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Rabbi finds vegetarianism to be a religious ideal

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch says vegetarianism is a religious ideal. “When you read about the abuse of animals in our own industrial meat production, then you cannot say that God’s idea about compassion for animals is achieved,” he says. Feintuch blames the nature of modern-day factory farming. “When a shepherd slaughters his sheep, he has some personal sentiments for her, and he will do his best to make sure that she suffers the least, but that is not a value in the meat factory,” Feintuch says. “Judaism cannot be a part of that, as I see it.”

Poem by Pulitzer Prize winner donated to Southeast Missouri State University

The poem, “About a Little Girl,” was written by William Carlos Williams and will be kept in the rare book room of the university’s Kent Library. The family of the girl who the poem was written about donated the manuscript.

July testing at Lake of the Ozarks found low levels of E. coli

The Department of Natural Resources took 55 samples on July 7 from the Community Toll Bridge to mile marker 30. June tests found high levels of E. coli, mainly in high-traffic areas near Tan-Tar-A Resort.

Mo. woman says Wal-Mart, health officials discriminated against her monkey

Debby Rose of Springfield said in the lawsuit that the 10-year-old bonnet macaque helps curb a social anxiety disorder that can cause her to have panic attacks in public.

Animal-loving theater company puts on benefit for Columbia Second Chance

The Independent Actors Theatre will put on a cabaret-style performance which will include songs from classic musicals such as “Damn Yankees” as well as contemporary musicals such as “Wicked.”

Columbia Audubon Society's Cache Project helps protect mid-Missouri birds

Bird watching is more than just a leisure activity; it's also a means of keeping track of local birds and their special habitat needs.

Dhamma Day celebrates Buddhist teachers

Friday marks the day that Theravada Buddhists celebrate Dhamma Day, also known as Asalha Puja or Asanha Puja Day. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month. Dhamma Day commemorates the first teaching of the Buddha.

Rock ’n’ roll cellist to perform at Missouri Theatre

Matt Haimovitz wants to let people know that classical music is still relevant by putting a modern twist on the genre of music that’s been around for hundreds of years.

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay Mo. more than $11M to settle Medicaid fraud case

The payment is part of a national settlement in which the drug-maker has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to 44 states and the federal government. Missouri’s portion of the settlement was announced Tuesday.

Torah thefts stump police, Jewish community

A Torah scroll valued at about $30,000 reported stolen from a St. Louis-area synagogue is one of a handful of Torah scrolls stolen in the past year in the United States. The motive may be a hate crime or the profit from selling sacred documents on the black market.

Archbishop Burke's farewell Mass set for Aug. 17

The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was named last month as the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court.

Panelists debate: Jesus ... Who?

As part of its first Theology Weekend, Karis Community Church gave three panelists the chance to present and defend the Unitarian Universalist, Islamic and Christian viewpoints of who Jesus is.

Parents struggle with kids leaving for camp

For summer camp staff, dealing with "kid-sick" parents has become as common as tending to homesick kids. But experts say camp is good for both children and their parents.

MU medical students develop free clinic for the uninsured

The clinic will be staffed by student volunteers who will begin seeing 15 to 20 patients one day a week in fall 2008. The hours will expand as needed.

History of Missouri’s newspapers coming to Thespian Hall in Boonville

The play “The Editor is Absent: Tribulation & Triumph in Missouri’s Pioneer Press” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Thespian Hall in Boonville.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students help couple clean out flooded home

We’re pretty tired. Everyone’s a little sore from using crowbars and sledge hammers.

Jefferson Bible offers insights into Founding Father's beliefs

Making good on a promise to a friend to summarize his views on Christianity, Thomas Jefferson used a cut-and-paste technique to reassemble the excerpts of Scripture into what believed was a more coherent narrative.

Missouri data mirror national trend for HIV/AIDS diagnoses in some categories

The national report from the CDC suggests that prevention strategies should be strengthened to slow or stop the flow of HIV/among men who have sex with other men.

'I Love America Festival' celebrates faith, family, freedom

The New Life Community Church held its second annual festival at the Boone County Fairgrounds, offering recreation, food and "patriotic family fun."

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students get to work shoveling sludge

Our first main work site was a business located in the Czech district of the city. In the upstairs portion of the building, everything had dried out. But the basement was filled with sludge.

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