Rich Warren: Ear ye! Ear ye! These headphones are the real deal

Two new headphones fill your ears with the splendid fidelity of full-range music while reducing, and in one case nearly eliminating, background distractions.

Illinois Ancestors: Find records on FamilySearch

Genealogists worldwide visit FamilySearch ( to obtain free data on their families. There is an easy way to access Illinois collections with only a few clicks.

Click on "Search" at the top of the homepage.

Scroll down and click on "Browse all published collections."

Under "place" (on the left side), click on "United States."

C-U logging in to 'Next Century Cities'

CHAMPAIGN — Add another broadband coalition to Champaign-Urbana's curriculum vitae: The mayors of the two cities say joining a group of "Next Century Cities" will keep them on the cutting edge of fiber Internet.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 13, 2014

By John Dixon/News-Gazette photo editor

About six months ago. The News-Gazette purchased a quadcopter, aka drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), to use as an additional tool for the photographers at the newspaper to capture news and life in central Illinois.

Working knowledge: 4 things to find at is a website established by community, business and education leaders in East Central Illinois who want to make sure the skills of area workers meet the needs of area manufacturers. The region includes six community college districts.

At ...

1. You can figure out which careers are right for you.

It's Your Business: Dancing Dog readies its all-vegan menu

After months of preparation, the Dancing Dog is nearly ready to perform.

The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery, billed as the area's first all-vegan restaurant, plans to open Monday, Oct. 20, in downtown Urbana, according to Brian Behrns, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Linda Lehovec.

Rich Warren: For Apple, iOS upgrades don't fall far from tree

A reader took us to task over my praise of iPhone 6 innovations. As regular readers know, this column doesn't shill for Apple.

Champaign company adds Indiana firm to its portfolio

CHAMPAIGN — Armory Capital, a private-equity company based in Champaign, has added a fifth company to its portfolio of investments.

The family investment office led "a major investment" in Bloomington, Ind.-based Envisage Technologies, according to a release from that company. Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

Rich Warren: It's only a smartphone

Within a few days of the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple shipped over 10 million of these devices, with rumors of a six-week back order. I doubt growers sell 10 million Honey Crisp apples in 10 days and they cost about 50 cents each. It costs Apple, the company, $227 to manufacture the 6.

Illinois Ancestors: Still time to sign up for fall conference

It is not too late to sign up for the Illinois State Genealogical Society's 2014 Fall Conference on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon. Complete details are provided in the free September/October issue of the ISGS Newsletter, accessible from the society's website at