Questions abound

About this series

Today, The News-Gazette begins a three-part series exploring the many issues surrounding this week's statewide debut of PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing:

City opens portal to police, finance data

Editor's note: CU-CitizenAccess operates under the Department of Journal

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical conferences benefit researchers

Where can genealogical researchers go to attend any one of 150 genealogical seminars/workshops to be taught by more than 80 experts in their field?

Answer: This year the location is St. Louis, Mo., and May 13-16 are the dates for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference, "Crossroads of America."

Individuals, organizations honored for innovation

URBANA — Cathy Singer's emphasis on both work and family was brought home at the annual Innovation Celebration event Tuesday.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Library events, March 1-8, 2015

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Rich Warren: Cutting through operating systems quite a procedure

Decide not merely between Apples and oranges, but Apple and everyone else.

Choose the iPhone and iPad with their iOS operating system or Google's Android universe of scores of brands. They're competitive in overall functionality, yet there remains a world of difference even though the Google Play store now offers about the same number of apps as the iTunes store.

Illinois Ancestors: Global reunion set for June in New York City

What started out as a "long shot" idea — the world's largest family reunion — is developing into something quite impressive, especially since the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and several well-known genealogists have agreed to support the function.

BAHA implant leads to scholarship, study abroad

CHAMPAIGN — Sarah Johnson's partial deafness was discovered when she was 5 years old. Her mom had tried to whisper something to her in her right ear, and she couldn't hear it, Johnson recalls.

Now 24, Johnson is a University of Illinois graduate student studying linguistics, thanks in part to an implant she received in her late teens called a BAHA, or bone-anchored hearing aid.

Induct these in new hall of fame

The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame is establishing a World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The Strong museum in Rochester, N.Y., says the video hall announced last week will recognize electronic games of all types: arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile.

Our resident video game expert, Joel Leizer, says these five video games belong in the inaugural class: