Soybean farmer discusses future of biotechnology [Slideshow]

Kelly Forck lives and works on Forck Farms in Jefferson City, a working farm of 500 acres that produces corn and soybeans in rotation. Forck, who is the president of the Missouri Soybean Association, has worked with soybeans for most of his life, yet says he would never grow tired of them. A believer in the benefits of using biotechnology — also known as genetic engineering or hybridization — Forck adapts the type of beans he produces to marketplace needs, and sees a bright future in store for biotechnology. Today, biotechnology can be used to alter the flavor, color, protein content and herbicide-resistance of soybeans. Tomorrow, Forck hopes, biotechnology might be used to help prevent or even cure diseases.

Berry Building [Graphic]

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: With its final renovations nearly complete, the Berry Building is set to reopen in November. John Ott oversaw most of the North Village projects with the goal of maintaining the history of the area. Many of the buildings have gone from retail and office space to art studios and galleries, restaurants or apartments with the hopes of revitalizing the neighborhood.

Berry Building to undergo renovation [Photo]

Renovations are being finished up this month on the Berry Building, located at Orr and Walnut streets.

Effects of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis on Knee [Graphic]

The knee is a common joint affected by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Effects include cartilage and bone loss, along with swelling of the joint and joint capsule. This causes the knee to be swollen and can make it difficult to walk.

The Missourian mentioned on ABC [Video]

ABC/ESPN announcer Brent Musburger references Columbia Missourian football writer Robert Mays' "10 things that make Texas a bad homecoming opponent" during the Missouri-Texas national broadcast on Oct. 24.

Sarah Read [Photo]

Sarah Read laughs with other members of the First Christian Church planning committee as they debate about the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several other planning committees across the city to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

New Missouri Theatre CEO [Photo]

R. Eric Staley, the newly hired chief executive of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, poses for a portrait on Friday. A graduate of MU, Staley's career has been spent working with nonprofit organizations, including the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Show-Me Solar team takes 11th in international Solar Decathlon [Graphic]

After two years of hard work and a week of competition, the Show-Me Solar team successfully built its 2009 solar house and traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon took place from Oct. 8-21 and hosted 20 teams from all over the world.

One in 50 million: contractor [Photo]

Jamie Kroll, a private contractor in Columbia, disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Kroll, his wife and two sons do not have health insurance because at a cost of $18,000 a year for the entire family, not including dental, they cannot afford it.

One in 50 million: Kroll [Photo]

Private contractor Jamie Kroll disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Because he is self-employed, Kroll cannot afford to pay $18,000 a year, nearly a third of his annual income, for private health insurance for his family. "Generally it isn't a big deal. I'm healthy and my family's pretty healthy, but every five or six years or so I cut my finger on a saw, and then I've got a problem," Kroll said.

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile [Photo]

During the school day, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile likes to joke with his coworkers in the physical education department at the school. After school on the football field, he brings an intensity to his job that exemplifies the work ethic he tries to instill in his players.

Reesing, Kansas struggle [Photo]

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) passes the ball during the first half against Oklahoma. Reesing threw three first-half interceptions.

H1N1 Consent Form - Spanish [Document]

Click here to download an H1N1 consent form in Spanish.

H1N1 Consent Form - English [Document]

Click here to download an H1N1 consent form in English.

Couple collects glassware [Photo]

A Japanese couple, Kiwamu and his wife, Yuki, spend quality time at Artichoke Annie's Antique Mall on Oct. 18. When they learned about Fire-King a year ago, Yuki found it pretty and useful, whereas Kiwamu found it cheap. Today, however, both Kiwamu and Yuki look for a line of Fire-King that satisfies their taste and need. "We appreciate the distinctive quality exhibited in the Fire-King line," Yuki said.

Couple collects vintage glassware [Video]

Kiwamu Tanaka and his wife, Yuki, collect Fire-King wares, which is a division of the brand Anchor Hocking glasswares.

Creating a sand mandala [Graphic]

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery are creating a mandala sand painting through Wednesday in MU’s Ellis Library. The mandala is meant to rededicate the earth and represent a deity. The design, a combination of geometric shapes and symbols, takes about three hours to create using a ruler, compass and white pencil.

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Wheelchair dancing teaches lessons [Photo]

Instructor Chris Pruitt gives ballroom dancing lessons Oct. 15 to Lorraine Cannistra, a resident of Lawrence, Kan. Cannistra is a member of Groovability, a Kansas City wheelchair ballroom dance troupe that will host a Dance-a-Thon to raise money this weekend.

Columbia's First Arthritus Walk [Photo]

Participants of the Arthritis Walk round the track at Stankowski Field on Friday, September 11, 2009. Rebecca Staggemeier and Jackie Piel brought the Arthritis Walk to Columbia.