Illini astronaut getting turkey with all the dehydrated trimmings

When you sit down for your Thanksgiving Day meal, Mike Hopkins and his fellow crew members on the International Space Station may also be enjoying a turkey dinner and all of the trimmings 260 miles above the Earth's atmosphere.

The astronauts will feast on the traditional holiday dishes — but with a twist.

Rich Warren: Don't necessarily dive into Black Thursday insanity

Welcome to Black Thursday, once known as Thanksgiving. Since you're perusing an electronics/technology column instead of basting the turkey, you might be heading out to buy the latest toy/gizmo/must-have piece of electronics.

Early birds must adjust to new Thanksgiving shopping hours

Thursday kicks off the craziest shopping weekend of the year, when 140 million consumers are expected to line up for hot deals or risk shopper's elbow nabbing online bargains. The frenzy starts even earlier in 2013 with major retailers like Macy's and Bergner's joining big-box discount stores in opening Thanksgiving night.

Carle e-visits: 10 questions and answers

Now that you can get an e-visit through Carle, here are 10 questions about these medical encounters of the electronic kind, courtesy of staff writer Debra Pressey:

1. How do they work?

Doctor can now be a few clicks away

URBANA — Too busy or feeling just plain too miserable to go see a doctor in person?

Carle Physician Group is now offering e-visits, in which patients send their symptoms to a primary-care doctor and get a diagnosis and care instructions all through a secure Web portal.

Vermilion County fixing emergency equipment problems

DANVILLE — Vermilion County officials are fixing the equipment malfunctions that left the city and the county without 911 capabilities for a short time during the power outage caused by last weekend's storm.

Rich Warren: Entering Apple Reality Distortion Zone

Tablets remain a hot topic as a few of you commented after a recent column.

Shortly after writing it, I entered the Apple Reality Distortion Zone. This phenomenon mesmerizes people to buy anything new from Apple. Being a PC kind of guy, I thought I was immune.

2 with ties to UI get awards for ingenuity

WASHINGTON — Two men with connections to the University of Illinois were honored Tuesday with American Ingenuity Awards at the Smithsonian, along with eight others.

Illinois Ancestors: Books list early Maryland marriage records

The county clerks of Baltimore County, Md., began recording marriage licenses in 1777 — and those earliest records have been published.

PBL discusses tech devices for classes

PAXTON — The school board discussed this week the possibility of instituting tablets or smart devices, such as smartphones or iPads, for use in classrooms.

There were two categories discussed — a bring-your-own-device policy and a one-to-one initiative, in which the products would be provided by the school.