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Rich Warren: Ultra-high definition offers a richer experience

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0000

Generous Geoff Poor of Glen Poor's Audio-Video offers free admission to his theater in the Old Farm Shops at Kirby and Mattis avenues in Champaign.

This probably outrages the owners of the local cinemas. Poor currently showcases the new 84-inch LG Electronics model 84LM9600 4K television, also known as ultra-high definition.

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Construction could start soon on Monticello fiber-optic project

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:16:07 +0000

MONTICELLO — The construction phase of the city's fiber optic project — which would make fast data speeds available locally — could begin in the next month, now that the four cooperating entities have approved the latest amendment to their intergovernmental agreement.

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Tornadoes' 'hook echo' discovered here 60 years ago

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000

CHAMPAIGN — Since 1950, Illinois tornadoes have touched down in April more often than any other month, but only one of those was responsible for the first radar image of a "hook echo."

And it was right here in Champaign County.

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Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000

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Fred Strater of Rantoul talks about his 1967 GMC shortbed pickup truck.

Rick Danzl

UI Labs files for incorporation

Sat, 06 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois idea factory envisioned for Chicago is one step closer to reality now that incorporation papers have been filed with the state.

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Land Institute founder: 'Eco' state of mind needed

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000

CHAMPAIGN — A leader in the sustainable agriculture movement warned University of Illinois students Thursday of the dangers of "technological fundamentalism" — thinking that society can solve all its problems through technology.

Wes Jackson, the 77-year-old founder of the Land Institute, said society needs to replace "the industrial mind" with an "ecological state of mind."

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Rich Warren: Reader's email response was a cut above the norm

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000

While this column ranges far and wide, this response to a recent column took me by surprise:

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Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:16:05 +0000


Images of people and events as seen through the eyes of News-Gazette photographers.


Students aim for 100 mpg

Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000

URBANA — It's quite an accomplishment to build a vehicle that can achieve 2,000 miles per gallon, but would your average driver want to drive that futuristic car down Green Street?

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Gearhead of the Week: Robert Swider

Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000

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Robert Swider of Danville talks about his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu.

Rick Danzl

UI officially launches Blue Waters

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000

URBANA — "Wouldn't it be great to be able to put the universe in a bottle and do experiments?" asked Thom Dunning as he stood before a group of mostly scientists and politicians at the University of Illinois on Thursday afternoon.

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Rich Warren: Comcast representatives offer a friendly, personal response

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000

Comcast bought me lunch. One of the largest and most powerful companies in America paid for my tuna wrap. Representatives of the company read your frequent letters printed here and my often less-than-charitable responses regarding Comcast. Two very pleasant and concerned public relations people wanted to know how they could improve our relationship.

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Blue Waters' official launch set

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000

A ceremony marking the official launch of the Blue Waters supercomputer will take place Thursday on campus.

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Blue Waters

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:31:19 +0000

Images from public tours of NCSA's Blue Waters facility on the UI campus in Champaign, IL. on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Gearhead of the Week: Brian Cordes

Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000

Brian Cordes has it bad for the late 1980's Dodge 2.2 liter turbo engine. And he has the Dodge Daytona Shelby version to prove it.

Darrell Hoemann