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Missouri home-cleaner turns away from chemical cleansers

For people who do more cleaning and have more exposure to non-natural cleaning agents — such as stay-at-home moms or domestic employees — there is a 54 percent increase in the risk of being diagnosed with various cancers, in addition to the potential for allergic reactions to the chemicals in certain cleansers.

IndyGround puts Columbia's hip-hop artists on the map

It's not just a record label: IndyGround is the center of Columbia's hip-hop universe and an incubator for new artists.

What is hip-hop?

It has always given voice to strong emotions. Turned to positive goals, it can be a tool for change in a community, one scholar-activist says.

Hip-hop struggles to gain respectability — and venues — in Columbia

Hip-hop has an image problem. But the people in Columbia who believe in it as an art form won't let the bad publicity get in the way of the music, which they say has an important place in the community.

Religious groups join the green movement

Columbia's faith community has been working to learn more about how to become better stewards of the Earth. A Care for Creation meeting on Jan. 25 will focus on weatherization.

The Green Bible

The Green Bible is printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink and has a cotton-linen cover.  It's being used as a tool by Christian to get people talking about the environment.

Wanted: Mid-Missouri artists to create art on a downtown traffic signal box

A project to make art of a downtown Columbia traffic signal box is intended to deter graffiti and help downtown look a little nicer.

Summer Repertory auditions open to public

Auditions for the 41st season start at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

From the fishbowl to the studio: Renee Hulshof takes on the airwaves

Renee Hulshof brings a regionally famous last name and more than a decade of seasoning as a political spouse to her new gig as Simon Rose's co-host on KFRU's "The Morning Meeting."

'Faces of Mexico' exhibit spans thousands of years

The student curator behind "Faces of Mexico," an exhibition at the MU Museum of Anthropology, wanted to focus on something that hadn't been done.

Artist finds passion in the printing

Ben Chlapek, a 23-year-old silk screen poster artist, is known for taking nontraditional approaches to his work, say a former teacher and friends. The results, however, are lighthearted.

Cowboy churches rope in new Christians

The cowboy church movement is about 40 years old but has grown rapidly in recent years, especially among Baptists. The Web site Cowboychurch.net lists 13 cowboy churches in Missouri.

Ashland mission church to become independent

A revival for art education at Columbia Art League

The Columbia Art League has received a $20,000 grant from the 3M Foundation. It will be used for arts education programs for youth.  “It's such a tremendous boost for the Columbia Art League at a time when everyone in the arts is feeling the pinch, and a great endorsement for creativity in our community by a national foundation,” said Diana Moxon, the art league's executive director.

‘Genius Among Us’ follows young composers at MU camp

The documentary was shot by feature film maker Randy Sinquefield, an MU graduate, and follows students for one week. "We're all music geeks, which has kind of made us bond," said one student.

Out of Africa and into a new world

They use the language resources available but still struggle with full assimilation into American life

Plagued with rheumatoid arthritis, Columbia drummer learns to play again

Columbia drummer Keith Lottes thought rheumatoid arthiritis would keep him from ever playing again. Ten years after the diagnosis, he's keeping the rhythm for two local bands.

Church financial giving shows signs of recession

Heightened conservatism with the checkbook may be trickling down to affect individuals' financial contributions to churches.

Trinity Presbyterian hires education director

 The church hires its first full-time education director to focus on working with youth.

Why Columbians blog

COLUMBIA — Jeff Porter, special projects director for the Association of Health Care Journalists, is adamant that his blog, "Stroke of Faith," isn't about him. In the "About Me" section of the site, Porter writes: "The term ‘About Me' is a default setting by the free blogging Web site and difficult to change. However, as the first post states, it's really not about me."

In fact, it took Porter seven years from when he suffered his own stroke, in May 1998, to start "Stroke of Faith." For those seven years, he tried to "push the experience away to a corner of my mind." Although he said he doesn't remember it, doctors told him he nearly died that day.

 

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