Khan draws parallels between success in auto parts and the NFL

URBANA — The president of Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate says developing an NFL franchise can be very much like developing an auto parts business.

In both instances "you have to get the right people," said Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Business roundup: Dish Network adds WICD-TV

CHAMPAIGN — DISH Network has begun carrying Champaign-based WICD-TV on its lineup for East Central Illinois following extensive negotiations with the station's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Rich Warren: The next little — or big — thing in broadcasting

When you open your cable or satellite bill, you'll see new surcharges for viewing our local TV stations. Cable companies must pay increasingly larger fees to carry local programming. Strangely, you pay no charge by simply plugging an antenna into your TV. Other than enduring commercials (which you must suffer through on cable as well), the signal arrives absolutely free.

Rich Warren: Comcast helps ... Mediacom, not so much

Score two for Comcast. A Comcast representative confirmed the company resolved the channel issues experienced by our reader who lives near Hessel Park. It required a rather complex fix because Comcast worked with Ameren concerning a possibly faulty utility pole in the area. This kind of fix doesn't involve the shifting sands of programming sources and copyright issues.

Super voice gone: Pat Summerall dead at 82


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Art Beat: We all lost a good friend in Roger Ebert

One of the last emails I received from Roger Ebert came Feb. 9. Characteristically, it was about someone he was promoting, both as one of his "Far Flung Correspondents" — FFCs, the bloggers from around the world that he featured on his website — and filmmaker.

Ebert friends recall generous man with a gentle soul

In Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," Clarence the angel tells George Bailey that when a man "isn't around he leaves an awful hole."

If the wonderful life of film critic Roger Ebert is leaving behind a hole, it's quickly being filled with stories of friendship and love.

Ebert never lost touch with his Urbana roots

URBANA — The simple sign, hand-printed in black ink and left in front of Roger Ebert's childhood home in Urbana, says it all:

"Roger loved Urbana, and Urbana loves Roger!"

Milestones in the life of Roger Ebert

June 18, 1942: Born at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, the only child of Walter and Annabel Ebert. His father was an electrician at the University of Illinois, and his mother was a bookkeeper for the Allied Finance Co. The Eberts lived at 410 E. Washington St., U.

Chaz Ebert: 'Thank you for going on this journey with us'

Chaz Ebert, whom Roger Ebert married in 1992, after having been a bachelor, was his rock, his foundation.

"How can I begin to tell you about Chaz?" he wrote. "She fills my horizon; she is the great fact of my life; she is the love of my life; she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading.

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