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Call of the wild

On an overcast weekday afternoon just north of Englewood, a solitary goose hovers over a weathered cornfield, a beacon to other geese in search of food. The bird lands amid the dry, broken stalks.

A closer look reveals a different picture: the goose is a flag, a kitelike device hunter Andy Kinder, who is practicing geese landings in the cold but gentle wind, flies. He sets the flag down and continues unloading his pickup truck.

Columbia is... ARTSY

Artsy (ärt´se)

adj. Showily or affectedly artistic.

State of recovery

As end-of-year parties go, this was no gala. Orange punch and Tiger Stripes ice cream were the only freebies available, and the line for scoops stretched almost the length of the University Hospital lobby.

But after several consecutive years of financial losses, leaders of the MU Health Care system had reason to celebrate in November when it announced a record-high profit of $26.4 million for the 2004 fiscal year. By comparison, the system lost $30 million over the previous five fiscal years.

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