Teens of expression: Aurielle Sisson-White

To combat summer boredom and express herself, Aurielle Sisson-White, 16, has turned to her own creativity. “A few weeks ago I nailed some boards together and painted a mural in my room,” she says off-handedly, as if she were mentioning what she ate for lunch.

Teens of expression: Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller, 17, writes songs, but it took him a long time to be comfortable sharing his music. His reluctance to express himself through music was even more acute at Hickman High School, where he thinks the social climate can be stifling.

Teens of expression: Tim Douglas

Tim Douglas, 18 and a recent graduate of Hickman High School, does not write for a grade. He writes for himself. Tim writes the way he speaks: boldly and to the point. He often talks about race and identity, even when it gets personal and uncomfortable.

Teens of expression

Americans of every generation have to discover who they are and what they stand for. Coming to grips with their own reality and finding their place is a recurring rite of passage. Expression, in all of its forms, has been the means individuals have used so that they might define their time, instead of letting their time define them.

Teens of expression: Jade Li

Jade Li, 17, spends more than 10 hours a day online, taking care of her half dozen blogs. Typically, she gets online about 10 a.m. and checks e-mail, Facebook and MySpace. And then there is writing to do. “My blogs are how I feel, it’s like a diary or journal sometimes,” Jade says.

Reconstructing Confucius

At first, the Web site director and his schoolteacher wife sent their 5-year-old son to a Confucian school in this central Chinese city simply because it was two minutes from home. But the more they learned about the school, the more they liked what they saw.

Eating disorders have no age limit

Kelli Smith was nervous as she walked into the Philadelphia treatment center, seeking help at last for her anorexia. Looking around at the other patients, she was struck by how young they seemed.

Everybody gets to participate in gathering the news

It’s not every day that you get a headline like “helicopter crashes” in our fair town. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure the last time I saw one of those birds flitting above the tree line. But crash we had on Tuesday.

Two Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters to fight blaze in Oregon

The two will join 1,000 firefighters in fighting the fire that has already affected 75,000 square acres in northeastern Oregon.

First Student bomb threat yields no explosives

Police and security personnel found no evidence of a bomb after a bomb threat was called in to a pay phone at First Student Transportation this morning.

Schnucks Markets Inc. issues voluntary recall of turkey wings

Customers can return affected product, which might not have been cooked completely, to Schnucks for an exchange or full refund.

Missouri Theatre’s yard sale set for Sunday

The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts is holding a sale to get rid of the old and make room for the new.

Shiloh bar looking for new location

The owner of the building, real estate developer Jack Rader, told the bar’s owner, Tom Atkinson, in January that he had decided not to renew the lease.

State senator cited for using false ID at casino

A state senator faces charges after state gambling officials say he used a false ID to enter a casino.

Sales tax holiday weekend under way

Friday marked the beginning of the state’s sales tax holiday weekend. No state sales tax will be collected statewide on back-to-school items, from clothing to notebooks and pencils to computers, up to a certain amount.

Line to succeed Bell has formed

After Buddy Bell steps down at the end of the season, who will get the next shot at trying to manage the Kansas City Royals back to respectability?

A 2004 foot injury has hampered the veteran cornerback

It was only a routine interception during 11-on-11 drills, nothing that won’t be repeated a hundred times in training camps all over the country. But it gave Ty Law, who has been struggling for three years to regain the form that made him a five-time Pro Bowler, more satisfaction than the pick he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Rams welcome new punter

The St. Louis Rams needed some stability at the punter position, and Donnie Jones needed a fresh start. Jones signed a five-year free-agent contract with St. Louis in April. He is expected to be the long-term answer to what has been a problem spot for the Rams.

Ejection leaves Cards in bind

Adam Kennedy had played in 1,103 major league games heading into Thursday. He had never played in the outfield, though.

Back to school for former players

When Kansas State linebacker Terry Pierce announced in 2003 he was skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft, he was only 13 credits short of graduating.