Tarred & painted

Creation and destruction define Joel Sager’s artwork and, to some extent, his life in recent years.

Radical write

LONDON — For more than 20 years, author Doris Lessing has lived on a quiet block in North London, in a brick Hampstead house among a row of such homes, as straight and steady as a line of toy soldiers.

Donation meant to boost art education

A donation is intended to help MU produce the next generation of art teachers.

Oral histories shared online

John Foley, director of MU’s Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, acknowledges that listening to an epic South Slavic poem online isn’t for everyone.

BOONE LIFE: Pumpkin picking

A wood-framed sign, backed by hay bales, pronounces “Hackman’s Farm Fresh Produce.” It introduces visitors to the Hackman’s front yard: potted plants, hay bales, wagons filled with gourds and squash — and pumpkins. They dominate the landscape, hundreds of them in every imaginable size.

Belief in brief: Islam and Christianity feeling tension

Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 12 speech to the University of Regensburg in Germany ignited a worldwide controversy. His quotation of a 14th century Christian Byzantine emperor has created cracks in the relationship between Islam and Christianity, two of the world’s largest religions.

Exacting precision

Imagine a world where doctors could perform precise surgery without scarring or pain, destroy cancer cells like in the video game Space Invaders and where the terrifying whine of the dentist’s drill would be little more than a distant memory. According to MU engineers, that world is just around the corner.

Recruiting people with BIG ideas

Dear Reader: I’m writing to you before the first round of Fall Visioning Festivals, so I don’t know how many packs of hot dogs or gallons of soft drinks were consumed. Will people show up? We’ll see.

Restaurateurs weigh in on smoking ban plans

On Wednesday morning, Osama Yanis was cutting cucumbers and parsley for the sandwiches he would serve later in the day at Coffee Zone, his restaurant on Ninth Street.

County employee insurance fund to see surplus

After years of crisis, Boone County is again financially healthy when it comes to its employee insurance fund.

Homecoming spirit parades into town

Corvettes and Mustangs with candy-tossing riders made their way through downtown Columbia on Friday afternoon as Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools celebrated homecoming together.

Health program focuses on rural care

The U.S. is experiencing a shortage of health care professionals, but help is on the way, according to a report from the UM System Health Care Task Force.

Editor tells librarians to fight censorship

People often envision librarians with a severe stare, pursed lips and an overbearing insistence on silence. But most librarians see themselves as fighters and even though they may not look like warriors, they are on the front lines of a cultural war over censorship.

Stream of conscience

John Belaka grew up in the Ozarks and was used to bushwhacking. He carried a tire, which he found in the stream bed, up the banks of Hinkson Creek and disappeared into the thick brush at the creek’s edge.

Peace coalition holds vigil

The Columbia Peace Coalition is more diligent than even the U.S. Postal System. Through rain, sleet, snow and even on holidays, the group meets outside the post office every Saturday to protest American wars.

Few folks find first vision festivals

On Saturday’s crisp and cool afternoon, food, music and crafts weren’t enough to bring people together to think about Columbia’s future.

Injured Marine moved from ICU

Lance Cpl. John McClellan, 20, who was wounded Sept. 26 while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Echo Company in Haditha, Iraq, was moved Saturday from the Intensive Care Unit at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to a surgical floor for less severe cases.

Finding a way in at any cost

TIJUANA, Mexico — Rising from the Pacific surf and zig-zagging along the border for 14 miles, Tijuana’s border fence has done little but push illegal migrants into the Arizona desert and feed the smuggling industry since it went up in 1994.

Columbia City Council special meeting

Key issues on the agenda:

Memories amid the muck

Edward Baldo, known affectionately to his wife, Joan, as “Eddie,” was born and raised in the Gentilly area of New Orleans.