Rich Warren: Our channel surfing continues

While astronomers clean their lenses seeking a ninth or 10th planet, our readers discover even more TV channels than listed in a recent column. Here's one reader's suggestion:

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Library of Congress Magazine online

The most recent issue of the Library of Congress Magazine (January/February 2016; Vol. 5, No. 1) is now available for viewing/downloading (free) at

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Fundraising party at Orpheum

Wired In: Ben Newell

On Sundays, we spotlight a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet BEN NEWELL, 36, president and co-founder of Build Equinox.


Danville, Rantoul districts get state OK for millions in interest-free loans for construction work

Three area school districts are among 29 across Illinois that have received the state's OK to take out interest-free bonds for construction projects.

The Illinois State Board of Education announced that nearly 200 districts across the cash-strapped state — including Champaign and Urbana — applied for its Qualified School Construction Bond program.

UPDATED: Discovery confirms Einstein prediction; NCSA played role

URBANA — A billion light years from Earth, two dense objects known as black holes collide at enormous speed, sending giant ripples through the fabric of space-time.

He changed schools but left plenty behind

URBANA — He raised $10,000 to buy 360 laptops for Franklin Middle School in Champaign.

But 14-year-old Nicolas Ramkumar doesn't want credit for his work.

"I have always been taught to try to help whenever I can," he said. "I was taught to always give back and to leave everywhere I am better than when I got there."

Rich Warren: Caring for turntables is key

DVDs and Blu-ray digital discs compromise video quality and it is imperative we return to the grooved RCA Selectavision videodiscs from the 1980s. A second best fallback would be analog Laservision discs. Although they lacked grooves, they were tried-and-true analog. Any person can see that their video quality surpassed these tiny silver DVDs with their digital compression.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Now is the time to start writing stories

Every family has stories to tell and it's never too late to start writing about them! This advice has been given by many columnists over the years but it still deserves repeating. An easy way to begin is to purchase a little notebook, preferably with lines to make writing easier, date the first page and begin writing.

UI lab aims to change how we look at medicine

URBANA — It's a scene straight out of Star Trek: a doctor uses a hand-held device to track molecular changes in your body to find out if the medicine you just took is working.