Rich Warren: Local connection brings much satisfaction

Everyone pile on Comcast!

Face it, Comcast is the business you love to hate, sort of like combining the old phone company monopoly, the power company and throw in computer tech support for seasoning.

If Lily Tomlin revised her Ernestine skit today, she would be working for Comcast.

Unlike the old Bell system or the power company, Comcast is not a monopoly.

WDWS, News-Gazette to merge websites

The website for Champaign radio station WDWS will soon look a little different.

As a part of the joint news-gathering effort between The News-Gazette and WDWS, the website will soon take you to a shared News-Gazette-WDWS website.  It will look similar to the current News-Gazette website.

Founder: Sony Biotechnology had 'fantastic employees' here

CHAMPAIGN — Sony's stay in Champaign lasted not much longer than a single presidential term.

Sony acquired Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology in 2010 and two years later changed the name to Sony Biotechnology.

Rich Warren: Can't stay quiet about television sound levels

One of our online readers decries fluctuating TV sound levels.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogist tracks digitized newspapers

California genealogist Larry Parker recently learned of many websites having digitized newspapers and forwarded his list to Richard Eastman for his online genealogy newsletter.

Rich Warren: It's time to donate your plasma (screens)

Farewell, plasma.

Recently Samsung and LG, two of the world's largest TV manufacturers, announced they would no longer manufacturer plasma TVs.

Illinois Ancestors: Scots-Irish research easier with guide

What is Scots-Irish? Where did they settle in America? Where did they come from?

Program boosts STEM activities for Danville elementary students

DANVILLE — Last year, a classroom at South View Middle School looked more like an engineering lab.

'If you think you can do it, you can'

DANVILLE — Four days into designing an insect-themed pinball machine and building it with cardboard, a cereal box and parts of an old DVD player, 9-year-old Angolina Anderson and 8-year-old Carter Block were ready to attach a main feature.

Safety comes first on the Midway

URBANA — The day before the Midway's hair-raising new ride debuted at the Champaign County Fair, the mighty Cliffhanger went round and round for a private audience of one: an inspector with the Illinois Department of Labor.