Top of the Morning, Oct. 30, 2017

If you follow us on social media, you might have noticed a slight change in our appearance — especially if you've liked more than one of our pages.

Wired In: Pinshane Huang

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet PINSHANE HUANG, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering who's headquartered at the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. She uses multimillion-dollar tools to understand particles and devices at the atomic scale.

Cellphones get a ringing endorsement in classrooms

When Danville High School health teacher Tyler Arnholt gives a lecture, he'll occasionally see a student with his head bent down and one or both hands hidden in his lap, a pocket or a strategically-placed backpack.

To Arnholt, that body language is a tell-tale sign the student is texting, tweeting or messaging on Snapchat.

Rich Warren: Important parts of your phone

Study ads for cell phones until your eyes tear and you won't find claims, details or specifications concerning their single most important aspect: their radio.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 28, 2017

SARAH SIGMON's ambitious project — to take a selfie with Alma Mater every school day of her University of Illinois career — is approaching the 50-day mark.

"It's become a habit at this point," the freshman from Fairmount said. "The day would be strange if I didn't do it."

Entertainment listings, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE) members will display their handcrafted projects for judging for the State Conference March 2018. Guest speakers are Bonnie Smith, Illinois Homemakers Camp, and Karen Cunningham, motivational speaker. Public invited.

When: 10 a.m. Oct. 26.

UI recording alums' campus stories during homecoming weekend

URBANA — Maybe you got engaged on the Quad. Made a weekly pilgrimage to Papa Del's. Or enjoyed, with thousands of other Illini, those theatrical Classical Civilization lectures by Dick Scanlan.

Whatever your standout Illinois memory is, the University of Illinois wants to hear your story.

App alerts those trained in CPR to people nearby who need it

URBANA — More people in Champaign County could survive cardiac arrest with the help of a free smartphone app designed to mobilize the public to start treatment in the first critical minutes.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 24, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Tuscola's GEMINI PETTRY.

The senior class president enjoys attending Tuscola — "we have a lot of good things going on" — and will get a chance to show off her Douglas County school Thursday when she takes over our Snapchat account. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 23, 2017

The thousands listening to WHMS 97.5 FM weren't the only ones along for the ride as two News-Gazette Media radio personalities made the 2-mile trek up Neil Street from their old home near Windsor Road to their new studios in The News-Gazette's offices in downtown Champaign.