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BOONE LIFE: Husband and wife befriend, feed stray and feral cats

Christina and David McCullen have been looking after a stray and feral cat colony since 2006

Bedbug stories crawling with hysteria

Nobody had seen one in decades. Then, five years ago, they started showing up in homes and hotels across the country, prompting a flood of calls to pest control professionals. And nothing, it seems, can stop them.

No, not bedbugs. Bedbug newspaper stories.

Food bank depends on Columbia's religious

A portrait of Mother Teresa hangs in the foyer of the Central Missouri Food Bank. It bears an inscription underneath the photo that reads, “Unless life is lived for others it is not worthwhile.” This religious message of service is the food bank’s guiding principle.

The Central Missouri Food Bank is a hunger relief organization serving 145 agencies in 33 counties through the distribution of free food, according to its Web site. The bank relies largely on volunteer efforts in its day-to-day operations, many of whom say volunteering is part of their faith.

‘Socialized medicine’ losing its stigma

A Harvard professor concludes after a survey of more than 2,000 people that ‘socialized medicine’ is a term that no longer frightens Americans.

Belief in Brief: The pope

As the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope is the supreme earthly authority on all matters of faith for nearly 1 billion people worldwide.

 

Belief in brief: Kaparot

An ancient tradition creates some controversy within and outside of the Jewish community.

Food bank relies heavily on fundraisers

The Central Missouri Food Bank gets 57 percent of its revenues from donations.

Classical music icon to visit MU

As the candles are blown out for composer Samuel Adler’s 80th birthday this month, he will be celebrating the landmark in the same fashion in which he has lived his entire life: by dedicating his time and energy to the composition of American music and the education of music students.

On Monday, Adler will visit MU at the invitation of the Esterhazy Quartet, a string ensemble that will perform four of his compositions in honor of the occasion. On Tuesday, Adler will give a free master class, open to the public, that will feature the work of MU student composers.

BOONE LIFE: Love and bean soup

A couple that met over 50 years ago at Ashland’s American Legion Post 152 is still active there today.

Maintain personal health care record ... just in case

Our personal health information — including physicians, emergency contacts, dates of medical procedures, chronic conditions, allergies and medications — is a vital resource for family members, doctors, nurses and the other health care professionals who provide us with treatment or care. Yet, many of us keep more detailed records on our cars.

Columbia mosque finds new imam

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri has hired a new imam after a seven-month search.

Non-invasive cavity treatment being developed

University of Missouri researchers have been developing the “plasma brush” for more than two years.

Belief in brief: Angels as more than just Hollywood constructions

“Touched by an Angel,” “Dogma” and “City of Angels” all depict representations of angels. But as models of the spiritual, the religious and the miraculous, angels are not just movie creations.

State park's missing layers of history

The land at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is rich with layers of cultural history. Park staff are digging into the past to find clues about the area, and they hope community members can help them in preserving the park’s heritage.

Photographer explores high-dynamic range panorama

Abandoned houses aren’t beautiful to most people. To Kent Durk, they’re what he lives for each weekend.

War Over Words

The way Jacquie Sullivan sees it, the motto “In God We Trust” is more about patriotism than religion.

So when the Bakersfield, Calif., councilwoman heard on a Christian radio station in 2001 that protesters on the East Coast were trying to remove the phrase from public buildings, she considered it her civic duty to reverse the trend.

Jazz dance instructor returns to improvisational roots

Stephens dance and film students will be performing the jazz dance piece "New Amazonians: Part 1" on March 7-9 and 14-15 .

Flu case numbers hold steady in Boone County

Flu cases continue to rise in Missouri, and although they are high in Boone County, they are no longer increasing by huge amounts weekly.

BOONE LIFE: The gift of art

Expressive first-grader Lisa Zhou inspires classmates with her detailed artwork.

Advice can help or hurt breast cancer patients

Breast cancer patients often rely on friends or relatives for help, sometimes with advice that may not be the best for the patient. Finding a trained “coach” can aid decision-making for patients.

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