, satellite or telephone provider. The provider bills extra for programming the readers thought was included in their packages or for multiple installations around the house that seemed to be included when they signed up.

Illinois Ancestors: Lincoln birthdays detailed on Web

In commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday today, it seems fitting to look back to Feb. 12 in years past to learn how Lincoln spent his "special day."