Religious Remix

A new wave of spirituality is finding its way into the hip-hop community. Hits infused with spirituality — such as Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” and Cam’ron’s “Lord You Know” — are getting strong play on the airwaves.

The urban rhyming rap of inner-city youth known as hip-hop music and its artists are starting to push religion to the forefront of their music and into mainstream rap.

Junk room will show off history of church

A thin beam of light illuminates the scattered paint buckets and wooden borders lining the floor of a room at 101 N. Tenth St. The walls are white, and the concrete floor is splotched with the same hue of paint. The two doors are stained a light brown.

It appears to be a forgotten room. Soon, though, it will house mementos of the 172-year history of a Columbia institution.

The sound of science

If there’s one thing people in the music business need, it’s backbone.

Fortunately, Jeff Moran has one.

Community Sketchbook

Title: Candelabra

Artist: Karsten Ewald

TV shopping can come back to haunt you

I think my husband has finally run out of patience with me. He actually raised his voice yesterday and said, “Enough already!”

  You have to understand that in our almost 30 years of marriage my husband has raised his voice no more than 10 times, and eight of those were aimed at the children.

Artistic Evolutions

Somewhere between an artist’s first spark of inspiration and the culmination of a career lies the midlife of the aesthete, a time of refinement and exploration when the artist develops a voice, masters a medium, refines a message, and in some cases discovers the style that will ultimately define her.

Georgia O’Keeffe was in her late 30s when she painted the first of the large close-ups of flowers that overshadowed her earlier work. Pablo Picasso was in the middle of his career when, with George Braque, he developed cubism.

The beef about HORMONES

A growing number of consumers concerned about what’s fed to the animals they eat are expressing their beef with the meat industry.

From chain grocery stores to local farms, suppliers are responding by offering a larger selection of meats without additives. And more farmers are rejecting the use of hormones and antibiotics in their animals raised for consumption.

A look at midcareer artists

Jane Anne Gideon

After taking classes at St. Mary’s College, the Cochran School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., and at MU, Gideon settled in Fairfax, Va., where she graduated from George Mason University. Gideon’s watercolors are sought by private and corporate collectors and were commissioned to appear in prints, publications and greeting cards. The former art editor of Phoebe magazine is a member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.

Neighborhood WATCH

Little by little, it painlessly pillages eyesight with the cunning of a bandit. The loss of vision isn’t apparent to the victim until it reaches the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting visual information to the brain.

By that point, the damage is irreparable. Glaucoma, the so-called sneak thief of sight, has taken its toll.

Talent at Twilight

On select days every year, neighbors gather for a celebration of life in downtown Columbia. Dancers. Musicians. Food connoisseurs. Social activists. They’re all part of the weekly Twilight Festival — a time

not just for entertainment, but for but for displaying talents.

Beyond the big talk

Twelve-year-old Alexis Perry sings at her family’s church on Sundays, dances at a local studio and is thinking about trying out next year for the West Junior High School cheerleading squad.

Alexis, with her dark eyes set off by eyeliner under the bill of a trendy John Deere cap, says dating is pretty routine in her class. She’s dating, she says, but that pretty much means you sit next to each other at lunch, go to the movies and talk on the phone.

Cooper’s Landing to be sold

After spending nearly two decades turning a small piece of Missouri River property into a well-known area resort, Mike Cooper has decided to sell Cooper’s Landing.

It’s a decision Cooper said hasn’t come easily.

Political journalists stress importance of credibility

JEFFERSON CITY — Two of Missouri’s top political reporters say that the credibility of reporters in general has been undermined by the CBS document controversy.

"It’s bad for journalism," said the statehouse bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Terry Ganey.

Festival attracts artists, dancers

Local artists at this weekend’s Columbia Festival of the Arts found that although they may not be profiting as much as they would at a different location, they still enjoy the festival.

“This is a good fair, it is fun to attend,” said Sandy Smith of Columbia, who was at the festival selling functional pottery.

County considers opting out of tax rate law

County officials are considering opting out of a state law that requires different tax rates for personal property and real estate.

Under the law, which Missouri counties must adopt in 2005, public entities are required to levy different rates for personal property and the three sub-classes of real estate — residential, agricultural and commercial. The law was written to prevent unequal shifts in the tax burden when the value of one class of property increases more than another.

Act aids safety in schools

Statutory rape and statutory sodomy have been added to the list of convictions that are aimed at protecting Missouri students.

The “Pupils and Special Services” statute of the Safe Schools Act was revised over the summer to add the two offenses on its list of convictions.

Corps says no more remarks on Katy bridge

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to extend the public comment period for the Katy Railroad Bridge in Boonville.

The extension request was submitted Sept. 17 by Attorney General Jay Nixon in a letter to the corps. He had requested a 60-day extension to allow the public more time to voice their opinions.

Conservatives speak out against Bush

Although polls continue to suggest that President Bush’s support among Republicans remains high, some local conservatives are expressing strong opposition to his foreign and fiscal policies.

Jack Walters, a self-described “classical conservative,” thinks the Bush administration has deviated from traditional conservative principles.

The man behind the machines

Although most of the people in his department at University Hospital know Mark Decker by name, he says he is OK with being known simply as “the computer guy.”

Access to e-mail, software programs and network files are among the features taken for granted by those whose jobs require daily use of technology. “People don’t realize how things get done,” Decker says.

On board and online

Even the most avid MU sports fans may have never heard of David Reid and Nick Witthaus.

They’re not the latest blue chip recruits. And neither has competed in organized athletics for years.