MU rec complex responds to Zumba craze

The exercise phenomenon Zumba has been sweeping the nation and now the MU Student Recreation Complex is meeting the increased need for Zumba instructors by hosting a Zumba training workshop in March.

Former child soldier uses storytelling to heal from trauma

Former Sierra Leone child soldier Ishmael Beah and his mother, professional storyteller Laura Simms, kicked off their four-day community residency "Telling Stories, Changing Lives" Wednesday night with a lecture at Jesse Hall.

MU researcher discovers drug may reduce breast cancer tumors

MU researcher Salman Hyder says he has found a drug that could help inhibit the growth of breast cancer tumors that experience accelerated growth from the hormone progestin. His research shows that 40 to 50 percent of lab rat tumors were treated by the drug, PRIMA-1.

Magical twist on rehabilitation therapy

Kevin Spencer calls on his skills as a professional magician to offer an unexpected type of healing. He brought his "Healing of Magic" program to MU on Wednesday, teaching occupational therapy students and alumni magic tricks that he customized for use in physical rehabilitation.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra swings into Columbia

The recent Grammy Award-winning group will perform at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday, and two of it members are participating in a panel discussion at MU today. The orchestra has been performing since 1965.

Child soldier's visit spotlights power of storytelling

A former child soldier and his storyteller adoptive mother are coming to Columbia to share his experiences. The public can attend several related events.

BOONE LIFE: Midway Travel Plaza highlights the honky-tonk

Midway Travel Plaza embodies the spirit of the sublime American travel experience and the Back Door Lounge promises honky-tonk nights just west of town.

Some in arts community favor creation of Cabinet-level cultural position

A petition campaign calling on Barack Obama to appoint a secretary of arts has collected more than 233,600 online signatures.

Columbia church uses Valentine's Day for volunteering

Karis Community Church used Valentine's Day to serve the Columbia community by volunteering.

Student creates elegant scenery for 'Anastasia'

Director Beth Leonard is pleased with student set designer Michaela Stein's creation for Stephens College's production of "Anastasia."

Religion with rhythm: LBC Gospel Choir

The Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir has been around for more than 30 years. The group is more than just a choir and members try to use music and song to praise God and share the Christian message.

MU researcher develops tool for diabetes screening

TAG-IT, a new diabetes screening device analyzing six common factors of diabetes, could drastically reduce pre-diabetics from becoming full-onset diabetics. MU School of Medicine's Richelle Koopman developed the device.

Valentine's Day for a flower delivery man

Delivery man Randy Slaughter, who works for Allen's Flowers, enjoys meeting people and making their day with a bouquet even though he's not much for romance himself. Occasionally, though, the recipient says no thanks.

Two Columbia music groups to perform at Missouri Theatre

Two volunteer music groups in Columbia perform Sunday in preparation for a spring tour of Austria.

Three food lovers believe in the romantic power of food

Want to impress your loved one with a fancy meal on Valentine's Day? Three people who love to cook want you to calm down and remember that any food made with love will impress your significant other.

'La Cage' musical says a lot about families

The Columbia Entertainment Company's presentation of "La Cage aux Folles" opens tonight. The cast of about 20 had just more than a month to rehearse.

Love Notes, a musical revue, returns for its eighth year

A musical revue in Boonville this Valentine's Day weekend features songs about all kinds of love — and there's dessert.

How do I love thee? Let me study the brain

Researchers in a relatively new field focused on explaining the biology of romantic love are finding a rather unpoetic explanation: Love mostly can be understood through brain images, hormones and genetics.

Columbia churches offer divorce counseling program

Those who use the DivorceCare program at area churches said it's the feeling of understanding and caring that makes the program successful.

Winter running can be enjoyable with precaution

Avid runners and a medical expert weigh in on how to change your routine to continue running safely in winter weather.