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Danville Public School Foundation's 365 Club breakfast set Jan. 24

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is gearing up for its third annual 365 Club donor breakfast.

The breakfast will be held at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 24 at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane.

"We have over 140 people signed up, but there's room for more," Executive Director Bob Richard said, adding the breakfast is free and open to the community.

Volition could be sold separately in THQ auction

CHAMPAIGN — The Volition video-game studio and some of its game titles could be sold off separately as the result of a scheduled auction of THQ Inc.'s assets later this month.

Bids on the assets are due Jan. 22, and Volition and some of its games — namely "Saints Row" and its sequels — are considered among the most highly prized assets.

Firm uses Kickstarter to bring water-sensor system to market

CHAMPAIGN — Local business start-up Oso Technologies has turned to the Kickstarter "crowdfunding" website in hopes of raising $75,000.

That money would help the company make sensors that tell people when their plants need watering.

The Champaign-based company was started in 2011 by five University of Illinois graduate students.

Biography of a pig

URBANA — It's too late to interview T.J. Tabasco, but we know everything about her genome and something about her personality.

The pig's head hangs on a wall in Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook's office in Edward Madigan Laboratory. She looks happy to be there.

Samples of T.J. Tabasco also reside in a nearby Dewar flask chilled by liquid nitrogen.

Everybody wants a piece of T.J. Tabasco

Labs worldwide are asking for and getting cell samples from a spicy Urbana sow, the first female pig to have a full genetic record on file.

"We send her around the world," University of Illinois Vice President of Research Lawrence Schook said of the sow's cells.

Urbana neighborhood to get new, brighter street lights

URBANA — A northwest Urbana neighborhood will be getting new, whiter street lights this year to replace older lights that give off a yellow hue.

Lights lining the streets on 19 residential blocks immediately to the west and south of King Park have long outlived their usable life, said Assistant City Engineer Gale Jamison.

UI-based competition brings ideas for technology reuse, recycling

CHAMPAIGN — Got an old 35-mm film camera stuffed in a drawer somewhere? Don't junk it just yet.

Some enterprising students have come up with a potential way to convert it to a digital camera.

Or turn a computer scanner into an inexpensive microscope that can diagnose skin cancer and other diseases.

Rich Warren: Lots of questions about 4-year-old HD TV

Cue Alan Cumming to introduce this PBS "Masterpiece" Mystery. While you're at it, send a cup of strong coffee to the Federal Trade Commission. This is one of the more unusual letters we've ever received from a reader, edited to fit:

"I bought a 32-inch Samsung high-definition LCD TV from Best Buy in 2008. The model number is LN32A330J1DXZA C.

Video-conferencing firm Nuvixa changes name to Personify

CHAMPAIGN — Nuvixa, a start-up company at the University of Illinois, has changed its name to Personify.

The company, formed in 2009, provides technology that allows people making presentations to put live images of themselves into the content. The technology can be used in video calls and online meetings, such as Web conferences.

Freeport-based company acquires Champaign engineering firm

CHAMPAIGN — Sodemann and Associates, an engineering firm in Champaign since 1955, has been acquired by Freeport-based Fehr Graham, the companies announced today.

Fehr Graham, founded in 1973 by Allen Fehr and Joseph Graham, in the last year had more than 90 professionals working in five offices in Illinois and southern Wisconsin.