Ink-credible response for electronic-circuit pen

CHAMPAIGN — It didn't take long for Brett Walker to realize his product is a smash.

Walker, the co-founder and CEO of Electroninks Inc., launched a Kickstarter campaign Nov. 20 to raise $85,000 to help finance the production of Circuit Scribe, a pen that can create electrical circuits.

Cameras now allowed in some courtrooms in Sixth Circuit

News cameras and recorders now are allowed in certain court hearings in the six counties of the Sixth Judicial Circuit: Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt. Some clarity on the rules:

Rich Warren: Some thoughts on preserving old music digitally

Many of us find treasured recordings scattered around the house that no longer play on contemporary music players. That's why a 1921 Victrola remains in my living room.

This reader asks a popular question: "We have four partially filled tapes I would like to have on one CD. Do you know of anyone who does this reasonably and what the cost might be?"

Health insurance signup? Your mileage may vary

CHAMPAIGN — How much better is the newly improved federal website to sign up for Obamacare health insurance working? It depends on whom you ask.

Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, said the specially trained "navigators" stationed there to assist people with enrollment tell her the system is now working great.

14th PechaKucha Night C-U set for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The 14th PechaKucha Night C-U will take place Friday evening at the Highdive, 51 Main St., C. It will feature presentations from eight creative folks, among them filmmaker/artist Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") as well as music from DJ Mertz.

Studio Visit: Steve Drake

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Steve Drake of Urbana, creative specialist at the Beckman Institute in Urbana.

Q: Congratulations on your three consecutive Mid-America Emmy awards. I noticed you've won other awards as well. Which are the most meaningful to you?

On Black Friday, it's shop till you drop

Attention, bargain hunters: The season's most anticipated shopping day kicked off early this morning. The schedule for Black Friday and beyond:

Market Place Mall, Champaign

— Today: Staggered openings from midnight to 10 a.m.; mall closes at 9 p.m.
— Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Village Mall, Danville

Crop, Stock & Ledger: December a time for farmers to train

December will be full of meetings aimed at improving your farming operation.

Pesticide training and certification

Danville pushing to keep shoppers' money in town

DANVILLE — With the spurt of retail development in Danville, residents have more reason than ever to follow the local slogan "Think Vermilion County First" when grabbing Black Friday bargains today.

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.