Finding faith: Journeys from birth to adulthood

The Missourian sought to report on a few of the spiritual treks and rites of passage affecting thousands of mid-Missouri children and young adults each year. This series examines a handful of these journeys, from the choices parents make at a child's birth about which faith they'll learn to the commitment young adults make when finding a faith for themselves.

Hickman formations flummox Rock Bridge

The Kewpies used a variety of unique formations and motions to the keep the Rock Bridge defense off-balance all night in Friday night's 41-7 Providence Bowl win.

LETTER: TV inappropriately depicts women's violence during rape awareness week

The sensationalizing of violence against women during a week designated against it is unproductive and raises questions about ethics in media.

Obama and McCain supporters host debate watch parties

Supporters of Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain have planned watch parties in Columbia for those who want to watch the debates.

Alternative medicine finds home at Johns Hopkins

Jill Eisner lay still as an acupuncturist pushed thin needles into her face and feet, soft music playing in the background. In another room, an herbologist studied his antidote for severe acne: a concoction of 12 ingredients, including dandelion roots, tangerine peel and dried raspberries. A few doors down, Linda Lee, dressed in a white lab coat, used the tools of conventional medicine to treat a patient for digestive problems.

The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, which opened Sept. 2, is the latest indication that alternative medicine is making its mark in mainstream health care settings.

Cougars volleyball teams wins pair

Columbia College volleyball won both its matches Friday at the Bellevue (Neb.) University Bruin Classic.

Columbia College soccer shells Williams Baptist

MU softball to host doubleheader Saturday

MU Volleyball hosts SIUE Saturday

Heart attack determined cause of fatal crash

Kenneth Gregg, 69, died after wrecking his 2002 Ford Thunderbird at the intersection of Vandiver and Bass Pro drives after having a heart attack. His death will not be considered a motor vehicle fatality.

Columbia students named National Merit semifinalists

Eighteen Hickman High School students, six Rock Bridge High School students and one Christian Fellowship School student were named 2009 National Merit semifinalists.

Bush to appear at Hulshof fundraiser in St. Louis Co.

The president is scheduled to appear at the dinner at Hunter Farms on Oct. 3. The invitation requests a donation of $10,000 to $25,000 per couple to attend a private reception and photo opportunity with Bush.

Despite national bailouts, Columbia's housing market still OK

National bailouts and a record number of foreclosures haven't affected Columbia's housing market too much. The market remains solid, Realtors and bankers say.

Police offer chance for citizens to speak out

The Columbia Police Department, which is currently in the process of revising its strategic plan, is seeking community opinion in efforts to improve the program.

Stephens fashion design students promote breast cancer awareness

Stephens hosts its third annual Fashion for Cause in which students create dresses from non-fashion materials. The dresses are inspired by the stories of local breast cancer survivors.

ACLU to host seminar on influencing public policy

The Citizen Empowerment Seminar, hosted by the ACLU, will take place from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the MU Law School.

Wolf sanctuary at Washington University set to close

The lease is up for the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. The sanctuary has plans to move but has not yet done so.

Urban superintendents prove hard to hold on to

On Friday, Kelvin Adams signed a three-year contract on Friday with St. Louis schools. He will be the district's eighth superintendent in five yeras, reflecting a national trend.

Well, the advertising IS mobile, but it's not what clients expect

Authorities in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are searching for a couple they say are scamming customers by promising mobile advertising that will be seen by thousands. What they deliver is a home flat-screen TV held onto the top of an old van with 2-by-4s, bolts and bungee cords.

MoDot flagman dies in work zone crash

Troopers said an 18-wheeler read-ended a stopped car in a work zone on U.S. 63 in southern Missouri. The impact sent the rig off the road and onto the workman, who was from Rolla.