Life in the ER

Even though it’s practically in her job description, Judy Heidlage refuses to be called a hero.

Heidlage is one nurse on a staff of 35 in the emergency center of University Hospital. At 51, she is one of the oldest employees in the ER. It might not be intentional, but Heidlage certainly appears to be the “mother hen” at the center.

Personal Healing

Skidding face first across the road, bicyclist Carmain Dutton felt his body go into shock.

His collarbone was broken. So was a thumb. Road rash covered his body.

Finding the perfect card

Greeting cards might give us that warm and fuzzy feeling, but the greeting card industry is a fiercely competitive industry that generates nearly $7.5 billion annually.

In the United States, about 3,000 greeting card publishers vie for a share of the market, or what’s left of it. Two companies, Hallmark and American Greetings, generate more than 80 percent of card sales each year.

Bargain hunters’ paradise

‘Oh! That is cute!” Shawna Clark, 28, says to her friend, Amber Boone, 24, as she points to a faded blue Old Navy long-sleeve shirt. Amber grabs both shoulders of the shirt and holds it against her body. It’s too large, so she quietly folds it and puts it back in a stack of shirts.

Shawna and Amber rifle through the next pile of shirts on a brown folding table, looking quickly at the tags for the magic size.

Community Sketchbook

It takes courage to vote against family’s choice

It was like the old E.F. Hutton commercial where one word spoken by an individual quieted the entire room.

Last night, I had my bi-monthly dinner for the family. After clearing the table, the grandkids played in the yard while the adults sat around discussing politics.

Tooth decay

Traveling to serve

At 23, Stevi Davis has not only seen the wider world, she has worked in it. She has taught English in Chile, put on puppet shows for children in Jamaica and repaired buildings in Venezuela.

Since her first trip to Jamaica in high school, Davis has been on at least 10 mission trips to several countries including Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Venezuela.

"Quotable greeting"

Don’t even think about playing a game of “he said, she said” with Ken Logsdon. He’ll win every time.

Logsdon collects quotes like some people collect seashells or marbles, in the thousands. He loves quotes so much that 14 years ago he started his own greeting card company, Post-A-Quote. Logsdon’s handmade cards pair vintage photos, portraits and postage stamps with quotations from well-known and respected literary figures, political leaders and personalities.

Seeing through foreign eyes

As a newcomer, my desire to preserve and share my first impressions of a new place made me assemble this series of photographs of sites around Columbia. In an attempt to portray the nature of town, I wandered between the real and surreal, objective and subjective, architectural and imaginative. I wanted to capture the angles, shadows and colors that might go unnoticed by those more familiar with the sites.

Association of church and state

With the election just days away, more than 100 Columbia College students and faculty and community members gathered at the college’s Dorsey Chapel to discuss a topic that has permeated this election season: religion and its role in politics.

At the forum Monday, the Rev. John Yonker of First Christian Church gave a brief history of religion in American politics, and Rabbi Yossi Feintuch of Congregation Beth Shalom outlined current political issues and their relation to religion.

The cellular divide

For Kate Swearengen, 22, the political debate over embryonic stem cells is no mere theoretical exercise.

Swearengen, a Columbia native who is studying at Cambridge University in England, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 7. Her immune system killed the insulin-producing cells in her pancreas after mistaking them as foreign.

More than health at stake in stem-cell research

With life sciences a target industry for economic development in Missouri, the stem-cell debate could have implications far beyond human health.

On one hand, legislators want to reap the economic benefits; on the other hand, they want to ban research that is a core component of development.

Facing the Politics

Dressed in a Playboy bunny outfit, toy gun slung over one shoulder, Aaro Froese, owner of Gotcha! costume shop in Columbia, doesn’t look the part of a political pundit.

But wait! According to’s Presidential Mask Election Predictor, costume shop owners such as Froese should be able to predict the outcome of the election based on the number of George W. Bush or John Kerry masks sold. If more Bush masks are sold, he’s likely to win.

Activists draft marijuana regulations

Even if Proposition 1 passes Nov. 2, medical marijuana patients will have to continue relying on street dealers to obtain the drug.

Dan Viets, a member of the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education, or CAPE, one group behind Tuesday's referendum, said including a ballot provision that would allow patients to legally obtain marijuana would be “asking for too much.”

Parties gear up for voter ‘ground war’

Candidates, political parties and get-out-the vote activists are in the final stages of a “knock-and-drag,” door-to-door campaign to get voters to the polls.

Democrats kicked off the weekend with a Thursday rally at MoJo’s, where former Gov. Roger Wilson, urged them on with religious-like fervor.

The voters of tomorrow

Aaron Green was sure he had picked the best candidate for the job.

So when John Kerry was announced Saturday as the winner of the mock election at the J.W. Blind Boone Community Center, Aaron, 6, couldn’t hold back his emotion.

Groups working to oust judge

Several interest groups and individuals are at odds with the Missouri Bar Association over whether to remove a federal court judge in Tuesday’s election.

It is the first time interest groups have campaigned against a Supreme Court judge based on his opinions, according to the Missouri Bar.

Nebraska stays grounded

LINCOLN, Neb. — So much for the high-flying West Coast offense first-year Nebraska coach Bill Callahan had such high hopes for at the beginning of the season.

The combination of a staunch Missouri pass defense and a smattering of inaccurate throws by Nebraska quarterback Joe Dailey grounded any hopes the Cornhuskers had about turning Saturday’s Big 12 North contest into an aerial duel. Dailey finished with 26 yards passing on 18 attempts, but it didn’t matter much when the final seconds ran off the clock.

Oh, Shucks

LINCOLN, Neb. — Three straight losses and three straight missed opportunities put the Missouri football team at .500 for the first time since losing its second game of the season Sept. 9 to Troy.

The Tigers lost 24-3 to Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, extending their losing streak to three games and getting their 14th consecutive loss in Lincoln. The win puts the Cornhuskers alone in first place in the Big 12 Conference-North Division and is their 36th-straight Homecoming win.