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Expressing emotions through dance

Zach Young could be considered a “sports guy,” and as a dancer of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, athleticism pays off.

Four people diagnosed with flu

Four people in Boone County have already been diagnosed with influenza, and the flu season has not yet officially begun.

Church opens doors for Christmas celebration with international flavor

On Sunday, American and international families gathered at the International Community Church to sing carols in different languages, enjoy exotic food, watch a movie about the origin of Christmas and celebrate homeland traditions.

The Facebook way of life

The social networking site has become a big part of how college students keep in touch, waste time and have fun. But more important, perhaps, it has also developed into a powerful platform for them to broadcast — or shape — their personas.

For the season of Advent, a renewal of the rite of confession

Between now and Christmas, Michael Flanagan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, will once again see large numbers of parishioners lining up before the confessional. It’s the season of Advent, the time of repentance for Catholics as they prepare to celebrate the Nativity.

Penitents choosing online confessions over traditional church ritual

Like it has for just about everything else, the Internet has led to new trends in penance.

Web sites such as IveScrewedUp.com, run by a Protestant church in Florida, and DailyConfession.com., which arranges confessions based on the 10 Commandments, offer penitents a chance to forgive themselves through anonymous, online confessions.

BOONE LIFE: A party for a princess for a day

Wearing gold sparkle eye shadow, a pink dress with swirls and a rhinestone-studded princess crown, Ashton Hall is having her shining moment.

Belief in Brief: Tracing the Christmas tree tradition

For those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree is as much a part of the holiday as Santa Claus. But how the tradition of decorating evergreen trees began isn’t so clear.

Hindu priest serves as keeper of family histories

Ashish Sharma Pawan's handwritten records of 2,500 Hindu families date back 144 years.

Columbians journey to Mecca

Later this week, more than two million Muslims are expected to descend on Mecca for the annual hajj. The Rashids are one of at least two Muslim families from Columbia who will be among them.

BOONE LIFE: Serving up smiles at Lucy’s Diner in downtown Columbia

Just like ‘Cheers,’ everybody really does know your name at Lucy's Diner.

For Baptist pastor, success is a result of inclusion

When John Baker and others reflect on his ministry and how First Baptist has pursued social justice and a sense of community over the last decade, it is clear his work has tried to be consistent with the church’s heritage.

Seeing Life

How to create your own edible ornaments

These easy crafts will bring birds to your backyard. Enjoy their company while they enjoy your generosity.

Spill it: A conversation with Santa Claus

Santa Claus says his favorite part of the holiday season is choosing the right gifts for everyone.

Famous failures

Even the most successful people have failed at some point in their lives.

Sexual assault in Columbia: A helping hand at your fingertips

As Columbia’s population has grown, so has its violent crime, including sexual assaults. The number of rapes reported to police have increased in Columbia since 2004 — in contrast to a national decline — according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Belief in Brief: Hanukkah

Hanukkah, which began Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 12, is different from its neighbors on the December holiday calendar.

Columbia Muslims remain without a leader

Muslims in Columbia have been without an imam since July, but the likelihood of finding a replacement before next spring is slim, said Ahmed Habib, chairman of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri.

Comic creators bring their creativity to the Midwest

Almost 70 years later, Superman is set for a homecoming of sorts — not to Smallville but through writer B. Clay Moore, who makes his home in Kansas City. Moore, 36, is part of a small but productive cadre of comic book writers and artists who are building on each other’s creativity and putting Kansas City on the national map of comic book creators.

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