Top of the Morning, March 21, 2014

Our favorite time of the year has arrived. A time when workers call in sick or mysteriously take a two-hour lunch break during the Michigan State game. It's OK. We understand.

Rich Warren: Comcast taking Wi-Fi hot spots to the next level

In utopia, everyone connects for free. Just about everywhere you are there would be free Wi-Fi.

But short of someone like Warren Buffett with the resources to pay for all of us to enjoy free Wi-Fi wherever we go, Comcast now offers the next-best thing, at least for Comcast customers.

Art Beat: An all-encompassing look at Ebert

Before going into a screening last week of "Life Itself" in Chicago, I thought I pretty much knew all there was to know about its subject, Roger Ebert.

Ask 'Mimi' March 16, 2014

1. The outdoors festival season is upon us. Will the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival happen again this year?

Yes, June 27-28 in downtown Champaign. Most of the schedule is set in stone except for the children/family stage, festival director Mike Galloway said.

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2014

The election is coming soon. How do we know? Because T.O.T.M. has been inundated with polls and surveys. Do you favor Candidate X? (Say yes to all of them.) Do you plan to vote in the primary? (Of course.)

Rich Warren: A little technological advice from readers

Two weeks ago, we featured reader questions. This week, we offer reader answers to those questions. Some are quite fascinating.

First, this response from Robert Culkeen, the station manger of the WILL stations. A reader questioned the audio dropouts on the WILL TV secondary digital channels.

Aaron Paul saying all the right things as he moves up to movies

When you meet Aaron Paul, he's pretty much as you would expect him to be: a compact bundle of energy who is gracious to a fault and eager to talk to you about anything.

Top of the Morning, March 7, 2014

Before the NCAA tournament pairings are announced, get ready for an onslaught of college basketball. Turn to most channels, and you are bound to see a game from some tiny conference you didn't know existed. To T.O.T.M., there is another word for this: heaven.

Rich Warren: Reader asks me to bark up the subwoofer tree

Home theater confuses people with its nomenclature. Dolby Laboratories established the 5.1 home standard about 30 years ago. Now we also have 6.1 and 7.1.

Actor from 'Breaking Bad' to speak at Illini Union

URBANA — Actor RJ Mitte, who starred on AMC's "Breaking Bad" as Walter White Jr., will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Illini Union I-Rooms in the west wing of the building, 1401 W. Green St.

Like his character on the Emmy Award-winning show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, albeit a milder form.