Thousands turn out to be entertained by the Rocket Man

Self proclaimed “huge Elton John fans” Erin Collette, Jill Best, Theresa Pendziski and Patty Keller threw together their costumes just before heading to the concert Friday night, Oct. 5, 2007, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

Elton John in concert at Mizzou Arena.

Fasting ritual common among faiths

With the month of Ramadan in full swing, and the Yom Kippur fast recently ended, it’s time to examine the use of fasts in spiritual life.

Search malfunctions frustrate Missourian editor

Missourian editor provides helpful links that direct the public to stories of interest.

Doctor’s news leaves to-be parents jarred

An expecting father recalls what he felt when a doctor told his wife that their baby won’t have a full uterus in which to grow.

Aerobic dance instructor creates energized musical workout

Vicki Pinkel, 54, is the instructor of an aerobic dance class called “Pinkel’s Ladies” at the Activity and Recreation Center in Columbia. The class choreographs dances to oldies, show tunes and country music and meets three times a week. She has been teaching since 1980.

Waiting for the ink to dry

Increasing acceptance of body art is changing the look and feel of today’s workplace.

You don’t need a special day to ask silly questions

Although the official Ask a Silly Question day has passed, here are some interesting questions Columbians have heard.

Chris Stevens

Jollene Kuo

Justin Stuart

Dean Jones

What I Hate...

Servers at Columbia restaurants share some of their pet peeves.

Non-English speakers in Missouri schools increases

Non-English languages spoken in Missouri schools have changed in the past 10 years. Here’s how.

Milestones: Recognition of mid-Missouri residents

Columbia residents named to new job posts and MU students earn second place in a competition among military chefs.

Architects, administrators reinvent high school designs

Innovations in architecture, technology and teaching methods have led to unique environments in high schools throughout the country, but the focus continues to be on student learning.

Five ideas: What do you think about these events that came up in the news this week?

Commission will wait to rule on campaign contribution limits

The Missouri Ethics Commission next month will decide whether candidates received excess contributions and whether those candidates are entitled to keep the money.

In their own words: Into the wild with Jack Schultz

A researcher and administrator by day, Schultz is also a music enthusiast who has been known to carry a guitar into the wild.

MU surgeon brings new approach to hip resurfacing

Although the procedure has been around for more than 30 years, Sonny Bal’s approach offers advantages by preserving bones and allowing quicker recoveries.

Belief in Brief: Seventh-day Adventism

Seventh-day Adventism is a fast growing religion with more than 14 million Seventh-day Adventists worldwide.