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Sickle cell awareness in churches increases black blood donors

Sickle cell researchers in St. Louis say they've significantly increased blood donations to fight the disease with appeals targeted at predominantly black church congregations in the city.

Orr Street Studios director hopes to fuel community interest

For Elaine Johnson, living with art is like having "a varied and abundant group of friends." As director of Orr Street Studios, she said she hopes Columbia neighbors will fall in love with art like she has.

Disc jockey chooses music to help with the hard times

Each week, Steve Donofrio tries to keep his radio show relevant, even when it's reflecting the current economic situation.

Congregation Beth Shalom to host charitable Hanukkah party

The party will collect toys, books and games for charity. A $6 chartiable donation will be accepted at the door for entrance into the party. Children under the age of 5 can enter for free.

Students prepare for music juries

MU music students have been practicing intensely for their juries, the music equivalent of finals. Sophomore trombonist Josh Kennedy said students perform in front of their professors, often with a piano accompaniment. They are graded on how well they play and how they have progressed throughout the semester.

The Fine Arts building at MU, which houses the practice rooms, has seen some students spending hours per day preparing. Click the pictures above to hear and see five students on the journey to the juries.

BOONE LIFE: Building a work ethic

Two young men from Harrisburg aren't strangers to cold weather and a little hard work. The two do odd jobs such shoveling snowy driveways and mowing lawns in order to raise cash.

Internet usage brings up new etiquette questions

Netiquette is a set of guidelines for how to interact with others on the Internet. It is important not just for personal computer use but also for educational purposes.

New study firmly ties hormone use to breast cancer

A new analysis of a big federal study finds that taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer and even women who take the pills for as little as a couple of years have a greater risk of getting cancer.

Live nativity leads visitors through interactive Bethlehem

At Fairview United Methodist Church's "Little Bethlehem," visitors can talk to the gatekeeper and the innkeeper before arriving at a stable, where they meet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Beer pong becomes serious sport; critics concerned about underage drinking

Competitive beer pong players are turning the game into an industry for beer pong tables, accessories, social networking sites, tournaments and even statistic-tracking software.

Students no strangers to sleep starvation

In the last 10 years, people on average have lost about an hour of sleep each night, chipping away from 7 1/2 or eight hours to just 6 1/2 or seven. It's a pattern that transcends age; professionals, students, teens and others are among many people who aren't getting enough sleep.

Symbols explain essence of Advent season

A number of churches in Columbia, including those in the Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions, celebrate Advent with special services, prayers, hymns, decorations and other activities during the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

'Woman' fuses dance and theater

Moon Belly Dance Studio presents "Woman," a fusion of hip-hop, belly-dancing, jazz and theater, this Saturday at The Blue Note.

12 Days of Christmas

Forget the turtledoves and French hens, Missourian reporters set out to find more practical holiday events and gift possibilities for the days leading up to Christmas.

Patron of the arts promotes composition in MU music community

The originator of the Creating Original Music Project, a composition competition for MU and K-12 students, is working with the MU School of Music and others to make Columbia a center for composing and performing new music.

BOONE LIFE: 1353 mailboxes postal worker experiences Hallsville's growth firsthand

Alan Austene, a 32-year veteran postal worker in Hallsville, makes more stops on his route than he used to. Over the years, new subdivisions have grown where development was once sparser, punctuating his route with more and more mailboxes.

Healthy people should have right to brain pills, some scientists say

A commentary published online by the journal Nature stated that brain pills provide new methods of improving brain functions. However, it stated more research and a variety of steps are needed to manage the risks.

Faith takes Franklin County couple back to Brazil

After a year and a half in the U.S., a missionary and his wife return to his native country of Brazil.

Palestinian author shares story of struggles and inspiration

Ibtisam Barakat has written a book about her struggles as a child growing up in Palestine. She now lives in Columbia, and she shared her thoughts on Columbia, writing and telling the Palestinian story.

Center hopes to breed endangered salamanders

The hellbender, considered by some to be the most grotesque-looking salamander in North America, has been on the state's endangered species list. A program is being developed to breed hellbenders in captivity and release them into the wild.

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