A perspective on Islam

John Esposito loves his work because he never has to change his tune.

“I have the world’s greatest job because I’ve been saying the same thing for 30 years,” said Esposito, who spoke about “Understanding Islam” at MU on Thursday evening. “Can anybody else make that claim?”


Despite his hectic schedule, Scott Clemens stays driven.

“I dutifully dash from one thing to another because I have a genuine enthusiasm for each aspect of my life,” he said.

Coming Up

Marilyn Stokstad, a medieval art and Spanish art specialist and professor at the University of Kansas, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stephens College’s Charters Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stokstad will discuss Isabel of Castile and Isabel Clara Eugenia, female art patrons of the 15th and 17th centuries, a release from Stephens said. Her textbook “Art History,” published in 1995, challenged an art survey textbook by H.W. Janson, which omitted women in its listing of 3,000 artists. Her book is now used in introductory art history courses across the nation.

Heat in the streets

Community activists and residents who gathered in the Columbia City Council’s chambers Wednesday dread what youths look forward to for months: the beginning of summer.

The meeting was organized by First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton to discuss summer work and volunteer opportunities for youths.

Crossing Over

During her three years at Stephens College, Morgan McLaurian has not missed a single annual bridge crossing, yet.

On Thursday, McLaurian, a junior in child development, stood in the spring evening air to congratulate this year’s graduating class at Crossing the Bridge, an event for students with little time left at college.

Boonville to discuss Kemper proposal

Honor is an important part of Mark Farrell’s life. As an alumnus of Kemper Military School in Boonville, he keeps a copy of the school’s honor code on a wall in his Columbia home.

“To anyone who has gone to Kemper, that’s something that follows you for your whole life,” said Farrell, who is secretary of the school’s alumni association.

Embalmers prepare for bioterrorism

The tools of the trade for funeral directors normally consist of embalming fluid, safety gowns and sterile gloves.

But thanks to the greater scrutiny now given to homeland security, Missouri funeral directors could soon find themselves wearing full-body biohazard suits when preparing a body for its final farewell.

Woman opposes lifting implant limits

A Columbia woman is set to testify today in Washington, D.C., before a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel that will determine whether silicone breast implants are safe enough for widespread use after 13 years of strict regulations.

Kathy Keithley-Johnston is the founder of Toxic Discovery, a national consumer advocacy group based in Columbia. Her testimony will be one of many from women who have had breast implants.

Architects dream of green park

Bob Berkebile, the principle of BNIM Architects in Kansas City and the architect for the Discovery Center Project at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, did not have a vision for the building when he came to Columbia this weekend. He left that part up to the community.

Berkebile said he signed on with Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in 2001 as the architect for the Discovery Center, a new visitor’s center that would overlook the part of the park. Meredith Donaldson, director of the Discovery Center Project, said Berkebile was selected to head the project because of his reputation for constructing “green” buildings.

Prescription coverage revised

JEFFERSON CITY — Tucked into legislation cutting tens of thousands of people from the state’s Medicaid rolls is a provision reconfiguring a program that provides prescription drug benefits to older people.

Missouri’s SenioRx program provides helps with drug costs to more than 17,000 Missourians age 65 and older who have too much money to qualify for the government-run Medicaid program for the poor but not enough to afford private prescription coverage. But the state is changing its program to mesh with a federal prescription drug benefit that is part of the Medicare program and is set to take effect in January.

Priday powers MU to sweep of Aggies

For two weeks, no home runs would come for Missouri. The Tigers were winning, but they had to scratch and claw for every run they could get.

Freshman Jacob Priday changed all of that Sunday. Twice.

Spring begins to bloom

Patrick and Laurie Hamilton spent Saturday morning browsing rows of flowers and plants at Strawberry Hill Farms with their son, Josh. Like many other Columbians, the Hamiltons see gardening as a fun and therapeutic activity.

“It’s fun. It’s therapeutic,” Patrick Hamilton said.

Tiger wins his fourth green jacket in playoff

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is the Masters champion once again, turning back a surprising challenge Sunday with a shot of sheer magic and a birdie putt to win a playoff he never expected.

A spectacular finish of birdies and bogeys finally ended when Woods produced the most important shot of all: a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to capture his fourth green jacket and finally put away the gritty Chris DiMarco.

Newly elected councilwomen to take oath

Laura Nauser, touted as a business-savvy and growth-friendly real estate agent, will attend a swearing-in ceremony tonight that will make her Columbia’s new Fifth Ward city councilwoman.

Nauser won Tuesday’s election, beating Columbia attorney Gayle Troutwine and state epidemiologist Joseph Vradenburg.

Tigers softball team sweeps

The Missouri softball team completed a two-game sweep of Texas Tech with a 3-1 victory Sunday in Lubbock, Texas. The Tigers moved to 31-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

Senior pitcher Erin Kalka (4-3) allowed three hits and struck out five to earn the win.

MU vet student takes first in contest

What is the most common radiographic finding with discospondolitis?

Name the two most common deficiencies diagnosed in avian medicine.