#TheMJs, July 8, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Anonymous gift will mean renovation, innovation at Uni

CHAMPAIGN — Thanks to an anonymous donor, 100-year-old University Laboratory High School will soon get a major facelift.

The largest single gift in the school's history — $1.25 million — was donated by an unidentified family and will go toward the school's Innovations in Learning initiative, a new plan to update Uni's classrooms and revamp its curriculum.

Rich Warren: Poor reception? Blame your plasma TV

A few weeks ago we shared comments about TV reception problems.

A reader well-versed in the subject of radio transmission and reception offered his expertise: "LED light interference ... Ask any ham radio operator about the influx of LED lights! Many (most?) are serious RFI (radio frequency interference) generators throughout the radio and TV bands and beyond.

Just 1 question: What's special about your app?

The next Flappy Bird or Bejeweled gaming app could be in the making this summer at the Douglass Branch of the Champaign Public Library.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Guides can help with Quaker research

Anyone having Quaker ancestry soon learns that there are distinct differences when researching Quakers compared with those of other religions.

For example, months of the year are recorded as numbers rather than by a name.

E3 LA report: Dark-horse tech products hope to make a splash

The Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles isn’t just about the big boys — Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and the lot.

Library events, July 3-10, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, kids 9 to 11 will make their own apps with help from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. The program is free.

Wired In: Peter Folk

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Peter Folk, 38, CEO of Volo Broadband, a Uni High grad who took some UI classes, then went to small, liberal arts-focused Reed College in Portland. He was inspired to create his company offering fiber optic gigabit Internet service after first bringing the internet to Espresso Royale in Urbana.

Survey measures attitudes toward drinking, other topics at PBL

PAXTON — On one hand, most of the seniors and sophomores surveyed last school year at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High indicated they had not consumed even one alcoholic beverage in the previous month.

On the other hand, almost half said they believed anywhere from 61 to 80 percent of their peers had drank alcohol in that same time frame.

'A hobby that kind of went wrong'

FAIRMOUNT — Todd Chew doesn't sing or dance.

But every year, large audiences flock to his nighttime shows to hear a symphony of whizzes, bangs and booms and see brilliant bursts of light dance across the night sky.

Chew is the owner of Jamaica Pyrotechnics Inc., along with longtime friends Mark Puzey and Rob Downs.