A passion for dance

Claire Magee, of Columbia, warms up with her fellow dancers in the Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company in preparation for a performance at the Missouri Theatre. Magee was recently accepted at the Juilliard School to study ballet.

Flexed feet, pitched turns and body-wrenching lifts are mainstays of Claire Magee’s current style of dance: modern and ballet mixed with a determined attitude and a lot of power and strength.

Library tax failure seen as Hallsville opportunity

Almost as soon as the April 3 election results were made public, Susan Daly got busy. For about one month, Daly filed through school data and census reports, called town meetings and evaluated public interest.

Partisanship in Senate blamed on term limits

The Senate has always prided itself on being the chamber where discussion and compromise are encouraged, but recent actions and accusations by both parties may have led to a deterioration of these ideals.

Studies show that mood can sway belief

Do you believe in UFOs? Still believe that Santa Claus exists? According to a recent study by Laura King, a professor of psychological sciences at MU, these seemingly irrational thoughts may be a result of your mood.

Foundation helps patients, families with the costs of cancer

After Martha Broyles’ husband was diagnosed with brain cancer, she wasn’t able to work and had to spend time at home to take care of him. Bob Broyles was receiving disability pay, but they were having problems paying the bills.

Playful performers

It’s three hours before the show, and the flavorful, buttery smell of popcorn starts to slowly waft through the air, swirling with the gritty dust at the Boone County Fairgrounds Coliseum.

DePaul ends MU softball season

The Missouri softball team ended its season with a 3-0 loss to DePaul on Saturday in the championship round of its NCAA regional at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

MU baseball finishes with sweep of OSU

Kyle Mach singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Missouri capitalized on two Oklahoma State errors for a 7-4 win Sunday that completed a three-game sweep in Stillwater, Okla.

Cards Swept Away

DETROIT — Detroit’s Justin Verlander stayed unbeaten in May and Brandon Inge hit a home run to help the Tigers win 6-2 on Sunday, completing a sweep of the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Aaron’s hometown braces for record breaker

MOBILE, Ala. — Charlie Lord stands at the entrance to Hank Aaron Stadium, under a giant baseball emblazoned with the famed “755” and facing a life-sized cutout of Mobile’s most famous son.

There may be no Sense in running Belmont

BALTIMORE — No Triple, no buzz.

And maybe no Kentucky Derby winner for the Belmont Stakes, either.

Eyes wide shut for Royals

DENVER — Reliever Joel Peralta couldn’t describe his first major league hit. His eyes were closed. Peralta, a converted shortstop, connected on a two-run double in a five-run 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 on Sunday.

Leadership shifts at World Bank

It has taken the World Bank and the Bush administration much time to find a way to remove Paul Wolf­o­witz as the bank’s preside.

Tax cuts may cost Missouri some savings

Lawmakers, who often liken budgeting to a family balancing its checkbook, might need to transfer money from the state’s savings account to cover checks written during the 2007 legislative session that ended Friday.

WWII archives released

BAD AROLSEN, Germany — Looking back at the first weeks after World War II, a French lieutenant named Henri Francois-Poncet despaired at ever fulfilling his mission of establishing the fate of French inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.