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Rabbi, pastor give instructions on how to read Scripture

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch said he believes that science is "Judaism's ally" and can be used to help interpret the Torah. Pastor John Baker said he believes the Bible should be seen as a book of books, where each one is different and has a different function.

Trees help cleanse landfill

 

1,800 cottonwood and sycamore trees were planted at the Columbia Solid Waste Division landfill last year to help soak up and cleanse toxic groundwater.

Healing, relaxing, and liberating

Pam Fleenor and John Benton have made a life out of drumming. For these two percussionists, hand drumming is a universal human experience, something they are trying to share with others.

Columbians remember Christmases during the Depression

Growing up during the 1930s and 1940s, Katherine Finley, Mary Watkins and Claude Havens learned to live without some luxuries, but relished Christmastime.

MU trombone choir brings people together for music, service

The MU trombone choir, begun in 1992, combines school with friendship and community service for its 25 members.

Newlyweds choosing courthouse instead of chapel

The Boone County Courthouse is booked up for weddings through February 2009, with some couples booking three months in advance.

Columbia's Jewish community gathers for Hanukkah

More than 100 people gathered Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Congregation Beth Shalom observes Hanukkah

About 100 people celebrated the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day festival of lights, during a gathering at Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday.

BOONE LIFE: Southern Boone teacher helps students add motion to music

Justin Nabors, a music instructor for the Southern Boone School District, teaches his fifth-grade students through a combination of singing and dancing.

The origins of holiday traditions

Race and wealth a factor in health disparities

An assessment of reports and surveys shows that, in Missouri, minorities and those with lower annual incomes are more likely to have a higher rate of diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.

The Latin Revival

The "mother tongue" is back. With 70-strong Latin enrollment at Rock Bridge High School, consistent numbers at Hickman High School and its status as a required class at Columbia Independent School, Columbia is part of a nationwide revival of the "dead language."

Cardboard testimonies simplify messages about faith

The telling of the story is called a cardboard testimony. Members of churches leave their pews and step up in front of the congregation long enough to show fellow churchgoers part of their lives. On the first side, written out big and bold for all to see, is a struggle, trial or sin that person has battled with. Flip it over, and the sign shows where the person is today. And the person giving the testimony credits his or her new life to changes brought by a relationship with Christ.

Art reveals winter's varying shades

Two artists, separated by centuries and the Atlantic Ocean, offer distinct perspectives on winter in their artwork, displayed at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU.

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.

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