Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: FamilySearch adds Alaska's records

GenealogyInTime Magazine recently reported that FamilySearch has created a new collection of Alaskan vital records.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered slated for release this spring

SEGA confirmed details Monday about its plan to release a remastered version of one of my all-time favorite PlayStation 3 games on the PS4, "Valkyria Chronicles." This re-release, slated for this spring, will include 1080p/60fps gameplay, Japanese and English audio support, all the original DLC, and adds trophy support. Retail price: $29.99.

Wired In: Thomas Reese

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Thomas Reese, 24, CEO of FlipWord, (

Excellence honored

URBANA — Marietta Turner tackled the issue of hunger among needy students head-on by establishing a food pantry at Parkland College. And it's partly for that contribution that she was one of nine people and organizations chosen for recognition of exceptional innovation and entrepreneurship in Champaign County.

Laser rock 'n' roll shows are 'back' at Staerkel Planetarium

CHAMPAIGN — From 1990 to 2010, the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College put on rock 'n' roll light shows nearly every weekend.

Since they ended, planetarium director David Leake has had on average two persons a week asking him when he would bring back the "laser shows."

Here's a secret, one that's not necessarily well-kept:

Rich Warren: The preview has come and gone

The whirring slot machines continue dinging in Las Vegas, but the future has moved on to Best Buy, Glenn Poor's Audio-Video and The International Consumer Electronics Show decamped a few weeks ago, seeding its new products to us for this spring.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: State to celebrate 200 years in 2018

In anticipation of Illinois' 200th birthday in 2018, the newsletter of the Illinois State Archives, "For The Record," will feature a document from the Illinois State Archives' holdings in each issue over four years, that is relevant to Illinois history.

UI research may ease monitoring after traumatic brain injury

CHAMPAIGN — After a traumatic brain injury, doctors know it's important to watch out for pressure building within the skull that can lead to further injury or death. But today's monitoring technology comes with some down sides.

Outages prompting fresh look at campus phone plan

URBANA — A sixth outage in just over a year has the University of Illinois considering a new vendor for the phone services that connect the campus to the outside world.

Intermittent problems with outside calls to and from the campus system prompted an Illini Alert for about two hours Friday, urging employees to use their cellphones or campus emergency phones to call 911 if needed.

Archaeological dig gets international recognition

CHAMPAIGN — When a team with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey in Champaign began excavating a site in former stock yards near East St. Louis several years ago, they couldn't foresee the breadth and importance of the discoveries they would unearth there.