Friendships among females can have positive health benefits

According to a 2000 UCLA study, friendships among females can be calming and help lower stress levels. These friendships create social networks, which are not as common in male friendships. Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, explained that these networks can help women on a long-term basis.

Columbia women met in kindergarten, still friends 50 years later

Connie Taylor, 54, and Moni Lentz, 55, have been best friends since the first day of kindergarten at Eugene Field Elementary School in 1959.

Health officials say swine flu concerns are declining

After initial concerns about the virus, health officials say the number of phone calls requesting information about the swine flu has started to slow down.

Laid-off software engineer offers 'cheap therapy' and chance to break stuff

Customers of Smash-N-Shatter can break shot glasses, plates or bring their own breakable items.

Author Nancy Rue to speak to 'tween' girls, mothers at Columbia's Woodcrest Chapel

Nancy Rue's "Beauty of Believing" tour will kick off Mother's Day weekend with a visit to Columbia on Saturday. Rue has written a Christian novel series called Faithgirlz, which considers issues "tween" girls often confront as they grow up, including body image and friendships.

Columbia children to star in 'The Little Mermaid' on Saturday

On Monday, the Missoula Children's Theatre came to Columbia to hold auditions for young performers. They're scheduled to put on a full-scale theatrical Saturday.

4 more swine flu cases confirmed in Missouri

Missouri now has a total of six confirmed cases of swine flu, none of them in Boone County.

MU student Jessica Huang's 'Mermaids' plunges into conflict, 10 minutes later surfaces with a lifetime

How much can you say in 10 minutes of dialogue? A lifetime and more in the hands of the right writer. MU senior Jessica Huang's script, "Mermaids," won at a regional theater festival in Lawrence, Kan., in January, making it one of four 10-minute plays produced at a national competition in April* in Washington, D.C. Huang, who studies journalism and playwriting*, holds tight to her creativity and the depth of storytelling even as she responds to a societal demand for information to be faster and shorter.

Four probable swine flu cases identified in Kansas City

Missouri health officials said Sunday that four more probable cases of swine flu have been identified in the Kansas City metropolitan area, bringing the total number of cases in Missouri residents to eight.

Boone Life: 'River rats' come out to play

After several days of heavy rain, Millersburg resident Darren Crites and his friend Kelley Neal were spotted testing their Jet Skis in what used to be a parking lot. The pair was accompanied by Crites' dog Chloe, who had to wait in the truck while the adults had their fun.

Airstream owners connect at Boone County Fairgrounds

Airstream trailer owners had a chance to connect with fellow owners as well as view other trailers during the open house of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International's Region 8 rally Saturday. The rally itself ran from Wednesday to Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Workplaces behind schools in swine flu prevention plans

A survey found that more than half of 300 workplaces had plans for a pandemic.

Missouri officials release additional info on 2 probable swine flu cases

The two probable cases — a father and son from Howard County — had recently traveled to Mexico and have been advised to stay home to avoid contact with others.

Canada: First pigs found with new swine flu virus

About 200 pigs on a farm in Alberta, Canada, have been quarantined after being infected with swine flu. It is the first known case of pigs having the virus, but officials say that eating pork still does not pose an infection risk.

Swine flu scare doesn't stop Mexico's drug war

Mexican drug traffickers are taking advantage of the swine flu scare: masks are helping conceal their identities and empty streets are freeing up the drug thoroughfares.

Pray for those you've lost touch with

Maj. K. Kendall Mathews writes about losing selfishness and reconnecting with people from the past.

Former Carter advisor gives talk at MU on Arab-Israeli relations

Former President Jimmy Carter's adviser on Middle East affairs discussed previous strategies to solve and the current state of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Longtime Columbia DJ 'Crazy Charley' Blackmore still scratching and spinning

As Hickman High School celebrates the 100th anniversary of its mascot, one die-hard alumnus of the school, Charley Blackmore, keeps cheering on his Kewpies and serving the community by sharing his time and vast music collection.

Franciscan priest speaks in Columbia on U.S.-Iran relations

Father Vitale speaks at MU of terrorism, torture and war.

Missouri House OKs amendment to let pharmacies refuse contraception pills

Republicans say the amendment, which passed the house in a 115-43 vote, gives pharmacies the freedom to choose the products they stock. Democrats call it an attempt to control womens' bodies.