Drum set a hit with Make-A-Wish recipient

HOMER – In Dallas Shaw's world, drums trump doctor's orders every time.

"Music is life," the elated Homer 18-year-old said Saturday after receiving his dream drum set – just like the one Led Zeppelin's drummer used – from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Conferences to celebrate physics milestone

University of Illinois Professor Paul Goldbart is unequivocal when he talks about the theory of superconductivity, advanced 50 years ago by John Bardeen, the UI's two-time Nobel Prize winner, and UI colleagues Leon Cooper and Robert Schrieffer.

Not just a milestone in condensed-matter physics or physics in general, something most physicists would agree upon, but "one of the high-water marks of human thought" is how Goldbart characterized the so-called BCS Theory recently.

Astronaut Tanner gives glimpse of future

CHAMPAIGN – The space shuttle is a "magnificent flying machine," in the words of shuttle astronaut Joe Tanner, with one fatal design flaw – one that cost the lives of seven astronauts in 2003.

So as NASA looks toward post-shuttle missions to the moon and, later, to Mars, it will borrow from a 40-year-old design used in the Apollo space program of the 1960s, the Danville native said Sunday night.

Yahoo's lagging growth a cause for concern

CHAMPAIGN – To former Motorola employees in Champaign whose livelihoods were saved by Yahoo, the Internet giant looks like a white knight.

But to analysts and investors across the nation, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company appears to have tarnished armor.

It's your business: C-U shop to feature furniture by Amish

Simply Amish, a new shop featuring furniture made by the Amish, will open soon on the north side of downtown Champaign.

The owners, Debby Winter and Matt Hutton, have taken over the ground floor space at 500 N. Walnut St., at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets, and plan to open the store there later this month or in early October.

Agency offers opportunity to "earn" computers

DANVILLE – Gayle Savoree wanted a computer to practice keyboarding skills and get back in the work force.

Now, she not only has a computer, but also a job, thanks to a new nonprofit organization in Danville.

Downtown wireless network goes online

A new, free downtown wireless system in Champaign, connected to the Internet, was officially up and running Friday.

Champaign-based Pavlov Media, which is providing the system as a community service with Go Networks and the city of Champaign, has been testing the network, the sign-on Web site and other details most of this week.

Wi-Fi coming to downtown Champaign

By next week, downtown Champaign should be covered in an invisible wireless net making free Internet access available to almost anyone with a wireless laptop and other mobile devices using the common Wi-Fi standard.

Employees from Champaign-based Pavlov Media, which is installing the system as a community gift and publicity tool; Go Networks, the wireless equipment provider; and the city of Champaign began deploying the necessary hardware Thursday morning.

Five years later, settlement over fish kill possible

Five years after an ammonia discharge into the Salt Fork killed about 100,000 fish, a half-million dollar settlement is near.

The governmental agencies and entities involved in the settlement are reviewing a consent decree and are expected to sign the document, which will eventually be made public.

Tech recycler finds way to Danville

DANVILLE – A St. Louis nonprofit business known for recycling and refurbishing computers is expanding in Danville, all because its president is directionally challenged.

Angela Haas, who started WITS (Web Innovations and Technology Services) in 2002, was supposed to view a couple of potential expansion sites in Newman but somehow missed a turn and ended up in Danville. Instead of turning around, she decided to check into whether Danville had any vacant buildings that met her needs – in other words, anything cheap.