Top of the Morning, April 30, 2018

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Wired In: Ayush Kumar

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with high-tech leader. This week, meet AYUSH KUMAR, a University of Illinois senior studying computer engineering who's COO at Vitrix Health, a senior fellow at Illinois Ventures and student director at EntreCORPS Consulting.

Rich Warren | A little assistance for TV shoppers

Here's the most popular reader question of the year so far: "I want to buy a new TV, maybe a 50-inch or so. I had looked forward to the new models that seem to come out around Christmastime, but nothing caught my attention. I do not have any special requirements. It should be reliable, which lets out Samsung in my experience. Simple to use.Modern features. Simple to use (that counts double).

UI duo's startup gets spotlight in state group's seasonal report

Small wins. Those are what Amber Agriculture co-founder Lucas Frye said a startup needs in order to keep going once it's gotten off the ground.

It's easier for some. Frye and Joey Varikooty founded their startup in 2015 while at the University of Illinois, after they met at the, a three-day hackathon meant to help create and guide startup teams.

Entertainment listings, April 26-May 3, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


UI breaks ground on new playground for designers-to-be

CHAMPAIGN — About 40,000 square feet of space to do with whatever they want.

That's what University of Illinois students will be getting from the $48 million, coming-in-2020 Siebel Center for Design, officials promised during Tuesday's groundbreaking.

Illinois Ancestors | New guide from expert on Irish research

John Grenham, author of the definitive reference for research in Ireland, the fourth edition of "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors," has posted a great guide for beginners, "How to Trace Your Irish Family History: A Step-by-step Guide," at

Urbana city staffer debuts traffic-stop video at council meeting

URBANA — Attendees at Monday's packed city council meeting were treated to the premiere of a video created by a city staffer to show new drivers what to expect during a traffic stop.

Top of the Morning, April 23, 2018

Though our online comments are gone, reader engagement lives on, as evidenced by the reaction to a recent missive from one of them.

Rich Warren | Increasingly, with electronics, it's best to let pros make fixes

Professionals declare, "Do not try this at home." Whether sword swallowing or servicing your own electronics, leave it to the experts. A reader sent us his sad tale of attempting to replace the battery in his Garmin GPS. Garmin sold him the battery for $20. Garmin secured the battery inside the unit with double-sided tape.