Police dispute reports about Smollett attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say local media reports that allege the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.

The reports surfaced late Thursday as detectives were questioning two "persons of interest" who were captured on surveillance cameras in the area of downtown Chicago where Smollett said he was attacked last month.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019


This weekend


What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Rap artists, women take center stage at Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.

Weekend Box Office | 'The Lego Movie 2' debuts at No. 1 but below expectations

NEW YORK — "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" was easily the top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but the film's $35 million opening failed to stack up to its expected haul, according to studio estimates Sunday.The animated sequel had been forecast to draw around $50 million.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 10, 2019

No need to sit out February like a groundhog hiding from its shadow. The C-U Folk & Roots Festival's third annual Folk and Roots Winter Weekend in downtown Urbana offers ample reason to venture out and get down this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Rich Warren | Some sound advice on buying a receiver

Let's open with a reader question: We are setting up a TV area in our basement. I have a couple of vintage Polk audio speakers that I plan to use for a TV sound upgrade. My question for you is should I look for a vintage receiver somewhere or is there any good quality new ones on the market today? My budget is under $500.

Who lives here? Feb. 9, 2019

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

'Beverly Hills 90210' star takes Go Red for Women event's cause to heart

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in Urbana and Arcola, "Beverly Hills 90210" star Jennie Garth always saw her dad driving tractors, plowing fields and exerting himself physically to provide for her family. To her, John Garth was a "big, strong hero."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 8, 2019

For at least the next five years, University of Illinois fans in Chicago won't have to hit the search button on the radio to find football and men's basketball broadcasts.

Starting with football in August, WLS-AM 890 will serve as the Illinois affiliate in Chicago.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019


This weekend


What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.