Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical works included in free talking books for blind

"Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is committed to providing excellent library service to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability."

Volition hoping you'll like a bit of 'Mayhem'

CHAMPAIGN — Do you have what it takes to thwart the forces of evil?

Champaign-based game developer Volition Inc. certainly hopes you'll at least give it a try.

Its latest game, "Agents of Mayhem," will be released today for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles and personal computers. It retails for $59.99.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 14, 2017

Almost six months after it launched an innovative experiment with online comments, a Norwegian website has given an update on its end-of-article quizzes.

The result so far? Lots of folks are taking them without leaving comments, apparently just to test their reading comprehension — and there are a lot of wrong answers, though the language barrier might have something to do with that.

Area grocery stores, online firms partnering to deliver the goods

Grocery stores are beginning to offer online delivery, and it's not just for lazy millennials.

Though "you might be," said Art Sebastian, Meijer vice president of digital shopping, said. "You may use that time to nap. I don't know. Whatever makes sense for you. You're in control."

Rich Warren: Wind turbines can hurt TV reception

Let's focus on TV reception, as inspired by an email:

Wired In: Derek Hoiem

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet University of Illinois computer-science Professor DEREK HOIEM, co-founder and CTO of Reconstruct, which uses new computer techniques to improve efficiency and reduce risk in construction.

Just Askin': Google Street View returns

Why is a Google Street View car roaming around town?

A camera-laden Street View car was in downtown Champaign gathering updated photos for Google's mapping service.

The Street View images let people see what their destination will look like once they get there.

#TheMJs, Aug. 11, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.



UI profs: Attitudes like that of grad fired from Google are what's harmful

URBANA — Last fall, nearly half of the freshmen entering the highly rated computer science department at the University of Illinois were women — a new high.

It was a significant gain for a unit where a large majority of the faculty are male and where just five years ago the percentage of female incoming students was below 10 percent.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 10-17, 2017


This weekend


What: Livestock auction and shows, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, pedal tractor pull, demo derby, and music by Torn Labels are among the highlights.

When: Continues Aug. 10-12.

Where: Georgetown fairgrounds, 13 N. Seminary, Georgetown.