Queen of the ‘Golden Era’

‘I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England,” Elizabeth I told her troops before facing the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Look up for art

Behind the colorful awnings and elegant window displays of the shops and restaurants in downtown Columbia, more subtle beauty can be found.

Waiting game

It’s a rainy afternoon in McBaine. Inside Lucy’s Bar & Grill, a group of farmers and other residents takes advantage of the weather. They’re playing four-point pitch in the back of the restaurant, slapping cards down on an old wooden table, laughing and joking as hands sweep up tricks.

All these years, it’s been AD/HD?

They say that an earlier diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder would have spared them disappointment, frustration and one of life’s most precious commodities: time.

Connecting Catholics

If not for the ketchup bottles and dirty silverware, the small globes of light adorning each table would give the room in Boone Tavern a celestial feel. The crowd quietly chatters until John Frymire, an assistant professor of history at MU, stands and brings the group to order.

Belief in brief: Pentecostalism

Pentecostalism’s enthusiastic approach to religious services, such as the occasional speaking in tongues, sets it apart from other Christian denominations.

Hospital celebrates 50 years

On a chilly October Thursday in 1987, Nancy and Randall Allen nervously waited to find out the condition of their newborn son. Only a week old and born three months premature, Benjamin had trouble breathing, his color was purple, and he was very weak.

Full voters guide 2006

Boone County voters go to the polls Tuesday to help decide a host of local, state and national races and issues. Here's you guide to everything on the ballot.

Voters guide: 9th District U.S. representative

Republican incumbent Kenny Hulshof, Democrat Duane Burghard, Progressive Party candidate Bill Hastings and Libertarian Steven Hedrick are running for Missouri’s 9th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Voters guide: U.S. senator

The U.S. Senate race has been a bitter contest between incumbent Republican Jim Talent and Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill. Libertarian Frank Gilmour and Progressive Party candidate Lydia Lewis are also in the race.

Watkins dismisses review board idea

City Manager Bill Watkins is recommending that the City Council vote against the creation of a citizens board that would act as a watchdog for the Columbia Police Department.

Voter guide: Information on proposed amendments

Amendments on the ballot include: Stem cell initiative, Tobacco tax increase, Property tax exemption for veterans groups, State pensions and salaries.

Voter guide: Proposition B

Proposition B calls for an increase in Missouri’s minimum wage from the federally mandated $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour and for an adjustment for inflation every year thereafter.

Heavy voter turnout projected

A heated U.S. Senate race, a series of contentious ballot issues and close contests for state representative seats will combine to produce one of the biggest midterm election turnouts ever in Boone County, County Clerk Wendy Noren said.

Note from the editor: Putting campaigns back on track

Dear Reader: I could tell you to vote on Tuesday — that it’s an important election, that all elections are important to the democratic process, that giving up that right is like telling your boss “no thanks” when she offers you a bonus and a raise — but I figure you know that.

Voter guide: State races

Understand options for state representative.

MU freshman struck by car while cycling

An MU freshman became the second cyclist hit by a car in less than a week in Columbia, when he was struck near the MU campus Friday afternoon.

Firm to pinpoint police dissatisfaction

The Columbia Police Department has hired an MU consulting firm to figure out why its officers say they’re underpaid and underappreciated.

Columbia wins notice as ‘creative community’

With so many galleries, festivals, plays and music around town, the arts seem to be everywhere in Columbia.

A spiritual return

Flamenco and rumba rhythms by mid-Missouri band Los Desterrados combined with the aromas of freshly steamed tamales and stew-like pozole in MU’s Memorial Union on Saturday night for a celebration of the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead.