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Will less smoke make Columbia more heart-healthy?

Helena, Mont., was several years ahead of Columbia when its lawmakers outlawed smoking in most public places.

A steady beat

Steddy P, whose given name is Ray Pierce, has been an emcee and performer at the Sapphire Lounge’s hip-hop night, “Mad Real Mondays,” since it began in September 2005. He’s listened to hip-hop since he was 7, after seeing artists such as Dr. Dre, Public Enemy and LL Cool J, and the show “Yo! MTV Raps” on cable television.

Denied: Wiccans and the military

The night wind pushes Don Larsen’s green robe against his lanky frame.

First Presbyterian looks to renovate church

The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia is hoping to raise $4.5 million for a renovation project that will expand its fellowship space and improve accessibility.

Roush Racing now paired with MLB

It may have seemed a little odd on the Wednesday evening before the Daytona 500 to see Columbia’s Carl Edwards and his Roush Racing teammates playing some pickup baseball on a minor league baseball field in their driver’s suits, but thanks to a new partnership with John Henry, majority owner of the Boston Red Sox, Edwards and company will now be associated with Major League Baseball.

True/False Film Festival marches into Columbia

Elanor Leskew of the Mucca Pazza marching band plays the trombone during the March March parade in Columbia yesterday.

Delivery options

When Susan Renoe was expecting her first child, she knew that she wanted to have an out-of-hospital birth. So she looked into the phone book and found the Whole Health Family Birth Center, the predecessor to Columbia Community Birth Center.

Fortepiano to help students hear music the way it was composed

Last November, when a custom-made McNulty fortepiano arrived at the MU School of Music, piano professor Janice Wenger didn’t even wait for it to be in her office to play it.

Boone County committee meets to discuss early childhood education

An advisory committee to the Boone County Coordinating Board for Early Childhood Education met Thursday to brainstorm on what’s needed to create an improved early childhood education system.

Siblings injured in car accident

Two Hickman High School students were injured early Thursday when their car spun off the road and overturned in heavy rain on Interstate 70 near the Stadium Boulevard exit.

MU baseball team set for home opener

After three weekends of up-and-down road trips, the Missouri baseball team (6-5) returns to Columbia to host its home opener at 6:30 tonight at Taylor Stadium against Youngstown State. Only 11 games into their 56-game schedule, the Tigers have relied heavily on several freshman to contribute.

Council hopefuls share views with voters

Columbia City Council candidates gathered Thursday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce for the first forum discussion ahead of the April 3 election. Mayor Darwin Hindman, who is seeking a fifth term, could not attend the meeting for reasons related to his treatment for prostate cancer, his representative Craig Brumfield said.

Banished

PIERCE CITY — “I’m sick of talking about this,” Willie Parks told me politely but firmly during a recent telephone interview.

Lagging car sales hit other jobs, too

Turmoil in the auto manufacturing industry has not escaped Columbia.

New bills try to heal Medicaid

JEFFERSON CITY — In 1997, doctors diagnosed Richard Green with multiple sclerosis, a disease where the body’s immune cells attack the nervous system, leading to a slow, progressive degeneration.

Fans fall in for festival of films

Rocheport farmer Nancy Shepherd has several hours of chores to take care of this weekend. But between caring for her calving cows and baby potbellied pigs, she’ll be squeezing in time for seven films at the True/False Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday afternoon. At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Shepherd was No. 90 in line at the Cherry Street Artisan for tickets, which went on sale at noon. Shepherd said she and her husband were inspired to attend True/False this year after attending the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland a few years ago.

Moon puts on a show Saturday

If you want the best view of Saturday’s twilight lunar eclipse, find a good view of the eastern horizon and be in place by 6 p.m.

Extra effort not enough for Tigers in home finale

Senior Tiffany Brooks scored the first two points against Kansas with two free throws. She went on to score nine of the team’s first 11.

Tournament should draw more fans

Missouri is hoping to get help from the home crowd when they host the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship on Saturday at Hearnes Center. At the same time, the tournament could provide a boost for the entire wrestling community in the area.

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