Champaign opposes sale of fiber optic network

CHAMPAIGN — A deal that once seemed like it would bring high-speed, fiber-optic internet to thousands of customers in Champaign-Urbana has grown more doubtful.

Top of the morning, July 11, 2016

A significant anniversary passed virtually unnoticed late last month.

There it was, a short Associated Press story, at the bottom right corner of page 1, about something that would become official the next day, June 27, 2003:

"People fed up with unwanted telemarketing can sign up ... for a national do-not-call list that will block many sales calls."

Wired In: Stephen Cheng

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Stephen Cheng, 22, is co-CEO, and co-founder, with his twin brother William, of ExoWear.

Man's friend not surprised by his post

URBANA — When Devin Lieberman first saw the Facebook post showing Bryton Mellott burning the American flag, he wasn't all that surprised.

#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.

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.

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.

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.