Wired In: Bruce Litchfield

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Bruce Litchfield, 60, CEO of Sun Buckets. Its parabolic dishes collect solar power to be stored in an energy-efficient stove, the Sun Bucket. When he's not CEOing, he's a professor in the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

Who's on your team?

For the retirees, July 31-Aug. 7, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

#TheMJs, July 29, 2016

Each week, Marcus Jackson gives us the best Twitter has to offer. Follow him at @MarcusJ_NG

This week's top tweets:


Rich Warren: Is quality in name alone?

Most of us demand good value while questing for bargains. Manufacturers satisfy our desire to save cents over a more expensive better build. One of the most common reader questions concerns the best product(s) in a particular category. Handcrafted electronics from small workshops or individual craftspeople are rare, limited mainly to the very high end of the audio market.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Holocaust-era assets are now online

A "substantive research interest in Holocaust-Era Assets began in 1996 with various issues related to Swiss dormant bank accounts and gold looted by Nazi Germany.

Lawyers seeking more plaintiffs in suit against Syngenta

URBANA — A group of lawyers suing one of the world's largest agriculture businesses is coming to Urbana in hope of getting local farmers on their side.

The attorneys behind the organization Midwest Corn Lawsuit will host an informational meeting on Wednesday to discuss the case.

The case is a multi-district litigation against Syngenta, a Swiss agriculture company.

City OKs cameras for all its officers

CHAMPAIGN — Citing increased accountability and transparency, the Champaign City Council unanimously approved the purchase of body cameras for all 125 sworn Champaign police officers on Tuesday night.

Selection of dean for Carle-UI med school moves closer

URBANA — Interim Provost Edward Feser said he's hopeful a new dean for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine can be announced by the end of the summer.

UI and Carle officials are finishing up reference checks and "will be negotiating with our top finalists very shortly," he said Monday.

Support for body camera purchase sought in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A request for 125 new body cameras — one for every sworn police officer — has the support of Champaign's mayor and the head of the local NAACP chapter.

Wired-In: Julian Sanchez

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Julian Sanchez, 38, wants to make your lawn look good. He has a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from Georgia Tech with an engineering background.