6.25.2013

Boutique plans late-August opening in former Follett's building




Apricot Lane, a women's fashion and gift boutique, has agreed to lease 2,200 square feet in the former Follett's Bookstore building at Wright and Green streets in Champaign's Campustown.





CHAMPAIGN — Apricot Lane, a women's fashion and gift boutique, has agreed to lease 2,200 square feet in the former Follett's Bookstore building at Wright and Green streets in Champaign's Campustown.


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6.24.2013

Snapchat market value hits $800 million

The startup behind a Snapchat application for sharing self-destructing smartphone photos and messages got a dizzying valuation on Monday in a new funding round.


Reports that the company launched in late 2011 had raised $60 million from investors, giving it a market value of about $800 million, hit the Internet along with word that people are sharing more than 200 million ‘snaps’ daily.


“The response has been absolutely mind blowing,” the Snapchat team said in a message at its website.


The startup, based in Venice Beach in the Los Angeles area, said that it has been operating on a tight budget and will use the infusion of cash from investors to beef up its engineering team and server capacity.


Snapchat did not disclose financial details of the investment round, but online reports pegged the figure at $60 million dollars in a deal that values the company at $800 million.


“Long story short, we’re committed to building a big company around an innovative and fun product,” the Snapchat team said.


“There are some really exciting surprises around the corner.”


On Saturday, Snapchat introduced a “SnapKidz” version of its application for Apple mobile devices that lets children younger than 13 years old take pictures or draw, and add captions, and save the images but not share them.


The application was designed to stay within the bounds of laws restricting information that can be collected about or from children.


The grown-up version of Snapchat has stirred controversy for its potential to be used to share risque pictures that are automatically deleted, like any ‘snaps,’ within ten seconds of receipt.


Versions of Snapchat have been tailored for Apple devices as well as mobile gadgets powered by Google-backed Android software.






via The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/24/snapchat-market-value-hits-800-million/

Truck carrying Vettes stuck in viaduct in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Police report that traffic on Springfield Avenue is interrupted due to a truck getting stuck in a viaduct.


Champaign police said a truck carrying four Corvettes got stuck under the Springfield Avenue viaduct below the Canadian National railroad tracks shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday.


One of the Corvettes was reported damaged. No injuries were reported.


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Melissa Merli: Group seeking sculpture sponsors




The Public Art League has introduced a new "class" of 12 public sculptures it hopes to install in Champaign-Urbana. But first sponsors must come forward to ante up $2,000 to lease a piece for two years. So far, four of the sculptures in the new class have been spoken for.





The Public Art League has introduced a new "class" of 12 public sculptures it hopes to install in Champaign-Urbana.


But first sponsors must come forward to ante up $2,000 to lease a piece for two years. So far, four of the sculptures in the new class have been spoken for.


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6.21.2013

Taste will have new offerings, old faves




The popular Taste of Champaign-Urbana at West Side Park is coming up quick. Its hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.





CHAMPAIGN — The popular Taste of Champaign-Urbana at West Side Park is coming up quick. Its hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


As usual, C-U restaurants will set up shop on the festival grounds, offering tastes of their food. New this year, the 43rd annual Taste of C-U will have beer sales as well.


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Bus pass cost rises; monthly pass to be available July 1




The price of an annual bus pass will increase to $72 on July 1, but the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District also will begin a one-year trial of a monthly pass for $15.





URBANA — The price of an annual bus pass will increase to $72 on July 1, but the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District also will begin a one-year trial of a monthly pass for $15.


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6.20.2013

Updated: Hoopeston fire could burn for hours, maybe days




Scores of firefighters from Vermilion and Iroquois counties continue to battle a blaze which broke out in a large tire recycling facility early Wednesday morning. Some officials fear the fire could burn for days.





HOOPESTON — Scores of firefighters from Vermilion and Iroquois counties continue to battle a blaze which broke out in large tire recycling facility early Wednesday morning.


Some officials fear the fire could burn for days.


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IEPA seeks court order against company following fire in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett asked the Illinois attorney general’s office on Wednesday to seek an immediate court order halting operations at J&R Used Tire Service, 103 E. Maple St., Hoopeston, following the large fire that started there Wednesday morning.


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6.15.2013

Transit board member disillusioned about its dissolution




More than seven years after it was formed, the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District could vote Tuesday to ask the Champaign County board to let it go out of existence. Or maybe not.





CHAMPAIGN — More than seven years after it was formed, the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District could vote Tuesday to ask the Champaign County board to let it go out of existence.


Or maybe not.


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Library director says mistake was made in book 'weeding'




Staff were supposed to review list of books to see if any should be culled, she says, not ship off everything on the list.





URBANA — A shipment of books removed from the shelves of the Urbana Free Library only a week earlier is making its way back to the library.


Headed back to Urbana will be art books, gardening books, pet books and some cookbooks that were taken off the shelves as a result of what has been described as a "misstep" by the library's director.


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Archaeologists use revolutionary laser technology to find lost medieval city in Cambodia

A lost medieval city that thrived on a mist-shrouded Cambodian mountain 1,200 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists using revolutionary airborne laser technology, a report said.


In what it called a world exclusive, the Sydney Morning Herald said the city, Mahendraparvata, included temples hidden by jungle for centuries, many of which have not been looted.


A journalist and photographer from the newspaper accompanied the “Indiana Jones-style” expedition, led by a French-born archaeologist, through landmine-strewn jungle in the Siem Reap region where Angkor Wat, the largest Hindi temple complex in the world, is located.


The expedition used an instrument called Lidar — light detection and ranging data — which was strapped to a helicopter that criss-crossed a mountain north of Angkor Wat for seven days, providing data that matched years of ground research by archaeologists.


It effectively peeled away the jungle canopy using billions of laser pulses, allowing archaeologists to see structures that were in perfect squares, completing a map of the city which years of painstaking ground research had been unable to achieve, the report said.


It helped reveal the city that reportedly founded the Angkor Empire in 802 AD, uncovering more than two dozen previously unrecorded temples and evidence of ancient canals, dykes and roads using satellite navigation coordinates gathered from the instrument’s data.


Jean-Baptiste Chevance, director of the Archaeology and Development Foundation in London who led the expedition, told the newspaper it was known from ancient scriptures that a great warrior, Jayavarman II, had a mountain capital, “but we didn’t know how all the dots fitted, exactly how it all came together”.


“We now know from the new data the city was for sure connected by roads, canals and dykes,” he said.


The discovery is set to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.


Damian Evans, director of the University of Sydney’s archaeological research centre in Cambodia, which played a key part in developing the Lidar technology, said there might be important implications for today’s society.


“We see from the imagery that the landscape was completely devoid of vegetation,” Evans, a co-expedition leader, said.


“One theory we are looking at is that the severe environmental impact of deforestation and the dependence on water management led to the demise of the civilisation … perhaps it became too successful to the point of becoming unmanageable.”


The Herald said the trek to the ruins involved traversing rutted goat tracks and knee-deep bogs after travelling high into the mountains on motorbikes.


Everyone involved was sworn to secrecy until the findings were peer-reviewed.


Evans said it was not known how large Mahendraparvata was because the search had so far only covered a limited area, with more funds needed to broaden it out.


“Maybe what we see was not the central part of the city, so there is a lot of work to be done to discover the extent of this civilisation,” he said.


“We need to preserve the area because it’s the origin of our culture,” secretary of state at Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture, Chuch Phoeun, told AFP.


Angkor Wat was at one time the largest pre-industrial city in the world, and is considered one of the ancient wonders of the world.


It was constructed from the early to mid 1100s by King Suryavarman II at the height of the Khmer Empire’s political and military power.






via The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/15/archaeologists-use-revolutionary-laser-technology-to-find-lost-medieval-city-in-cambodia/

Documentary producers sue music company over copyright to ‘Happy Birthday To You’

“Happy Birthday to You” is the subject of a fresh US legal dispute, with a production firm claiming the tune’s copyright owner has no exclusive right to the most popular song in the English language.


Good Morning to You Productions (GMTY) has filed suit in a federal court in New York against Warner/Chappell Music demanding that the government declare invalid its copyright over the song, saying it belongs in the public domain.


The lawsuit also demands the return of “millions of dollars of unlawful licensing fees collected by defendant Warner/Chappell pursuant to its wrongful assertion of copyright ownership of the song,” the 26-page suit says.


The production company, which is making a documentary on the tune, said it was forced to pay $1,500 to use the song in order to avoid being fined $150,000 for unauthorized use.


“Warner/Chappell’s demand was coercive in nature, and GMTY’s entering into the license agreement and payment of $1,500 was involuntary,” it said.


A spokesman for Warner/Chappell declined to comment on the suit.


According to GMTY, the tune comes from a song called “Good Morning to All,” which was composed in 1893 by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill, who sold the rights to Clayton F. Summy.


The song in its present form was released in 1924 by Robert Coleman, setting off a series of legal disputes.


“Irrefutable documentary evidence, some dating back to 1893, shows that the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday to You,’ if there ever was a valid copyright to any part of the song, expired no later than 1921,” when Summy failed to renew it, the GMTY lawsuit says.


“If defendant Warner/Chappell owns any rights to Happy Birthday to You, those rights are limited to the extremely narrow right to reproduce and distribute a specific piano arrangement for the song published in 1935.”


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via The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/14/documentary-producers-sue-music-company-over-copyright-to-happy-birthday-to-you/

6.13.2013

Whites now minority in under-5 age group

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It's a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.


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Rural U.S. loses population for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.


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6.05.2013

What's going on in Bristol Place?


This summer, the City of Champaign will begin the process of demolishing a neighborhood in the north end of the city. Bristol Place, northeast of Bradley and Market and home to nearly 200 residents, has been slated for total demolition by the city because of its low property values, old building stock and a purportedly high rate of crime. The city will use eminent domain to acquire the properties from even those residents who wish to stay in the neighborhood and who own and occupy houses that are in good condition. Although the city has been clear to say that the neighborhood’s total demolition is a settled issue, many questions remain: Why was the neighborhood regarded as obsolete? What’s next for residents? Is this a process that we will see for other low-income, predominately African-American neighborhoods in Champaign?


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via Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center http://www.ucimc.org/content/whats-going-bristol-place

Common Ground seeking Champaign location to expand




Common Ground Food Co-Op wants to build a second store — this time in Champaign — and is looking for a location. The food co-op wants the second store to be similar in size to the 11,000-square-foot Urbana store.





CHAMPAIGN — Common Ground Food Co-Op wants to build a second store — this time in Champaign — and is looking for a location, General Manager Jacqueline Hannah said in a release.


The food co-op, which recently expanded its location at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village, wants the second store to be similar in size to the 11,000-square-foot Urbana store.


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6.03.2013

The-Dream's new MV instantly pulled from Youtube

The-dream



The possibilities are endless for any music video, though maybe less so when your song is titled "Pussy." So it went with The-Dream, who yesterday released a video for his song of that name, a clip that is essentially softcore porn. Directed by someone named LatinLegend, the video is four minutes of a woman caressing herself and nearly masturbating. If that's your kind thing, then have a ball. The song's starring team — which includes The-Dream, Pusha T, and Big Sean — never appear, making the video slightly less creepy. But it's still really creepy.





The-Dream "#GimmeSomeIVPlay" ("Pussy" ft. Pusha T & Big Sean) from Def Jam Recordings on Vimeo.






Of course, when it was uploaded to The-Dream's official YouTube, flagrantly breaking the site's nudity rules, the video was pulled down immediately. That in of itself, though, might have simply been a publicity stunt designed to generate buzz around his new album IV Play, which is on pace to sell around 20,000 copies in its first week.



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