Twitter Jitters: Catholics asked to give up texting, Facebook for Lent

Living without Facebook, Twitter and texting during Lent is a test of discipline for some Catholics. But, it offers some advantages for the faithful, too.

Students promote fashionable fundraising with clothing lines

Six fashion design students showcase their clothing lines in the third Model Citizen Fashion Show. The show raises money for the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Columbia musicians to embark on three-city Austria tour

The Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College are teaming up with the Columbia Civic Orchestra for a nine-day tour of Austria. The two groups will perform a preview of their tour Sunday evening at Columbia College.

Stephens' 'Fuddy Meers' explores challenges of communication

"Fuddy Meers," a new play at Stephens College, revolves around characters experiencing roadblocks to communicating clearly, including a lisp, a stroke, dyslexia and schizophrenia.

Stem cell debate renewed in Columbia

MU scientists deconstruct the legitimacy of adult stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research.

MU professor wins prestigious Goodeve Medal

Kalyan Pasupathy received the award for his work with the Red Cross. He helped develop a formula that translates data and lets Red Cross chapters gain a better understanding of their organization's potential given available staff and resources. 

MU Music School gift to help Columbia become center for music composition

Arts supporter and musician Jeanne Sinquefield and her husband, Rex, gave $1 million to the MU School of Music, which will, among other things, create full scholarships, assistantships and a summer music festival.

Taste of Mid-Missouri to feature several new restaurants

The 24th annual Taste of Mid-Missouri features delicious fare from both new and old restaurants in Columbia.

BOONE LIFE: Dancing with 'Wild Older Women'

Retiree Fred West spends his free time line dancing at various locales in mid-Missouri. He is the lone male in a group of female senior citizen line dancers who call themselves "Wild Older Women."

Effects of climate change in Missouri take root

Temperatures have been rising slowly over the past several decades in Missouri, causing cardinals to sing sooner, some birds to move northward and different species of plants to thrive in more northern climates. Scientists say now is the time to take action.

What is Purim?

Parents and children gathered Sunday to celebrate this year's Purim carnival at Congregation Beth Shalom.

No joke: 'Real World' audition challenges reality TV perceptions

A Missourian reporter learns first-hand that reality TV has some truth to it — and, so far, he's made it to the third round of casting.

Father of dead soldier investigates daughter's death

Army Pfc. LaVena Johnson's death in Iraq in 2005 was ruled as a suicide by Army investigators, however, her family is reveiwing evidence and death scene photos, which they think point to signs of murder and possibly sexual assualt.

Columbia Regional Hospital to receive baby sleepers from 4-H members

Members of the MU Extension 4-H are sewing baby sleepers for the Columbia Regional Hospital. These sleepers reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and help teach parents proper swaddling techniques.

Parking causes problems for downtown churches

Parking downtown is a struggle for churchgoers, especially during festival and football game weekends.

FBI raid, lawsuit threaten Angel Food Ministries reputation

Questions have been raised about Angel Food Ministries, a non-denominational Christian charity that sells low-cost food boxes, after an FBI raid on the group's headquarters. The charity is also facing a lawsuit filed by two of its board members.

Columbia's churches give financial advice

These are bad times for the economy, so Columbians are turning to churches to get help managing their money.

Blind artist: 'Painting is seeing for me'

Artist John Bramblitt has lived in darkness since 2001, but he still sees in color. Bramblitt is in Columbia this week giving workshops for artists, students and teachers as part of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology's "Driven" exhibit. The exhibit showcases the work of artists with disabilities.

Plenty of live weekend music planned for Columbia

Columbia is set to be rich with live music this weekend, including orchestras and a jazz ensemble. Two master classes are part of the lineup.

History's Closet full of treasured items for public display

Usually in storage, a noteworthy cross-section of historical clothing will be presented to raise money for the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection.