Cellist plans enlightening performance

URBANA — Innovative cellist Maya Beiser has incorporated visuals in her performances before, but usually as video projections on screens.

Then, not too long ago, she became inspired by famed Korean-American artist Nam June Paik's "TV Cello," designed in 1971 for the avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman.

Rich Warren: 'Smart' appliances coming ... as if we need them

Las Vegas regressed to normal. Visitors once again reverted to losing money on the slot machines rather than betting on the latest hot technology. The overall take on this year's International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month was that it focused on an interconnected world of things.

Easter, Kennedy condemn online remarks about Wise

URBANA — University of Illinois President Robert Easter and Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy today condemned the hateful remarks uttered earlier this week by some students who disagreed with the chancellor's decision to hold classes on Monday.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy sites ranked worldwide

GenealogyInTime Magazine has released its third annual ranking of the 100 most popular genealogy websites.

Commenters not likely to be punished

Can University of Illinois students be disciplined for hurling racist and sexist insults at their chancellor on social media?

Not usually, according to Brian Farber, director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.

City's new website aims to connect neighbors

CHAMPAIGN — City officials this week will unveil a website they hope will act as a resource and message board for residents concerned with their neighborhoods.

It's a new idea among local governments, said Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson, and one he hopes will catch fire and keep people in touch with the city and with each other.

TV news from consumer electronics show

Last week, we test drove the International Consumer Electronics Show. This week, we drive CES home.

The major nongadget action at this year's show in Las Vegas concerned TV, mainly 4K Ultra-High Definition TVs.

Illinois Ancestors: Trace your family as a 2014 project

Although it is assumed that most readers of this genealogy column already started researching a family tree, there are, hopefully, others who would like to start but wish further instructions. Let me begin by saying that such a quest will probably take a lifetime — but it's worth every minute, for the personal satisfaction that results from such a search.

Family Life: It's time to unplug when you're with friends and family

By Chelsey Byers

It's always good to look back and identify the moments that made things good — and the areas of family life that you would like to improve upon.

It's Your Business: Crossroads expanding

Crossroads Corner Consignment is expanding into another 5,000 square feet of the Whiteline Building in Champaign.

The new space is expected to open in late February or early March, with a "re-grand opening" for the business sometime in mid-March, said William Fleming, who co-owns Crossroads Corner with Kenny Lamm.